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  • 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.
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dchackert

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dchackert last won the day on October 14 2017

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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

    This was all before I had to scale back a bit to sell my house. On a positive note I get to completely redesign my display next year with a new house. Looking forward to that! Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  2. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Finally got some good photos and a video before I have to start tearing it all down tomorrow to sell. I even had to go half size on the Xmas tree inside to "open" up the living room. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  3. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Good news/bad news....we just found out we got the offer on a new house.....bad news is I now have to take down my of my display per the Realtor to now sell our house. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  4. Pics of anyone's display progress

    I've got the roof flashing between 3 sections. Trail of lights to my star has begun to sag to need to get that tightened up. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  5. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Anyone have a static display and play your own music still over FM transmitter or have a Tune in sign to the local Christmas radio station? Thought about doing one this year Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  6. Saved these up from the garbage

    Glenn.....Here it is lit up during the day. I'll get you a better one the next few days. I didn't have much time this year to add arms, a hat, and face. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Got basically everything done besides the mega tree. Got held up yesterday putting an offer in on a new house. Everything up now is ready to shine tonight. Few minor small things I'll put up over the next few days. Hopefully if we get this house the Realtor says I don't need to take my lights down to sell my current one! Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk I'll hopefully get some better evening pics of the next few days Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  8. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Finally got some decent string of days to finish up. Had my 4 year old daughter "helping" me and this beaut of a sweater to power through to the finish. Should finish and hopefully have some pics tomorrow of everything. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  9. Incandescent Lights CHEAP!!

    Just sent you a PM. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  10. Storing spare bulbs and fuses

    I wish I could get away with ten. Worst part is I get everything down early to late September and that's when they are at their worst Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  11. Storing spare bulbs and fuses

    Story of my life. Even when I think they can't get in my totes they find a way in. I use the same general type of thing for lights/fuses. Makes things so easy when replacing stuff. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  12. Pics of anyone's display progress

    I don't mind heights until I have the ladder in the bed of my truck and I'm standing on the top step! Lol the things we do for our obsession Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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