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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.

Dale W

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    It is cool
  1. Single Grinch cutout display

    I use paint pens from Hobby Lobby. I dump a bunch of it onto the surface and use my fingers to paint with. It holds up on the plastic and under the sunlight with out fading.
  2. Single Grinch cutout display

    I saw this and made one. Yo could add a One Antler Max to it if you felt like it. Make sure he's pointing the right way.
  3. Everybody's display looks like each other's. They use the same stuff: arches, lights, LOR, flashy songs. how can anybody tune in for "new ideas"?
  4. Where you get your templates

    Coloring books and online. And after you get the final drawing you want, use excel to print a life size image (I use 11"x17" paper) to trace. excel will convert your image to 48" x 96". It gets somewhat pixelated, but it works for tracing. Tape them together like a puzzle because it prints out approx 40 sheets. you have to edit the dimensions of the image to do this.
  5. Need help making a Hawaiian Santa

    Buy a mannequin online and dress it up as you see fit
  6. Lost our storage unit...just venting

    Bummer. It's sad when people's mistakes impact you and there is nothing you can do about it. My neighbor had the same thing happen to him. He moved and didn't get his annual bill even though he had given the owner a forwarding address. By the time he thought about it, his stuff was sold too. He had lots of cut outs he lost.
  7. 2015 Coro display

  8. That's an awesome job. Thanks for the link. You inspired me to duplicate on of the projects on that page.
  9. I saw this link in the lost Santa and reindeer thread. http://www.christmascraftsman.com/vintage-popular-mechanics-christmas-ideas.html Anyway, here's what I did with it using 10 ml coroplast. thanks for the original link
  10. Rain keeps shutting down display

    Disclaimer: I do not do this with a foot or snow on the ground (or any snow) i live where we get a ton of rain. What I found that worked was a wire used to lift the connection from the ground. more or less, you can build one with a coat hanger see a crude illustration below. Make a "U" with a long tail. Place the plug in the "U" U I I I I It worked for me very good except for when there were really heavy rains that soaked everything. And by heavy rains, it was in the range of 1-3" per night.
  11. Hunt The Krampus

    Try a cutout. My preferred medium is coroplast. It'd be cool.
  12. Depending on the complexity of your display and the song, it could take you a few hours to tweak it to your home. IMO the good news is that there are tons of people that share sequences, so you can get ideas on how to make them work for yours. but the rule of thumb I found applicable, up to a couple of years ago: for every 16 channels, you could expect to spend up to 10 hours per song minute. My only advice is that as you connect everything, test and troubleshoot along the way. It will save you heartburn in the end.
  13. Sequencing with LOR is a labor intensive bear. There is no easy way to program the song and still have nice songs. So, you don't need to register the units with LOR, but you do have several steps you have to get your computer to see them and communicate with them. i would recommend immersion over on the LOR forum. And on the LOR website, there are several instructions on how to program your units, etc. best of luck
  14. Probably who you are looking for. It's a very good display. https://www.facebook.com/williamsonworkshop/info/?tab=page_info Larry Russell is also in the area in west Lincoln county. He recently moved there from Puckett http://merrychristmasmississippi.com

    I can assist. Pm me