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  • 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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Thanks to a patient wife

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I'm thankful for my wife's patience..................:D

Give your wife a big hand clap & take her out to dinner for putting up with your Christmas passion.

I to thank am thankful for my wife's patience. She had to put up with me washing dishes, cleaning the house, cooking, doing laundry and many, many hours of sequencing for the light show..........and that was because I had no job since about July 20th, no income but hers. Yes indeed Alberta is suppost to be the land of plenty.........but it took me this long to get a job.

That is why I did all those house duties.

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Give your wife a big hand clap & take her out to dinner for putting up with your Christmas passion.

I to thank am thankful for my wife's patience. She had to put up with me washing dishes, cleaning the house, cooking, doing laundry and many, many hours of sequencing for the light show..........and that was because I had no job since about July 20th, no income but hers. Yes indeed Alberta is suppost to be the land of plenty.........but it took me this long to get a job.

That is why I did all those house duties.

That's not patience... I never lost my job during these troubled times and my wife does work...And does all of those things while I "play" with lights. I'm not sure if that's patience though...or love.

Glad to see things are beginning to turn around for you Scott....

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That's not patience... I never lost my job during these troubled times and my wife does work...And does all of those things while I "play" with lights. I'm not sure if that's patience though...or love.

Glad to see things are beginning to turn around for you Scott....

You are right it is love.

Anyhow I was glad to help out in the house and do those things and even thought I do some of those things already, I went the extra mile and did more because of my wife working hard and taking care of the family needs.

I cleaned up the kitchen and got part of the Thank Giving meal ready today.

I start my new job Tuesday. I am thankful for that too.

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Patience and love come in a bundle. Some like to say its tolerance. Any how I am indeed thankful for my spouse that had been able to put up with me on my bad habits, during my down time and in time of need. I love you clara !

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I'm just beginning my adventures into exterior lighting (slowly but surely over the past 2 years). Luckily, my wife shares my enthusiasm, although as the family bookkeeper, she keeps me in check. She knows I want to expand a little each year, and she supports that. She knows that it's a special interest that will benefit our two young sons! I was discussing a few ideas with her, and she replied "remember that for next year". She's awesome!

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I agree with you wholeheartedly, thanks to my patient (and understanding) wife also. She puts up with my stopping at every garage sale we pass by, in the pursuit of more lights and decos. Last month, there was a holy family blowmold set at a yard sale I wanted, she said no, I already had that set. She said "If you've gotta get something, get something you don't already have". Later that day, I found 3 blowmolds I DIDN'T already have. Guess who's garage they're sitting in now? :cool:

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