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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.

Ralph Priest

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    Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
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    Health and fitness,sports
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    Retired L.E.O.
  1. Dept 56 North Pole

    We recently inherited several North Pole Village pieces, both buildings and accessories, that we have no room to display. Is there a viable resale market for these and how would we set our prices?
  2. LEDs stringers

    We have a two-story,colonial, with a fully covered front porch. I want to run lights,vertically, from the top roof ridge--over the front face--over the front porch roof and to the ground. Now--that's a long run;so, I'm wondering which lights would do the best job. Using only LEDs, should I simply use C9s or make a super string of two colors of C7s? Of course,the C9s option would be faster and cheaper.
  3. Expo 2017

    I forgot to ask at our Va. Mini--is anyone in the area going to PC Expo in Nashville?
  4. Va. Mini

    Sorry for my having to ask, but those of you who won LOR gift certificates, I need you to send me your email addresses again. LOR will not honor them until I personally notify my contact there. Thanx!
  5. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    As I have previously posted,I have several items that I would like to sell; most are fairly small,but the JOY wireframe(Lowe's) is huge, so I won't bring it unless someone is seriously interested. This one is new--never out of the box.
  6. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Howdy friends, with the Va. Mini date drawing ever closer, I would like to ask if anyone else is interested in having a "Yard Sale" feature this year? To see what I have to sell, please see my previous post.
  7. I received a commitment from Christmas Done Bright this morning for door prizes.

  8. Securing 10' 3" PVC Poles

    I have a similar set-up; I use the pvc in the ground--secured with concrete method. In the off season I simply close it with a screw cap. You could also try the portable hole method which is typically used for mega trees.
  9. Christmas Expo Lebenon Tn

    Does anyone have a list of vendors participating this year?
  10. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    I'm interested in selling a large JOY wireframe from Lowe's, pro quality LED snowflakes, wireframe flowers, Dept. 56 North Pole Village pieces and two, signed Steinbach miniature nutcrackers. Oh--and my wife's dog.
  11. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    And I have another idea for our gathering. Some of us, me included, have items we are looking to sell; if we can include this "yard sale" feature, our members may be able to save money on shipping.
  12. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Thanks Andy and Matt! I'll certainly be there. Would you consider allowing members to do demonstrations and Q&A's? I have a topic that I would like to see covered: integrating pixels in to a show--especially for LOR users.
  13. Lights on roof

    Thanx Jim. Are those M6 strings on the roof? And are they simply laid straight or are they on some kind of frame?
  14. Lights on roof

    Well, now that Christmas-palooza 2016 is packed away, it's time to start building the 2017 edition---oh yea! This year I resolve to run C9s vertically across my two-story house,as well as across the roof. So, I turn to the mob for build ideas. How do you anchor lights to the roof ridge line and bottom edge; and how do you hang the lights across the vertical face of a two-story,vinyl sided(with trim wrap)? Thanx friends!
  15. Area meeting

    Thanx for the replies friends. I have only received three thus far;admittedly,I was hoping for more. Please help to spread this message in your area. I am also going to post on Facebook.