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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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  1. I just looked and our local HOme Depot shows red, green, white, yellow, and blue RBL c9 LEDs in stock. $7.99 each.

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    LOR Plug-N-Show Black Pixel Tree Kit - 16 strips of 25 pixels. Also included is a Gen 3 Mini Director Card with Mp3 Player that has the SD Card Reader/Writer. I bought these after Christmas last year but never used them so they are new in box. Decided I'm not quite ready to enter the world of pixels. Combined these items are selling currently for $725, I will sell for $625 and you pay the shipping as well.


  3. 2016 Display need suggestions

    Thanks for the tips! I plan to remain static. I am doing C9s from HLE on the entire roofline and currently building the pvc frames for them using the 1/2" pvc with j channel design I saw on this site. I wont get to the windows this year. Maybe next year. We were planning to move last spring but it didn't happen. So it cut down on my time spent building for this years display. I also would like some snowflakes for the roof but haven't committed to this. I am also adding a large wreath on the garage and the bushes will be white so the house outline, bushes and wreath will be white. I found 30 of the 3 foot candy cane lights for the walkway. Im putting up a 10 ft mega tree that will be green red and white. 2,400 c6 lights. I found 4 of the 6 ft spiral trees at a yard sale. Debating whether to buy rope lights for these and have them flank the mega tree 2 on each side (our yard is very wide)? Maybe 2 green 2 white? Anyone like these trees? i have been 👀 for blow molds but haven't decided if or what I want. I also have a snowman design that I might use to build a plywood cutout. I have access to a projector. Decisions, decisions. Can't believe it's October. Love this time of year. Have fun all!
  4. 2016 Display need suggestions

    Hello I am new to this site and so glad I found it as I have already gotten some great ideas to improve my display. My current display is: Gemmy Light Show LED shooting star icicles. These hang from the only gutters we have on the house front. There is a gutter to the left side that you can just see the edge of. C9 LED for pathway Blow up Santa C7 green bush C6 Red bush Candy canes LED rope light on lamppost porch trees that we got free that I wrapped with warm white LEDs Green red and white spotlights that I don't think I am using correctly Looking for suggestions to improve the display. My wife likes warm white but is accepting of the color since our kids are young and love the colors. I don't want it to look too random. I am probably more into classic looks from what I've seen described on here. I plan to get some blow molds. My mother in law is the queen of garage sales and will find some this summer. The icicle lights aren't bad but aren't very bright. Keep? I want to do a 12 foot mega tree. Maybe on the left behind the candy canes? What colors would be best? I also plan to do mini trees but not sure where to put them. Suggestions? what about windows, roof, and garage? Do I need flood lights instead of the spotlights? What colors? I'd like to pick up supplies while the online vendors have sale prices thru the end of February. we have about 1 acre plus another acre of woods in the back. To the right of the picture is our driveway and we do have a 20 foot evergreen at the back of the driveway that I've thought about wrapping with lights. There's some space next to it that would work well for 1-2 smaller Mega trees too. Sorry the pic isn't great, we have lots of trees in our yard. I appreciate any suggestions!