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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Krampus!
  • Location
    Newark, California
  • Biography
    Old school incandescent fan
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    mostly inside
  1. Looking for LED version of old school incandescents

    AWESOME. I found these, which are kind of what I had in mind: C7 LED Multi-Color Quick & Slow Change Replacement / Retrofit Bulb If you scattered those through the light string, it might provide the desired effect. Thanks!
  2. When I grew up, the Christmas tree was magically random. We used the big C7 incandescent bulbs, with a mix of solid burning and TwinkleBrite bulbs. This was back in the day when the 'chasing'/programmed twinkle lights weren't a thing yet. So...the tree twinkled randomly. After an unfortunate incident in which an overly dry tree got scorched (think big brown spots!) from the incandescents, I switched to the cooler LEDs and twinkles. But I've always missed the random individual twinkles. Everything switching off and on at the same time, or chasing each other, just isn't quite the same. LED tech has come quite a distance in the past ten years, and I SWEAR that a year or two ago I saw an LED string that not only twinkled randomly/individually, but also changed colors on each bulb individually. I've never been able to find that string, though. Does a random twinkle LED string exist? Or was I hallucinating?