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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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About PlainfieldDan

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    New Member
  • Birthday 01/03/1963

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  • Location
    Plainfield, IL
  • Biography
    My wife and I have always loved Christmas. We are now enjoying sharing this holiday with our son. Although we have always decorated, each year we are getting a biit more ambitious at the urging of our little elf.
  • Interests
  • Occupation
    Forensic Scientist
  • About my display
    We currently have a rather elaborate and growing Department 56 North Pole Village. Outside is mainly lights, and a few blowmolds, we are hoping to add more annimation and perhaps computerized lights and music this year.
  1. Help

    Thank you, I was looking for information on your train
  2. I was trying to access Bryce's Kindlechristmas web site to check out his train again and it is now an Indian Porn Link.... Does he have a new web site?
  3. I have been a lurker for awhile but I am now in the position to start planning and building a train. Unfortunately all of the threads are several years old and most of the connections are 404. I know there are several members who have achieved idol status in this area. Any help, inspiration, or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  4. Reindeer Barn

    I once saw a magnificent reindeer stable decoration where the reindeer were animated. Can someone point me to where I could obtain more detailed information and/or plans? Thank you