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  • 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.

Grouchster

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About Grouchster

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  • Birthday 10/14/1983

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    For me, I have many favorites, they range from Displays I have done to people I have encountered while working the Christmas Tree lot selling or delivering Christmas Trees.
  • Location
    Maricopa, Arizona, USA
  • Biography
    I am 34 years old currently, have been decorating my houses since 2005 and assisting with my parents and in-laws since 2000 or so. Now that i have 3 kids it means even more to me to have the best display possible to allow them to enjoy every moment of it. I love making others happy and allowing them to enjoy the Christmas spirit through my lights. My wife is a huge support with allowing me the time to get everything done. I work 2 jobs during the season normally, the 2nd selling and delivering Christmas Trees.
  • Interests
    Outdoors, making everyone as happy as I can and giving my family the best life possible.
  • Occupation
    Amazon
  • About my display
    Over the past 12 years I have taken static displays to adding twinkling and gone from Ceramic C9s to slowly converting to LED. I cover as much as I can each year with time permitting and try to add more every year after.
  1. Driveway Arch - Guy Wire Help

    This year was my first year to add arches to my drive way. I have 3 car wide driveway, I rarely take time to research anything(going forward I will now) so I used regular 3/4" PVC in 20' lengths, then cut 2' off of one end making each arch roughly 38' in length. I used 2' re bar on each end then used many support places with smaller gauge rope at various angles and points throughout the house and yard. I only attached 2 strands of LED C6 multi colored strands to each arch, I of course wanted to do more but was not sure of how well these would hold together being my first attempt at them. I did 9 arches in total and braced them all together using "Ts" and PVC between each arch.
  2. Where Are The Planetchristmas Members In Az

    I am in Maricopa
  3. Living in AZ it is always hard to keep decorations over the years, the heat destroys things so fast, I would love to get some help and thoughts on another Ferris Wheel, my Gemmy blew over years ago and broke. This year I finally built my first arches over my driveway using PVC, 38ft lengths. Any help though fro the ferris wheel would be appreciated.
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