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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.

Tired_Yeti

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About Tired_Yeti

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke chapter 2
  • Location
    Texas
  • Biography
    I was born at a very young age and have been alive ever since.
  • Interests
    Building a magical Christmas display that dazzles the neighborhood and inspires my neighbors to get into the season.
  • Occupation
    Working
  • About my display
    My wide and I have different tastes. Hers are more "old fashion" vintage style. I like colorful, cartoony, and animated. We're pretty new to setting up an outdoor display. Right now, it's only lights around the eves and one inflatable Santa/penguin igloo.
  1. Halloween

    I have a toddler so I have to keep my Halloween very kid-friendly since she gets scared easily. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I just drove through a neighborhood last night on my way home and saw several houses with, not only displays set up, but lights ON already! Personally, it's too early to light up. Set up? Sure. Switch it on? Not yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. How do you raise money for your show?

    I read every post in this entire thread and still have no idea what this is about. There been no clarity on what "House of Compassion" is or "the show". The only thing I get is that the kid wants to get some money. ...something about a charity of some sort...something about a show. A very weird thread. All I know is at 14, I wasn't raking yards or anything fun like that. At 14, is was a "spooner" on the "slime line" in a fish cannery in Alaska. I was the youngest employee working with a lot of tough, weathered commercial fishing type guys. It was intimidating and I was the brunt of many practical jokes. It was loud and miserably cold all day, everyday. Gross as hell too. Fish blood and guts all over the place everyday. You had to wash your clothes in distilled white vinegar if you had any hope of trying to get the smell out. Usually even that didn't help and you could never get the smell out. Most of us had a set of work clothes that we simply threw away at the end of the season. Anyway, good luck with your box, charity, show, job...whatever. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Halloween

    I do a Halloween display. It's small right now because I'm just starting out. Haven't owned this house too long. I usually discuss the Halloween stuff in another forum. I have a toddler so I keep my stuff very kid-friendly and avoid the scary stuff. I have a couple other little things that aren't in this shot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanksgiving Display

    I like the idea of a Thanksgiving display. I think it's probably a more important Christian holiday (I say that in reference to giving thanks, not to its origins) than Christmas. The jack o' lanterns look more Halloween to me, though. I really like the scarecrows. Anyway to shine light on those at night? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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