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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 vette-kid

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    ...The Christmas Story, of course!
  • Location
    Niceville Florida
  • Biography
    Husband and Father of 2 kids, I love to share the Christmas message and the real meaning for the season with my little ones and those around me.
  • Interests
    Running, Cars, tools, holiday decorating (a new one, but its taking)
  • Occupation
    Be the best husband and father I can be!
  • About my display
    ...working on it!
  1. Target Christmas Clearance! ALREADY?

    I gotta get back to Lowes tomorrow. I don't think they even had any blow molds besides mickey mouse. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  2. Dougg, I guess I will take your word for it, but I have never geeky a hot led. I have used them in several applications, not just Christmas lights. A few that were a little warm, but never hot. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  3. Pics of anyone's display progress

    So you are using that outside? How are you protecting it from the elements? Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  4. Maybe there was a typo in your post originally, but LEDs should not get hot. I've never had an LED generate heat. At least not noticeably. With about 8k lights I'm only pulling about 8 amps, that includes a few incan bulbs in blow molds and a projector. Probably less than 7 if I switch this over as well. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  5. Target Christmas Clearance! ALREADY?

    In thinking is going to be a light haul as well. I've been checking all the stores weekly and most are getting pretty thin already and on sale as much as 50% (just not on anything I want). Lowes is getting bare, kmart is all but out. Lady year I got about 5k lights, hoping to get that much this year, but it's looking slim. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  6. Pics of anyone's display progress

    What type of light do they have in them? If it's a candelabra base like blow molds you can get some pretty bright led for it that work great in blow molds. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Ours has a few big boxes of them as well. Might have to grab some, they look great in that display. I wasn't sure how they would look. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  8. Last year kmart had a TON of lights left the first week of January. I got about 12 reels at 85%off. They must have learned a lesson because they are nearly out already...or they are dumb enough to have another shipment coming....I'll have to go back and check next week. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  9. I'm complaining

    Only locals are allowed. Tourists must be nice at all times![emoji41] Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  10. It is a trend, but it varies by store. Our lowes is at 50% on SELECT items. Mostly junk, but a few cool items. Some of the light are at 30%, most are still full price. Kmart is at 40% and just about out of everything. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  11. I'm complaining

    Yeah, but that's a pain. I'd have to measure each light as I'm putting them up. Take long enough already. Havn't even got to color. ..just in a foul mood I guess. I'll live. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  12. Raindrop lights, meteor lights, snowfall lights, etc

    Thanks Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  13. I just used a good razor blade. Cuts pretty easy, might be cleaner with a drill and step bit (id do that if a need to do another). But a blade will work. No one is looking at that side to see that my circle isn't even. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  14. big tree

    What is it supposed to look like and where did you get it? Hopefully it was a good deal. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  15. I'm complaining

    Starting to shop for sales and learning that no one uses the same spacing on C9 bulbs. At least in the commercially available stuff. So now that I already have a few hundred feet of ecosmart c9s I'm stuck with those unless I abandoned them all and switch to something else. Grrr...frustrating. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
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