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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.
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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.

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  1. 3 points
    Finished up the display a couple days early this year. Added a 7’ Santa, a couple more swans, and a few additional strings of light here and there. 😉 What do you think?
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    Got ours up and tested, have a few more items to put out, but you get the idea.
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    I decided to wrap a 25' Elm tree (Ulmus USDA) in lights for this Christmas. I had somewhere around zero guidance and zero experience so I decided to write this up for the next guy. I have seen the occasional tree done up this way and liked it. On youtube I found Jerry's Tree (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG_iODz6e7E) which is magnificent. I went to www.holidayleds.com/ and bought a case of warm white 5 mm LEDS with brown wire, so as to blend in better with the bark. I chose warm white as being more cheerful looking. Cool white would be more wintery and architectural. Each string has 70 LEDs with a 4" spacing, 70 LEDs per string, 23' lighted length. I used the palm of my hand as a nominal 4" measure as I wrrapped, so the space from each bulb to its neighbors is the same left and right or up and down. A case of 24 strings gave me a total of 552' lighted length to work with. The strings came tightly twisted around themselves to make them as small as possible for shipping. It took me around 5~10 minutes per string to prep them. Prepping included: * Plug in to test. (they all worked) *Standing on a chair and dangling one end so it could twirl freely while I untwisted it. *Taping black electrical tape over the white labels. *Squirting dielectric grease into the female sockets. *Taping over the lower female socket with electrical tape as additional protection for the socket I thought might not be used. *Rolling them into a ball with the female end in the middle. *Tying them up with a wire and boxing them. I did not pull out the fuses (every string has a 3 watt fuse inside the male plug) and grease them, because they are so small that I hate handling them. One reason I chose this tree was that it was small enough to wrap without a cherry picker. I had a 6' stepladder, a 20' extension ladder, no helper. A helper would have made things go faster, a cherry picker, really faster. I found that I had to stop around 10' from the end of any given branch because they got too shaky to climb or lean a ladder against. Work got a little harder as I went along because every time I wrapped another branch I had to stop climbing on it. I picked October to put the lights up because I didn't want to be up there pushing snow out of the branches while I worked. I won't put them on until after Thanksgiving, because that would be tacky. I worked on two consecutive days and it ran around 7 hours up in the tree, which comes to less than a hundred feet of lights per hour. That they were cold days did not help. I wanted to wear gloves but had to keep taking them off to get the wires wrapped neatly. Cost: $ 310 lights $ 12 extension cord $ 25 deer netting to wrap around everything within 8' of the ground, to discourage vandals. $ 347 total. The results: Looking up into tree, day. Looking up at tree, night. Tree from a distance, day. Tree from a distance, night. In conclusion, it does look good, but the tree could probably hold two cases (1,100') of lights and look even better.
  4. 1 point
    Has anyone put up there display yet? We r about 60% done. Would be further if the rain and COLD went away lolol. Calling for light snow on Friday. Rrrrrr...
  5. 1 point
    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Just finished last night. Did a quick video on the celly. Window lights were off in the video but that's it I am done. Good thing as my wife is having a Girls Christmas Party on Saturday. Which gave me an excuse to play with some LED's, in the backyard win win. Let me know what you all think... PS. the wind was gusty yesterday @@ blowing my garland off the ties. Cheers everyone!
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    Hair: Looks wonderful! I really like your decorating style/precision.
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    Looks great. The "water" looks great. How many lights on the sides with the red and white? Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  8. 1 point
    Got some more out of the garage! About 25 inflatables of 102!
  9. 1 point
    I finally finished up the newest characters that will be added to my display this year. I decided to reach back in time and do some characters from Toy Story. All were done on Coroplast. To give you an idea of size... Stinky Pete is a little over 7' tall at the top of the bow. Hopefully they'll all be up and on display within a week from now! I forgot to mention... my 14 year old daughter did all the painting on Slinky Dog. I'm hoping she'll take over making and putting out displays once I'm too old to carry on!
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    One shot from late last night testing out some stuff. T minus 48 until display time. I need a taller ladder now for the trees at the new house to wrap higher. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Hi, do u have a pic of what you need?
  12. 1 point
    Getting there. Between work, and snow and lots of rain the last 2 weeks, I'm not where I want to be but should finish up main stuff friday. Going to add small details as I have time. Pic is as of last night.
  13. 1 point
    My wife is a true hero at feeding my addiction. Yesterday while at work and says she found someone selling his whole fleet of blowmolds.....cheap...man I love her. Only had to drive an hour and it all just barely fit in the van. I should be able to sell everything I don't need/want for a profit too. Got the whole santa, sleigh, reindeer combo in blow molds too. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  14. 1 point
    Nice score!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!
  15. 1 point
    Salamber: Looks great! And I have a lot of work to do on my display to catch up. :-)
  16. 1 point
    Heres our display so far.
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    So in a twist of fate and luck, I just accquired 3 of the 6 small ALF choir children, 2 of the 6 ALF angels, and best of all... The first time I have personally ever seen confirmed existance of the ALF half bodies! A photo of Bronner's showroom in 1954 shows 3 half body ALF choir boys in a Plywood choir box. Originally thought to be three lopped in half and screwed onto the choir box by Bronners, I can now confirm they were manufactured that way with the choir box! The standing figures have the date stamp at the backs of their feet, the complete set of three half body boys I just accquired have the stamps on their backs, which the standing ones do not. This proves this was not a custom build. These were diaplayed in a departnent store and never modified. I will update with photos shortly! The molds were created in the early 50s i beleive, but these particualr standing chour children are stamped 1959, and the half bodies and angels arw stamped 1961.
  19. 1 point
    40% done- Figured out my new snowflake layout. Gives a great illusion when driving by. Sorry for the Shaky Video- I was tired! Still have so much to do. People around town already leaving lights on! Love it more time to enjoy the season! Cant delete this error one sorry 20181111_172726.mp4
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    Yea, I know two things! 1. Why didn't you use them? 2. We just got the stuff out! I have a few deer that friends gave me. The price was right - FREE. Well, they didn't come with any boxes. I was measuring one of the deer to see if I could scrounge a box of two at work and thought - pillow cases! The rascal fits in there real nice. I ran a cord thru the gathered end and now i have a storage container for the deer. it will hold any lose parts that fall off - bulbs, connectors, what nots... They are much easier to store when I do decide to use the deer, and they should stack in a corner or even hang from the rafters pretty nice. Just thought i would share this one with you all. Got to contribute some how!
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    So far... still have the whole yard to do!
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    That is stunning! How many lights do you have on it?
  24. 1 point
    Steve, you don't want the V+ to flow through, it will just keep adding to the amp draw on your system and you will blow a fuse. You want the ground to flow through because you need to tie all your grounds together. See attached diagram of how these T work.
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    Hey xxnonamexx...you mean those ugly measle lights?the green and red polka dotted things?
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