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  • 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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Its That Time Of Year!

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So I started to get all the molds out and checked and cleaned. Gotta start setting up, Im so excited!! Love this time of year.

Anyone else getting ready. Here are pics of some of the troops.

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looks like my spare room did a few years back lol YES im ready but I always wait till the day after Thanksgiving to start set up.. Wife says this year we WILL have all the lights up and LOR boxs our well before Thanksgiving. I'm like YAY!!! : )

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We always try to have ours set up by Thanksgiving as everything goes on Thanksgiving night. Been that way sence I was a kid with our family. Funny how stuff like that is passed down.

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hi

i started a couple of days ago, probally got 10 molds set out. hoping to atleast get around 200 or more molds put out this year.

gary

I hope to have those kind of numbers in molds one day!

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I just got all the halloween stuff put away. I usually wait until the beginning of December as I put out an inflatable turkey for Thanksgiving (just something small). Then, when the turkey gets put away, I'll start moving onto the Christmas display.

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Just finished putting the halloween away and getting the thanksgiving out.we will get the lights on the house but the christmas blow molds don't go out until dec.1

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Started on November 1st. My girlfriend and I have been running around helping each other inside and outside. The blow molds wont go out til some time next week as I got to mow the lawn first. I have the lights on the fence and shed so far.

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Me and my family started Oct. 31st. I will post pics of it on opening night when i have a big crowd to see santa and watch the lights be lit..

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I haven't started yet, I have about 20 blow molds...they go out last probably thanksgiving weekend. I'll probably start my lights tomorrow :)

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OK you guys are giving me the early bird bug!! Guess I'll go to my top secret storage area (my parents place) and drop off some duplicates and bring my nativity back! Thinking about building a stable this year.. OH I got to stop thinking lol

Jim

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OK you guys are giving me the early bird bug!! Guess I'll go to my top secret storage area (my parents place) and drop off some duplicates and bring my nativity back! Thinking about building a stable this year.. OH I got to stop thinking lol

Jim

Build it!! I dont have a nativity yet but I have always said Id build a stable for it when I get one!

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I'll build it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

Oh and THANKS TO YOU GUYS giving me the bug I did get a load of duplicates hauled to storage, my nativity ready to come home, and found two Christmas trees in the trash!!! AND THEN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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And then we turned on the bethlehem lights tree wife got from QVC ( I wanted an LED tree from hotrod) and snoopy lol

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This is my extent of decorating inside so far lol, I actually bought both of these at flea markets recently...this forum made me weak even for the little guys, they need love too!

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