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  • 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.
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mountaineer_57 last won the day on November 23 2017

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About mountaineer_57

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  • Birthday 06/19/1951

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Just remember always being intrigued by Christmas lights as a kid.
  • Location
  • Biography
    just a Christmas freak and would like to do more in the way of hand made decorations.
  • Interests
    woodworking, gardening, winter sports
  • Occupation
    self-employed restaurantuer
  • About my display
    Lights, Lights, and more Lights.......I try and theme my yard differently every year. this year will be "Stars"
  1. Tree repair help

    I do have a picture but my IPad won't allow me to upload it to this site. I keep getting an error message. I could send it to you via email or text. Thanks, Joe
  2. Tree repair help

    Well if I can't repair it, I may just take you up on your offer, thanks.
  3. Tree repair help

    Hello and thanks for any ideas. i have a 15' artificial tree that I would put outside for everyone to enjoy. We live very close to Lake Michigan and have to deal with some extreme winds. Needless say those winds are responsible for damaging the tree. What I'm asking for here is either a supplier to replace the rings that hold the limbs or some way to fabricate something that would work in their place. Thanks, Joe
  4. Someone else from West Michigan? Can it be? I grew up in Grand Haven and live outside of Grand Rapids. I was hoping to find others in this area to share tips, tricks, ideas and experiences with.

  5. Yes I live in Muskegon/Norton Shores. Was hoping to see other displays in the area and what ideas others have.

  6. I take it you are from this area?

  7. Just noticed that you were from Muskegon and wanted talk and see a fellow decorator in the area. Hope your holidays were "grand"!