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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.

Carrie Sansing

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About Carrie Sansing

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Glenview, Northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween displays, restoring blow molds and vintage decorations and woodcarving
  • Occupation
    General Manager/COO Apartment & Shopping Mall Complex
  • About my display
    Our display changes each year, we're heavy on blowmolds, control the display with LOR.
  1. "United Solutions" New company?

    I bought 4 of the candles from Amazon last year.. United Solutions. Mel, I wonder why your contact person was being hesitant to confirm them as a distributor or as a division of Cado. I'm going to look and check to see if there are any corporate filings.. may shed a bit more light. I just assumed they were a division of Cado..ass u me.. we know what that means.
  2. Needs A Restoration!

    I've restored 3 Poloron fawns for people.. but their condition was so bad, paint was almost gone, damaged plastic, broken ear collars, etc.. Yours looks exceptionally good, IMO I wouldn't touch it, but that's just me.
  3. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry..that I'm not sorry my display is still up, but I am sorry that all of you are sorry that yours are up...
  4. Fiberglass Bell Restoration

    Regular stripper (such as Jasko or Kleen Strip) will eat into fiberglass..especially old fiberglass. You can use a fiberglass stripper that is made for marine use..boats. There are several products available that will do the job, but you need to be very careful when using it. I test first on fiberglass muni decorations..to play it safe. I have used a product called Strip Away or Peel off (I can't remember the name) and it worked well, but takes a bit more time. Hope that helps (my .2..leave them alone, old is old and they look pretty cool as is! )
  5. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    Interesting information, Kev..I'm going to give this a try and see what difference it makes. I'm always looking for better ways to do restorations and repaints. Thanks!
  6. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, not sure William
  7. Stripping Paint.(Need Help Quick)

    Kleen Strip aerosol is perfectly safe, Ted. I use it often. 3M Safest is great as well.
  8. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, I didn't see anyone bothering you, but if they do, let me know, I take care o dem fo ya!
  9. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, dinner tonight was Farfalle pasta in a light tomato cream sauce with sliced sausage medallions..and garlic bread, gotta have that garlic!
  10. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, sounds like Romper Room
  11. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, glad to hear that Dan..I now know I'm not alone. I have to finish one more item and then I'm finished. But the show is running so if I don't get to it, no one is the wiser.
  12. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, I'm still here..guess again
  13. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, welcome to the Sorry thread Michelle. Glad to see someone new who understands the friendships! Welcome aboard!
  14. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, seems I have missed a LOT of things today. I was not on the roof, but I just now came in from outside. The display is running, the LEDs are showing through the snow on the roof, and I only have some sequence tweaking to finish up.
  15. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry, my display is now under snow too..but not that bad--yet. Bummer, it's supposed to continue all day. That means one thing..my roof is not going to show. Over 2K LEDs up there and I have been instructed, as of 10 minutes ago that "under no circumstances are you going on the roof with the blower, don't EVEN think about it!" And my display isn't even finished.