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  • 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.

uptownguy2000

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About uptownguy2000

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My own story- Walking around Grandma's Christmas wonderland
  • Location
    Asheville, NC
  • Biography
    Enjoys blending old and new alike.
  • Interests
    science, world interests, food, and Christmas (most holidays- it's building) decorating.
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  • About my display
    Somewhat new enthusiast (4th setup)- 86 blowmolds, typical l.e.d mixed with incandescent- many colorchanging/ chasing/ twinkling/ fading, 200ft. of Gemmy lightshow synchrolights icicles, 100ft of Gemmy shootingstar icicles, Disney LED colorchange. 200 traditional C9. Last count around 6500 lights total- to be updated (12-21-17)

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  1. Options to fix snowman frame

    I highly advise against this endeavor- permanent marker is not the least permanent. From experience- sharpie on blow molds fades within weeks, sharpie on C7 incandescent burns off in an odd manner. Sharpie for a quickfix may work- but the sun will fade it rapidly. I just use krylon paint for plastic for my fades wireframes that have rope lighting. Taping off certain areas, spraying at night time or in a dark location even if closed while frame lighted, spraying as near lightly as possible until the desired color depth.
  2. Ebay, they're even thinner than a C7. I was searching for led filament bulbs when I came across them. I paid $3 for it, and waited about 6 weeks for it to get here.
  3. New member our scene for 2017

    The giant oil lamps are really, REALLY cool too! One of my favorite pieces you have, along with everything! Lol
  4. New member our scene for 2017

    Thank you so much, I love the extra photos!
  5. I use butcher knives! LOL These little guys help a whole lot too-----> They're called LED corn bulbs. The 9W really seems as bright as a 100W incandescent.
  6. Howdy Doody w/ Santa

    Welcome and enjoy! I might try clear Silicone caulking or rubber cement myself. Use some masking tape over the front of the crack to create a seal and remove it afterward. I just thought that up, there could a different, easier alternative, or something more difficult and longer-lasting. Or easier, and longer-lasting . Not sure, and it would totally be an experiment. You could definitely add, or change out the lightcord. Probably be a good idea to modernize the cord anyway given the age.
  7. New member our scene for 2017

    Way cool, Is it fiberglass? Merry Christmas!!
  8. New member our scene for 2017

    Very very beautiful! What about the snowman with tuxedo jacket and red vest?
  9. 2017 Display- video

    LOL people are odd creatures, I feel really sorry for his lost soul actually.
  10. 2017 Display- video

    Thank you- I actually got told by someone that the display looks half-hearted, except they used a different portion on the body lol. After prying into their mind a little bit I discovered they were projecting self-hate. I Can't tell you the amount of compliments I've received from the passerby's. I actually had a church bus come by this year!
  11. Multi Function net lights how to keep in sync?

    The lights sets themselves would have to have a memory feature within the functions. I'm not sure anything can be done to make remedy. Someone else may have some insight, but I believe that a memory feature must be something included with preset sequence lights from the manufacturer. What type are they and where did you pick them up from?
  12. 2017 Christmas Display

    I hope that can be me one day! I'm going to pass out a large bag of multi incandescents next year and offer to help a few folks; but me personally- I don't wanna instill any rivalry amongst the neighborhood. As is, I'm the Christmas nut on the block- I wouldn't want anyone to think I was trying to be the best.
  13. I used two of the three rings, and intend on making a couple other combinations next year. The preset lights are black duct-taped to the rings, and I was able to space a set of 24 lights around one ring fairly evenly. 2 sets total. I thought about trying it around the first week into December and then attached it to the line with a separate power cord. There is a color-change led flood in the background. Taping lights uniformly in place around the rings provides a lighted geometric platform. I need to experiment with wrapping loose lights around one of the frames with uniform taped lights. Each ball contains 200-250 led and incandescent mix lights depending on the ball.
  14. Custom Christmas Light Cord

    I love it! It is very, very high on my to do list now!
  15. Squirrels and other pests

    Oh my gracious that sounds like a nightmare you all are dealing with! What about any of the audible high pitch devices that keep animals away, I believe they vary in decibel creature dependent. No idea of reliability though. I'm assuming they're munching it up while powered down correct? We did, and do- have trouble with squirrels eating the wire for our invisible dog fence. One of the reasons we no longer use it.
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