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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.


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Everything posted by JeffCarter

  1. Pics of anyone's display progress

    It's all stuff I made or collected. This year I got my hands on a stash of C9 twinkle lamps so I decided to add a little sparkle to the tree. I made a C9 string with 50 sockets at three foot spacing and loaded it up with the clear twinkle lamps. I put them on first and then added the rest of the lights on after. Under the second photo in my post you'll see " linus_2017.MOV " Click it on to see a video of the display. Here's how I made the stars with blinking bells: https://youtu.be/JGjCYvxDmKE
  2. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Phase One complete. Don't forget to add your display to www.ChristmasLightFinder.com. linus_2017.MOV
  3. Christmas Expo 2018

    Just booked my room.
  4. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    It's an old school type display and I limit myself to 40 amps so it's not too big. I'm listed on Christmas Light Finder. http://christmaslightfinder.com/display.php?ID=1555 If you haven't used that yet, I would strongly suggest you do. It's free and a great way for you to let other's know where you are. Here's another one in Marietta to check out: http://christmaslightfinder.com/display.php?ID=1824
  5. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    I live in Mableton in Cobb County.
  6. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    The original link is back up now. My web server burped when I renewed my domain a couple of weeks ago.
  7. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    Here's some other things you can make with PVC pipe... http://www.christmascraftsman.com/christmas-craftsman-tv.html
  8. In less than two weeks you will have just about every kid in your neighborhood knocking on your door trick or treating. What a great time to market your Christmas display. Will Santa be visiting your display this year? Well here's a great time to let the kids know. Along with the candy I give out, I give each kid a small flyer telling them when my lights begin and when Santa will show up. There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood who can't afford a Santa portrait at the mall and this gives their parents an opportunity to snap a photo of their kids on Santa's lap. Even if you don't have a Santa visit, it's a good way to let the kiddies know where the Christmas Lights will be. I print these four to an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. This is this year's flyer and a template if you would like to use it for your display. If you don't have access to graphics program, shoot me a message with what you want and I'll make up one for you as time permits. Template... .
  9. https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=1&acctid=10435
  10. https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=123&acctid=5380
  11. Need to buy 20 artificial trees

    If you can still find some large tomato cages. here's an option...
  12. This little guy is up for sale in Illinois... https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=167&acctid=938
  13. Municipals for sale in Illinois

    Here's another one in you area... https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=167&acctid=938
  14. Instead of re-gifting that CD of Lawrence Welk's Polka Classics that your Aunt Mable gave you for your birthday, use it to brighten your Christmas lights. Here's how. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/36498939894/in/[email protected]/
  15. www.MyDoorDecor.com

    Looks like your garland would be great to re-wrap municipal decorations!
  16. Brightest C7

    I think you should be fine in Illinois. I use the vintage GE C9 ceramics (10watts) outside in Georgia where December nights gets into the 40's and they are cool enough to touch in that environment. Wouldn't hurt to test like qberg suggested.
  17. Brightest C7

    I would suggest trying Merdian as well. Home Depot has a pack of two for just under $5. They are the closest to a white incandescent color I've ever seen in an LED.
  18. Lots of Lights Needed

    Check out Creative Displays in nearby Kansas: http://www.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/profile/24784-creative-displays-inc/ They give a Planet Christmas discount too. Also, here's the list of vendor's from this year's Christmas Expo. Not all of them sell lights but many do... http://www.christmasexpo.com/exhibitor-list/
  19. New Ownership Creative Displays Inc.

    Welcome to our world!
  20. https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&searchPg=Category&additionalParams=true&sortOption=ad&timing=BySimple&timingType=&category=164
  21. 2016 Display need suggestions

    If you want to add some vintage styled elements or if you would like to look though some Christmas lighting guides to spark some ideas, check out my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/
  22. Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    Here's a Poloron... https://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/sets/72157621907426721/with/3818922294/
  23. Send me a picture of the mission bells. [email protected] Thanks!
  24. GFP Closing

    It appears they are talking with a possible buyer...Stay tuned... https://pilotonline.com/business/general-foam-plastics-to-close-norfolk-and-n-c-factories/article_f9601fbf-fd24-5c79-8b7d-3233bf1f074b.html
  25. What Happened to the Vendor Listing