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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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Rynelson last won the day on January 28 2016

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About Rynelson

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  • Birthday 04/07/1998

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    Ryan Nelson

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Going to see "The Way of Lights" every year in Belleville, IL
  • Location
    Collinsville, IL
  • Biography
    Love Christmas
  • Interests
    Volleyball, Duct tape, Decorating for Holidays
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    26,000 lights and counting!

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  1. 3 car driveway arches

    Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?
  2. 3 car driveway arches

    Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?
  3. Spt Wire And Plugs *help*

    Just curious, but is there a limit to how many inline plugs you can put on one string? I want to connect a long string of my bushes to use for LOR. They are all LED so I am not worried about overloading the amperage. Ryan
  4. Requiring Blowmolds

    I'd stop and tell her that the decorations would be going to a good home where many people will enjoy seeing them.
  5. 2/3 hobo clowns

    Nice score! Just also found the same hobo clown you have on the left along with six other blow molds today. I already can't wait for next season!
  6. blow mold repaint rookie

    Have you bought any Krylon spray paint recently, because my Walmarts have quite carrying them and instead replaced them with that universal spray paint that does not have a good selection of color choices?
  7. Tree Dazzler

    I was curious about how well these worked, I have seen hundreds of these boxes on clearance at all the big box stores and no on seems to be buying them.
  8. LEDs 50% off at Home Depot.

    Cool! Thanks for letting us know about this, Ill have to try it out tomorrow!
  9. LEDs 50% off at Home Depot.

    How is that possible??? Was it just by luck they took off the extra discount for you? ; )
  10. Do the Osborn lights have a new home??

    Interesting... They do indeed look like the Osborne lights that Disney has had for the last few years except this year. It would be too bad if Disney dosen't keep these signature pieces.
  11. I know this has been a topic on here before, but it has been awhile since i have seen a newer post. I was wondering if anyone has found any good LED bulbs that are good replacements for the C7 incan bulbs inside inflatables because i am going to need to stock up on some more bulbs soon?
  12. Snow Globe Projection

    Your snow globe is amazing! I have seen some other people do this and I want to do something similar for my display in the future. I am curious what kind of projector you used and how you were able to waterproof it so you can keep it outside?
  13. 2016 Display - 30k lights

    Looks great mwalz! Your deer and sleigh project look great on the roof! Only thing your missing is santa on the roof Aslo think about adding a roof chimmy that smokes, which I am hoping to do for next season.
  14. General Foam Rediculously Large "C7" Bulbs At Walmart

    I gotta see green!!!
  15. Giant C9 blow mold bulbs

    Our walmart has them in red, blue, and yellow but no green! Can someone post a picture of a green bulb please?