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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.

The good old days

The PlanetChristmas forums have been around for 20+ years meaning there's a lot of great information even though some of it might be a bit dated.  It's all still searchable but we've moved it down here and out of the way.

Forums

Announcements

15,642 posts

Got something you want to annouce to the world?

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

Newbies!

12,477 posts

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

Music of Christmas

2,754 posts

What's your favorite Christmas music?

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

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.

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

Electrical Questions

9,507 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!

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.

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

Subforums:

Way Off Topic!

1,023 posts

Want to talk about something that doesn't quite fit any of our other categories? Remember to keep things positive and family-friendly.

Halloween Control

3,684 posts

Lights, sound and props need to be controlled in a Halloween display just like in a Christmas display. We think of Halloween as a warmup for the really big show in December.

Best Practices

2,836 posts

Ever heard the line "Been there. Done that." ? Learn from the people that have already made the mistakes. Follow the best practices and save yourself some grief.

Words of Wisdom

2,772 posts

Having a bad day? Down in the dumps? Need a little motivation? We've all been there. Here's the place to deposit those pearls of wisdom that can help others.

In Search of...

3,015 posts

Need something? Try posting a request here.

Neighbor Relations

3,719 posts

Big display? Irritated neighbors? Share your good neighbor ideas here!

Confused by our chatroom? Don't feel alone. Post a question here and check back later.

Heads Up!

10,816 posts

Got some time sensitive info you want to share with others? This is the place. Post those special sales or anything else appropriate. When the sale expires, please PM 'moderator' and ask for your thread to be deleted.

The Forums of PlanetChristmas have about a bazillion features to take advantage of while visiting. Found a good one others need to know about.? Share it here!

Being Thankful

1,290 posts

It's easy to lose perspective in this chaotic world. Here's a place to ground yourself.

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