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  • 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.

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Arches of Lights

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Everyone loves light tunnels or those little arches that look like water squirting through the yard. Talk about them here.

Mega-Poles

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So you need a really tall pole to act as the center of your megatree or you want the north star at just the right location in your display? Sky hooks aren't available but you can build really tall poles. Talk about them here!

Mega-Trees

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Want to build a gigantic tree of lights? Talk about it right here!

Mini-Trees

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Nothing like some little lit trees you can move around in your yard. Start with a tomato cage or florist easel, wrap with lights and you're done. Talk about it here!

Plywood/Coro Cutouts

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Love plywood/coro cutouts? A lot of people do. Use this forum to talk about anything related.

Welding

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Think you can bend metal and make your own Christmas display pieces? Chances are you're going to need to do a little welding. You found the place to learn more!

Wireframes

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Like bending wire? Maybe into a bit of welding? Create some wireframes for your display!

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