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  • 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.
  • 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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    Check here for the latest announcements from management (at least they think it's important .).

    Christmas Expo

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    Our regular gathering of decorating fanatics.

    Want to talk about happenings in your state? Here's a place to focus!

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    Have something you think EVERYONE in the PlanetChristmas community needs to know about. Post it here.

  2. The Decorating Forums!

    Blow Molds

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    Love blow molds? Use this forum to talk about anything blow mold related.

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    Here's the place to talk about your faith and how to show it in Christmas displays.

    Indoor Christmas

    2,448 posts

    Christmas is so much more than just outdoor decorations. Join in the indoor fun, too!

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    Dreaming of a 25 foot tall reindeer on your roof this Christmas? Can't figure out how to keep him from blowing away? Wondering where to find anything 25 feet tall? Come join us!

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    Lights

    110,799 posts

    This is place to find out about various forms of lights available for your display!

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    Want some real movement in your display? Motors can be be an answer. SHare your thoughts here.

    Music of Christmas

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    What's your favorite Christmas music?

    Newbies!

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    New to the PlanetChristmas community? Feel like you're over your head? Use this forum to talk with others that can get you grounded.

    For it is written we shall gain five pounds during the holidays... and love every bit of it! Share your favorite recipes here.

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    You have a lot of time, effort and money invested in your over-the-top Christmas display. Here's a place to discuss the best methods for keepit it and your viewers out of trouble.

    Electrical Questions

    9,453 posts

    Don't know which phase your amp is in? How come my electric meter is spinning like a top? What's that burning smell? If you have an electrical question, this is the place to ask. This forum is for advice only. Consult a licensed electrician no matter what you do!.

    Storing your display items during the off season is a real challenge. Share your ideas here!

  3. Christmas Shows (computerized)

    Computerized Displays

    9,892 posts

    Using a computer to really make your display special? We're here to help!

    Think you can build your own stuff to computer control the lights? Know the difference between a triac and an SCR?

    Ready to start flashing those lights just the way you want? Here's a generic place to talk about how to do it.

    Light-O-Rama World

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    You can't hardly go wrong with a company that's been around for so long in the show control world. Here's where we focus anything Light-O-Rama related.

    Into pixel programming? xLight/Nutcracker is designed by decorating enthusiasts for decorating enthusiasts. Br careful, though. Pixel decorating can get complicated in a hurry but can be worth the effort.

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