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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 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/retired teacher
  • 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. Is it worth it?

    The best time to buy blow molds is spring through fall, and you'd be surprised what you can find at garage sales. There are some fair deals to be found at antique shops as well, and all of them are better than most of the deals on ebay. My advice is to not worry about purchasing blow molds for this Christmas, but rather commit to spending next year pricing blow molds in the places I mentioned. You'll get a feel for what's fair and you'll be able to get a lot more for your money. But, I love your enthusiasm, so welcome to the Cult of Blow mold!
  2. Pics of anyone's display progress

    This is a great post!!! Keep the pics coming!
  3. How do you raise money for your show?

    The Great Christmas Light Fight is a commercial venture from ABC that clearly makes that company a lot of money. The "other people's money" is part of the budget from ABC to operate the show. Don't want a fight....just sayin'.
  4. Wrapping trees

    I'm curious if anyone else has noticed the unevenness, or just you? We're all perfectionists when it comes to our displays, but I've discovered sometimes people don't even notice things that are driving us crazy. That said, I know the feeling of wanting it done just right, even if it's just to please myself. I'm worried that stapling every layer or every other layer may end up doing more damage to the lights than good. How tall are the trees? I know on my smaller 10 foot redbuds I really make sure to keep the spacing even, but on my taller 30 to 40 foot trees, no one notices if the spacing is off an inch or two here or there.
  5. My 2017 Halloween Display

    Genius!
  6. Halloween

    Jordan, PLEEEEASE move to my neighborhood!! Broken Arrow, Ok. isn't that far a move and we'd help you set up!
  7. Saved these up from the garbage

    I just don't understand that, and I leave toilets, lawnmowers, and washing machines on my curb for passersby to take. Do the people live in your neighborhood, or close enough to be aware of your display?
  8. Mr Christmas LED Banner

    That's a shame about the review on this one. It looks like it would have been a great addition.
  9. Checking Strands

    Yes, Yes, and yes on all of that. Most of them are Walmart.
  10. Checking Strands

    Yep. The videos show that you plug the strand into the light keeper, then click on the individual strands. I've tried each strand of wire, snugged tightly against the black clip, and squeezed very hard...nothing. I wonder if the needle that's supposed to punch to the copper wire is faulty.
  11. Checking Strands

    Is it possible that my LED light keeper doesn't work? The little red light comes on, so the battery is still good. But, when I used it on any kind of strand, even the ones that work, nothing lights. I've watched three different youtube videos, and each time they use theirs, the part of the strand that does work, lights up. Mine doesn't do that.
  12. Halloween

    Incredible display! I put out about 20 blow molds and so far this year I have five inflatables that are still working. We've lived in this house for 20 years, but we've never been here for Halloween; we've always been at my Moms. My 19 year old informed us he has other plans, so we'll finally be home this year. I'm looking forward to finding out if we even get trick or treaters out in the boondocks. That's one of the reasons I've never tried to go crazy. If I get to see lots of ghosts and goblins, then watch out for next year!
  13. Checking Strands

    I'll try mine again this year. Maybe I was doing something wrong. As for messing with light strands, I agree it can really be relaxing, especially if you've got a Charlie Chan movie playing on the You Tube.
  14. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    I second Big J's garage sale chords. I bet I've bought 30 of the six and nine foot chords this year, and haven't paid more than 50 cents for any of them.
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