Jump to content
Did you know?
  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. 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.

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

L&F Halloween

Multiple Santas?

Recommended Posts

For a good while now I have tried to keep my display, no matter how large, to one Santa Claus (well, two, one blow mold and one Airblown). I don't exactly know why, I guess I just thought that it'd look weird to have a lot of Santas. Anyways, this year I am rapidly expanding my collection. I have a few that I want to get for my collection, but they contain a Santa. 

Last year I noticed a few displays that had like, 10 or more Santas and I didn't think anything of it, but I'm still being stubborn. 

 

What are your thoughts on having more than one Santa (blow mold or inflatable) in a single display?

Thanks! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, creepycrawlspace said:

There are too many good santas to choose just one!

I know!! Which is my issue. I think that for this years display I'm just going to have to get over it. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you want us to try and talk you out of being stubborn, that's probably not going to happen!  Most people have several Santas and they seem to work together well.  One that you didn't mention was a Virtual Santa.  I added one a few years back and it is very popular so I would recommend it to you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, BaldEagleChristmas said:

If you want us to try and talk you out of being stubborn, that's probably not going to happen!  Most people have several Santas and they seem to work together well.  One that you didn't mention was a Virtual Santa.  I added one a few years back and it is very popular so I would recommend it to you.

Yes I know lol. But I guess my major point is do you find multiple Santas in a single display to be awkward? To be honest I had never considered it until I noticed that a lot of really great looking displays did have lots of them. 

Also, I have never heard of the virtual Santa. Do you have a link to it? Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with Creepy, there are too many good Santa's out there.  Now if you were talking more than one Nativity I'd say no.  And then I place the baby Jesus in the manger for the whole display instead if waiting until Christmas eve.There is is no reason to h ave just one Santa.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, BamaSanta said:

I agree with Creepy, there are too many good Santa's out there.  Now if you were talking more than one Nativity I'd say no.  And then I place the baby Jesus in the manger for the whole display instead if waiting until Christmas eve.There is is no reason to h ave just one Santa.

I defiantly agree with you on the nativity point. But I have decided that I'm just gonna not worry about it and have a few Santas this year. I got over it! Woo! Lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Until last year I was a 1x Santa man...can't have more than one in a display.  Then I got the blowmold sleigh and reindeer set so I got over it.  If you wanted you could program the lights so only 1 was lighted at a time.  But I no longer see a problem having more than 1.

This was my only Santa until last year

20151224_202701_001[1].mp4

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, qberg said:

Until last year I was a 1x Santa man...can't have more than one in a display.  Then I got the blowmold sleigh and reindeer set so I got over it.  If you wanted you could program the lights so only 1 was lighted at a time.  But I no longer see a problem having more than 1.

This was my only Santa until last year

20151224_202701_001[1].mp4

 

Ah okay. Sounds like me. Lol. And that's actually a good idea, although I as of now have a static display. 

Also, the link seems to be broken :/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hmm...it is an uploaded mp4...try to right click and download.

As far as static...I think a lot of folks immediately think of flashing to music is the next step when referring to animated.  I think there is another option in there and that is a slower morphing display.  I have had a lot of friends/neighbors that wish the lights stayed on longer during musical sequences so they could take photos.  So for my "bumper" clips (20-30 sec) of Christmas Vacation I have the display primarily static.  Just showing differently...house static color with falling snowflakes, different color displays, etc.  Just because you have an LOR controller doesn't mean you have to have them bouncing to the beat and broadcasting music.  Due to my computer problems last year my display this year only had a couple songs ready and was what I would call a static display.  Funny thing, with the new C9 RGBs on the roof and gutters, the new RGB tree, and flying santa I added....no one really noticed less music.

20151219_195610.jpg.713f07660459c389bd5a

You also can easily do things like blink the Bethlehem star I have on the roof in the previous video.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have considered that too. I was thinking of doing a color changing mega tree, but have it be a nice slow transition. 

Also, very nice display! I love how you have the Santa and reindeer up in the air

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎2‎/‎20‎/‎2016 at 6:20 PM, Beagledudley said:

Yes I know lol. But I guess my major point is do you find multiple Santas in a single display to be awkward? To be honest I had never considered it until I noticed that a lot of really great looking displays did have lots of them. 

Also, I have never heard of the virtual Santa. Do you have a link to it? Thanks.

Virtual Santa is a DVD video that you project onto a screen inside a window that, when viewed from the outside, creates the impression that Santa is inside your house - checking his list, waving at people, etc.  Children and adults both love it.  It is probably available at several vendors, but I got mine at ChristmasLightShow.com.  Here is a link to their Virtual Santa page: 

http://www.christmaslightshow.com/home.php?cat=3  You can watch the video on their website.  They have a lot of bundled and non bundled Virtual Santa options.  What I bought from them was the DVD and two rolls of their projection film (the windows in my barn, where Santa lives, are large so I needed 1 1/2 rolls to cover one window).  I did not buy a projector from them because at the time I bought, their projectors didn't have enough lumens for my taste.  Instead I bought a home theater projector and used a DVD player that I already had.

If you search the Planet Christmas forums, you will see threads where people talk about projecting onto things like shower curtains.  IMO that would be a mistake.  The projection film that I got from ChristmasLightShow combined with a high quality projector creates a very crisp image that enhances the illusion.

Hope this helps - give it a try this year!  FYI - I have no connection to ChristmasLightShow other than being a customer for Virtual Santa and other things.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, BaldEagleChristmas said:

Virtual Santa is a DVD video that you project onto a screen inside a window that, when viewed from the outside, creates the impression that Santa is inside your house - checking his list, waving at people, etc.  Children and adults both love it.  It is probably available at several vendors, but I got mine at ChristmasLightShow.com.  Here is a link to their Virtual Santa page: 

http://www.christmaslightshow.com/home.php?cat=3  You can watch the video on their website.  They have a lot of bundled and non bundled Virtual Santa options.  What I bought from them was the DVD and two rolls of their projection film (the windows in my barn, where Santa lives, are large so I needed 1 1/2 rolls to cover one window).  I did not buy a projector from them because at the time I bought, their projectors didn't have enough lumens for my taste.  Instead I bought a home theater projector and used a DVD player that I already had.

If you search the Planet Christmas forums, you will see threads where people talk about projecting onto things like shower curtains.  IMO that would be a mistake.  The projection film that I got from ChristmasLightShow combined with a high quality projector creates a very crisp image that enhances the illusion.

Hope this helps - give it a try this year!  FYI - I have no connection to ChristmasLightShow other than being a customer for Virtual Santa and other things.

Oh I see. That's an interesting idea. I already own a really nice projector that I use to do singing pumpkins at Halloween. I'll have to look into this. 

Thanks for the tips! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎2‎/‎22‎/‎2016 at 5:32 PM, qberg said:

Beagle....you can purchase and download the virtual Santa videos directly from http://www.jonhyersvisualeffects.com/.

 

Looks to me like that site has Virtual Santa for $38.99 versus $24.95 at ChristmasLightShow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is DVD....scroll down and click on the "Want a Digital Download....".  $25 for Virtual Santa.  You pay and then immediately download the clips. 

He is the one who makes the Virtual clips....Scrooge, Carolers, elves, sleigh, etc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/24/2016 at 7:25 PM, qberg said:

That is DVD....scroll down and click on the "Want a Digital Download....".  $25 for Virtual Santa.  You pay and then immediately download the clips. 

He is the one who makes the Virtual clips....Scrooge, Carolers, elves, sleigh, etc

Okay, cool, I'll look into it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...