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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.

Glenn Barber

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About Glenn Barber

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  • Birthday 06/04/1954

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  • Location
    Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA
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    Lots of Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Administrative and Fiscal Analyst
  1. Inflatable repair

    Xenon, OK, I have tried everything to try and fix this BRAND NEW motor on my inflatable. I guess I am going to have to get a different motor for it. Here a picture of the motor and info on the motor. Are we still looking at $10 plus shipping? I really don't want to throw this inflatable away. - I just pulled it out of the box!
  2. Inflatable repair

    I can tell that it is running but I do not notice a Buzzing noise.
  3. Inflatable repair

    xenon - Thank You I might just do that - let me try to fix mine! $10 really reasonable.
  4. Inflatable repair

    Xenon - Thank You, let me see what I can do this weekend - if no luck I will send you the size the broken Motor has on it. Then we can talk price. Glenn
  5. Inflatable repair

    Big J - Xenon, Thanks for the suggestions. Like I said, I pulled it brand new right out of the box, plugged it in (and nothing) - I will say, the lights all work but not the blower. I am running late getting my display up but I should be completely finished by Friday night - I plan to try and get it working this weekend - I am going to take both of your suggestions and see what happens - if it works I will surely let you know. Thanks again!!
  6. Inflatable repair

    I had a large Snow globe that got a rip a couple of years ago and used the silver tape you wrap around duct work - worked great - BUT I bought a smaller Brand new Snow globe last year (AIRBLOWN) after Christmas sale - brought it out for the first time this year and the darn motor will not blow - Lights and everything else works fine but the motor won't blow air. Any suggestion on what I might do other than toss it? I don't want to spend a ton of time on it. My Snowman did the same thing this year but I gave it a good slap and it started working (hehe) - The snow globe did not work after I splapped it.
  7. Wind ripped my Inflatable Snow Globe

    Thanks John those are some good ideas. I like the pool patch idea. I will go to HD and get some. But today the high is 28 Degrees and the staples are holding (LOL) and I will wait till Thursday. Thanks you for you resposne.
  8. The wind grabbed my 8 foot tall Snow Globe last Saturday night a threw over the fence. It ripped it in the back on a seam about a foot long - how is the best way to temporarily repair it until after Christmas? Right now I have it stapled (LOL) and it is holding. I don't expect it to hold much longer.
  9. Made it through the Storms

    OK Guys, I have been putting up a Christmas display since i was a little kid but a sizable display since 2001. I learned a long time ago for where I live (Spring Hill, Tennessee) or better known as Dixie Alley anchor down everything. Also, over the years I have had problems with my breakers kicking when it rains real hard and so I would just turn everything off. I have tried every trick there is to protect my electrical plugs to no avail. Well this year, with what we went through last night with wind and hard rain, NOT ONE THING blew over and ALL my lights stayed on without fail. I did have a coule of strings of lights in the trees that I have to put back on the limbs but no big deal. I was so excited - of course no one was out looking at lights. All I did this year was before I plugged something in I put Electrical Silicon (RTV at AutoZone) on all of the female plugs and plugged the male in - it sealed the connection - I also put it on the exposed female plugs. I also sprayed WD-40 on the outside of the plug - Someone told me to do this that it would stop moisture from settling on the plug (obviously it worked) and then got the plugs off the ground with plant stakes. Like I said i have tried everything to protect my plugs from the rain but after many years I have found something that works for me in Dixie alley. I know that there are some that will think I am crazy but hey, it works for me. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GREAT DISPLAY!!!!!
  10. Snow Machines

    I decided to pull out my old snow machine and use it this weekend. There was somewhere on PC that someone put out a formula for making snow using Mr. Bubbles and alcohol. What I need is the mixture amounts. Anyone know?
  11. Christmas Light Fight 2015 Question

    Thank You - I will look it up on the internet - I can tell if it is a GOBO spotlight. Merry Christmas!!!!
  12. Hey guys, I got a question - the family from Greenville SC had several big rotating sopt lights on the top of their house with a dome over them for protection from the weather. What is the exact name for that light and dome and where can I buy one? Glenn
  13. LED Wire Frames

    I transferred over to LED's about three years ago and I love it. Not because it saves money (it does that) but the amount you can string together on one ext chord is what I am excited about. Man that saves a lot of time. I was wondering, does anyone know of a company or someone in the Nashville Tennessee area that would replace old lights on wire frames and put LED's on them? I know I could do it but I have other Christmas projects I would rather do. if you have any idea's let me know. I was thinking about calling Christmas Done bright in Springfield TN and see if they would do it.
  14. LED Keeper PODS

    The Big Box Stores do not carry them - at least not in My city in Spring Hill TN - Radio Shack Carry's them. Someone also sent me a website one time where you can buy them cheap. Hope this helps!!! Glenn
  15. Rab - You are absolutely right - Guys like us do not have all the resources like the Opryland Hotel here in Nashville to do the outrageous displays and when I see any size display at someone's home I know it was done from the heart and because of the love of it. We also like driving through neighborhoods and seeing all the light - we get lots of neat ideas - what I HATE doing is driving through the ritzy neighborhoods here in Williamson County and knowing that a professional company put up the lights. You can really tell because everything is perfect. But at least they put lights up. I am (61) as well and I think as long as I am at least healthy I will have something put out. But I am like Roger, I have kids and grand kids but none of them are interested in taking on my tradition. HECK, I can barely get them to come see the display once it's up. LOL!!!!!!!!!! - but guys, for now, lets keep it going and when that day comes we will know what to do. Roger, once again, good luck and if you can, sell all of your display together. Rab, Roger and all on this topic, Merry Christmas to all of you and your family and be careful on the roof!!! BTW, I am so happy - I have a guy coming to my house this year and do a video and pictures of our display with a DRONE. I am fired up about that. hehehehehehehehehehe
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