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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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About joshua2415

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to list
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    There are 2 seasons...Grass Season and Christmas!!!!
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  • About my display
    Tasteful, not over the top or gaudy.
  1. 2017 Display

    This year, we did the birch tree differently and added more red. We added window wreaths and some green to the mailbox. We also put some red on the shrubs up by the house, and changed from warm white on the rose bush on the left, to red. My wife bought another set of deer from Sam's; she loves them things. She made 2 more tomato cage trees for each side of the front door, with red, green and white. I was also able to light the highest peak on the house, although they are a retrofit line with warm white C9's, as the other lines are GE C9's from Lowe's. I much prefer the retrofit lights, even my wife agrees...so I guess next year it will be retrofits for all the lines of the house. Now all need is a little bit of the snow North Georgia got and it would be complete.
  2. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    People...they sure do make you laugh!
  3. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    That's a good read for anyone considering not putting lights out for Christmas.
  4. Silent site?

    I hope it's not dying! Say it ain't so!!
  5. ok, here's an easy one...instead of a Christmas bonus, what does Clark get from his boss?
  6. He worked really hard, Grandma...not sure if, that's right
  7. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Bill V...now, that's funny right there!
  8. I'm looking for ideas on hanging wreaths on the outside of windows. There has to be someone on here that started this topic already... Thanks to all!!
  9. That's just was I was wondering. We have a river birch that my wife did last year. She did the wrap thing on the branches, but couldn't go all they way up the tree. In the end, it looked like a giant red spider sitting on a post of white lights. This year, I want to try the vertical drape, but she is resistant. I don't want the swirl look of running them horizontally around the tree.
  10. Well, this season is upon us, although I've seen some on here already in the thick of it. This year, as with every year, I try to do things smarter. I've been considering the outlines of my driveway and flower beds. Each year, I've used those stakes for each light and they work well, but it's getting more time consuming, especially with the ground being hard clay and adding more lights. I've been trying to come up with away similar to using PVC pipe, like I use for my windows and garage door, albeit more flexible. I was thinking of using a flexible pipe or tubing and zip tie the lights to it, and then lay them around my flower beds, etc. Anyone have any input on this? I'd appreciate everyone's ideas.
  11. 2015 Display...looking for ideas for 2016

    Thanks nickdunn and qberg for the input. I appreciate everyone's insight! My wife wants some solid colors, but she wants to do some mini trees. The picture is not the best, because the columns are actually wrapped in red and white alternating C5's. It's also hard to tell, but there is a red, green and white mini tree in the center of the middle group of deer. I did it kinda fast just to see how it would look; I'm trying to get my wife on board with red and green mixed. Jeff Carter suggested the house outline to have a red at every 5th light. I brought it up to my wife...she promptly shot it down. I have to wean her into the color each year. I also want to redo the tree where the lights are all through the canopy of the tree. It's a river birch and the limbs aren't big enough to wrap like they are now. My wife also wants to put wreaths on the windows next year, so I may redo the frames to just highlight the borders, since a wreath will light up the middle. I may try the shutter idea...that's not a bad idea. Thanks again for everyone's input and compliments!
  12. 2017 Suggestions

    Me personally, I was looking for warm white. I'd like to duplicate the old school look as close as possible. I may just have stick with the faceted ones...
  13. 2017 Suggestions

    Yes, that's them.
  14. 2017 Suggestions

    I second KeysNole's suggestion.
  15. 2015 Display...looking for ideas for 2016

    Here is our 2016 display. We added another set of reindeer, more net lights & more red lights...still didn't figure a way to get lights over to the other side of the roof above the garage. Thanks to all who provided suggestions and compliments on last years display, I appreciate it! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!