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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 Maroonz28

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    Doug Pellett

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    Bad santa
  • Location
    Andover, MN
  • Biography
    Born in Chicago, lived in Arkansas and now in Minnesota. Started putting up lights when I was 7 years old.
  • Interests
    Flying, football, baseball, hockey.
  • Occupation
    Pilot and work in bar
  • About my display
    Collection of blow molds, wire sculptures, and 30k lights. Just bought a corner lot house for the reason of decorating for Christmas.
  1. So is it just me?

    Gonna do the same if it’s not too cold this year.
  2. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    They’re bitchy till you let them know you’re serious about buying and will spend money. I told them I was gonna leave with one no matter what and they were very helpful and nice after that. Even let me go into the back room by myself to look without any hesitation.
  3. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    If you’re in or around Chicago, Rosebud Antiques in Countryside, IL has a huge selection of vintage blow molds. Prices are kinda high but they have a huge selection of old blow molds. Bought a Grand Venture Green Bay Packers snowman from there. Lots of cool blow molds if you don’t mind the higher prices.
  4. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Looks good aputernut. I agree, blow ups are a bit cheesy.
  5. Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    Not on the roof but this is how I mounted my sleigh and reindeer. Steel wire from Menards ran between two trees with screw eye to loop it thru. Then hang the figurines with floral wire from the stainless steel wire
  6. Do you have any info on these?

    American Sales but they’re selling out quick. I ended up getting the last one at the Naperville store.
  7. Do you have any info on these?

    You can pick up that santa brand new ata menards for 30 dollars with the mail in rebate now
  8. Mechanical waving santa sleigh blow mold help

    Seems like a good price for how rare it is
  9. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Just about done now. Couple things and good to go,
  10. Who's ready to light up?

    Finishing the rest today. Light it up on dec 1st.
  11. Mike's 2016 Xmas Display

    Awesome. Some really nice inflatable you have
  12. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Thinking of doing the same Logan but afraid the neighbors might get irritated
  13. Incandescent Lights CHEAP!!

    Wow that’s cheap
  14. Hi from Alabama

    Very cool. Welcome.
  15. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    Yeah. It is 24.99. I about pooped my pants when I saw the price for those.