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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.

slankard

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About slankard

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  • Birthday 08/27/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry that every witty, silly think to say...has already been said.
  2. www.MyDoorDecor.com

    Found the site...WOW!!! The wife is in love with about 10 different ones. What would be the latest one could order and expect to get delivery by Thanksgiving?
  3. www.MyDoorDecor.com

    Congratulations on your venture. I couldn't find the garage door wrappings on the site, and I'd love to find out about those.
  4. A wonderful person gave me both of these items over the weekend. They look so perfect together that I think I'm going to create a place inside the house this Christmas and keep Santa with the fireplace (not sure Midnight (my cat) will cooperate. I'm not sure what the fireplace is, but it's missing the little cardboard parts that connect everything, so I'm using a hot glue gun. As far as Santa, I had originally planned to repaint him, but my wife and son both echoed my sentiment, which was that he looks wonderfully vintage just the way he is. What do you all think?
  5. Toy Soldier blow mold placement

    Lately, I've been surrounding my "Jurassic Christmas Park" with the soldiers and my candy cane cannon to keep the dinosaurs from attacking "Winter Wonderland'. I promise...I'm not on drugs.
  6. Just bought it. What is it?

    You nailed it. I checked on Etsy and they've got one just like it, accept that mine is apparently missing the bottom light attachment. When I bought it at the antique store the lady running the place knew nothing about it, but I told her my PC group would know within a day or two. You guys never disappoint! Thanks!
  7. Just bought it. What is it?

    It's definitely a styrofoam type substance. It's similar to the same stuff they use to make all of the small decorative pumpkins that have a C-7 bulb in the bottom. It won't glow with a light like blow molds because the material is too thick.
  8. Just bought it. What is it?

    Hoping they'll pop on and see it.
  9. Just bought it. What is it?

    I embarrassed to say that I have no idea. I made my son do it!
  10. Just bought it. What is it?

    I just bought this in an antique shop and I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it.
  11. September motivation...ughh!

    I try to get the big trees in the field done in September. The last week in September I put up what Halloween I've got (about 20 blow molds and a few inflatables) and then it gets really weird as I put up the Christmas greenery and lights on the house in October. We refer to it as HallowChristWeenMas. Finally, on the first day of November I start covering the acre with all of the big Christmas decorations. I'm thinking of designing a yard art sign for this Christmas: "The Acre and a Quarter of Christmas Disorder".
  12. September motivation...ughh!

    I'm setting here trying to get motivated to climb to the top of my 30 foot Sycamore tree and start wrapping lights...but I'm old, and tired, and I never got around to losing the 20 pounds I swore I'd lose last January when I climbed up the tree to take them down. My plan of winning the recent mega lottery and buying a bucket or lift truck kind of fell through. Oh well, at least the weather is nice. Anyone else having motivation problems?
  13. Recommendations on LED Light Vendor Online

    This may not be what you're looking for, but I've sure had a lot of success with Walmart LEDs. They'll be about six dollars for a box of 100 lights next month, and after Christmas you can get them 50 to 75 percent off. I don't know if they work with LOR and the other computer programs, though.
  14. Where to sell new Christmas light sets ??

    If possible post some pics and give us some stats. I think you've come to the right place!
  15. Securing molds in a better way

    I've just always used the 1/2 inch pvc pipe. You're right in that it does rattle, but I can't say that it's ever damaged any of mine.
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