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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.


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About lyori1

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  • Birthday 08/16/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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    Lighting, Graphic & Video design.
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    Director Applications & Architecture
  1. Chuck, I’ve really enjoyed the PlanetChristmas forums for many years and have gained inspiration and wisdom from many of the posts and forums. However, like many others who have commented, it is at times hard to find info and use. Given all the newer social platforms, it may be time to add as an option a newer technogy to augment this site. Given the fact that this craft is a very visual medium, it makes sense most of the forums share video and pics. To that end I might suggest PlanetChristmas creating a Pinterest business account and then create the group boards given the 20 or so categories you think relevant. Pinterest is second only to Facebook in market influence and is the more visual of the platforms. Also, if you wish to reach a newer younger audience. Simply go to Pinterest and type in DIY Christmas to see the thousands of fresh new ideas are being added. Most of my inspiration for props and display design has come from Pinterest pins the past year. The audience can then create their own boards and follow any boards they wish. It will allow the audience who have been with you a while to coexist with younger decorators who have never been on a Planet Christmas.
  2. The Christmas Story

    Love it. Very close to what our production tech team did at our church back in Georgia. I would love to see the Christmas story start making it's way into home displays. You never know. Your show may be the first time someone gets to hear the message. Here is a summary of the 2013 display.
  3. Christmas Cross

    Unfortunately, I don't have any pics to show you, but I wanted to share what we have done in the past that was quick and easy and looked really good. We have created a cross using 2x8x8 pine boards mounted flat on one another. One 8' board being the vertical and a 5' section of another being the horizontal. You can adjust the size and scale to fit your taste. They were bolted together using lag bolts where they cross about 2.5' down from the top of the 8' verticals. Use a pipe and pipe strap, painted black on the back to stand and mount the cross. We primed them and then painted using white exterior latex. We used two RGB 10W LED floods off center to uplight the front of the cross. We used this during our "telling" through music and lights of the life of Jesus. This allowed us to change the color to match the mood of the song and story between white, blue, purple and red. The white pigment reflects the color well and is a very nice image. You can in addition up/backlight the cross as well with a very bright halogen flood. Depending on the backdrop and ambient lighting, this will give the cross a glow and the silhouette is rather impactful. I hope you find what the solution you are looking for as you honor your father's wish.