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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.

dchackert

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About dchackert

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Being told others enjoy my lights
  • Location
    Terre Haute, IN
  • Biography
    young kid still learning to get bigger and better light display
  • Interests
    christmas lights
  • Occupation
    manager
  • About my display
    2,000 lights last year. have 15,000 available to use this year

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  1. Pics of anyone's display progress

    If anyone knows how to turn off the overhead sprinklers I would appreciate the help. If I can get the mega tree and roof done today/tomorrow I will be golden. If not no sleep for me before/after work. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  2. The Cost of Large Displays

    I completely get this. I had to scale back last year due to those added costs. I also had an electric bill through the roof that to this day I think they somehow some way overcharged me. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  3. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Trick is to do it when there is still some daylight left. Do not wait until it's completely dark. For me in Indiana it's usually around 5 or so is the best time. Still some daylight but dark enough to capture all the bulbs Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  4. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Haha my garage has been a disaster for 2 months now testing and building. It's the same one I'm redoing my bar in so it's just one big cluster bomb Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  5. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Very nice Big J. I'll probably be getting it down to the wire with mine. On and off rain and little kids have been killing my setup Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  6. Pics of anyone's display progress

    I like all the little tid bits too we are seeing on how people do things. Sparking more ideas and lowering that bank account Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Mega tree is ten foot. Haven't fully decided on amount. I completely scrapped my original plan of 4 colors with a controller so just doing a TON of multi colored incans. My buddy bought a house and it and that tree was in his attic so he gave it to me since he's a Grinch. It definitely has the C7s . My hook head just has the hooks screwed in the PVC and slightly poke out the back. I had a million of them so decided to just save a couple bucks this year. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  8. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Got a few pics. Still need to wrap my arch, finish wrapping the candy cane tree, whole roof, mega tree. Crap I go live in just over a week. I gotta get off this thing and back to work! Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  9. Need help between LED light sets

    Old busted strands of lights. Greatest cheapest extension cords ever. Most will still send power from male to female even with all bulbs pulled. Made a little inventory of bulbs that way too. If it ever breaks or just stops working no big deal. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  10. Wrapping trees

    Started mine while the little man was napping. Woke up screaming half way through a strand so it's currently a partial job. Hope to finish this one tonight or tomorrow if I need the daylight that high on my ladder.....while in the bed of my truck Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  11. Found these little beauties

    Absolutely. Especially when I can sell some of what I bought for what I paid for it all. Got some stuff essentially for free minus my time. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  12. Help me put my leftover lights to use!!

    Could always do some mini/mega trees. Not quite either on the size and that would help make it look a bit better. Maybe get a 4-way 8 function controller. Those aren't to expensive from most places Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  13. How to run lights over a fence gate

    Yup. If you did the sign it would be easier to hang. And then because you did that you have "spare" conduit to make arches next to it on each side adding even more lights! Haha Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  14. How to run lights over a fence gate

    I'd almost say square it off with wood. Could easily add a Merry Christmas sign and anything else Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  15. Saved these up from the garbage

    Very well could be. I've got a snowman built the same and I'm just down the road from you in Terre Haute Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
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