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  • 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.

JeffCarter

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About JeffCarter

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  • Birthday June 29

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  • Website URL
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/
  • Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasCraftsman

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Rudolph
  • Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Biography
    I've been lighting up for Christmas since I was 4. I started a YouTube Channel with DIY videos for Outdoor Christmas Decorations. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwTziyLSWWiCFTCIb-acUQ
  • Interests
    Vintage GE Christmas Lighting and Christmas Lighting History.
  • Occupation
    Broadcast Engineer
  • About my display
    I create lighted displays for my home, my office and for the homes of friends and family.

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  1. Patterns

    Here's most of the Popular Mechanics display patterns: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/vintage-popular-mechanics-christmas-ideas.html
  2. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Along those lines, here's another experiment I did...
  3. The ability to edit your post and comments for the life of the post.
  4. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  5. Prayers needed

    Will do.
  6. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    I did a little experiment with some new LED's that came out this year.
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Nothing completes your vintage outdoor Christmas lighting quite like snow. Christmas snows are rare for Georgia - especially an 8" snow. I created a flickr album of some pictures and videos I took. Click on the picture below and enjoy. Merry Christmas!
  8. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Phase Twoin D2E64646-0F2F-435C-BBDC-47700B5A801C.MOV
  9. Pics of anyone's display progress

    It's all stuff I made or collected. This year I got my hands on a stash of C9 twinkle lamps so I decided to add a little sparkle to the tree. I made a C9 string with 50 sockets at three foot spacing and loaded it up with the clear twinkle lamps. I put them on first and then added the rest of the lights on after. Under the second photo in my post you'll see " linus_2017.MOV " Click it on to see a video of the display. Here's how I made the stars with blinking bells: https://youtu.be/JGjCYvxDmKE
  10. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Phase One complete. Don't forget to add your display to www.ChristmasLightFinder.com. linus_2017.MOV
  11. Christmas Expo 2018

    Just booked my room.
  12. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    It's an old school type display and I limit myself to 40 amps so it's not too big. I'm listed on Christmas Light Finder. http://christmaslightfinder.com/display.php?ID=1555 If you haven't used that yet, I would strongly suggest you do. It's free and a great way for you to let other's know where you are. Here's another one in Marietta to check out: http://christmaslightfinder.com/display.php?ID=1824
  13. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    I live in Mableton in Cobb County.
  14. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    The original link is back up now. My web server burped when I renewed my domain a couple of weeks ago.
  15. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    Here's some other things you can make with PVC pipe... http://www.christmascraftsman.com/christmas-craftsman-tv.html
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