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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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  1. 3 points
    Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
  2. 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?
  3. 2 points
    Got ours up and tested, have a few more items to put out, but you get the idea.
  4. 1 point
    Been busy making bags for the blow molds again. The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72". The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed. Mel
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    Seen driving through Dix Illinois
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    All done and on Thanksgiving. All that wind we got over the weekend has wreaked havoc and quite a few random half strands and bulbs out so trying to get it fixed in this snow and cold. Roof is almost all outlined. One side is 25 high on the short side and ladder was not big enough this year. I feel as though I have way less this year but my bulb count is up. I've got about 1/3 of the lights in back of the house. We also put 10 christmas trees in the house with the tallest at 12 foot. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Oh yeah and don't ask me how many of those flimsy socket clips I broke on my vertical strings! Standing 20-30ft on a ladder trying to clip it into the fascia trim....SNAP... I have launched a few strings of c9s out of anger for sure! I've tried it all nothing works there that will hold them pointing out.
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    The garage is my favorite part, all old vintage stuff.
  9. 1 point
    Well, you owe her a bit thanks because she did a nice job!
  10. 1 point
    Was able to get finished for the time being.
  11. 1 point
    I have several of these that have been in my family for over 45 years. I have been trying about that long to figure out who made them. LOL....They are 10" tall. Does anyone know the manufacturer was?
  12. 1 point
    I've been watching the local Craigslist and only disappointed as all of the really nice stuff is so far away but today was a good day. The listing was for a pair of soldiers for $30 and only about 2 miles away. When I got there the soldiers were accompanied by a pair of candles and the seller offered all four for $50 so I bought them instantly. They are General Foam Products and only two years old. The tag has a manufacturing date of 2016. It's nice finding them at the local Goodwill outlet store for a dollar each but these are in perfect condition. He also mentioned he has a Jesus to go along with my Joseph and Mary which would be even better.
  13. 1 point
    not sure, I have about 30 sets of Applights, I do know that the Smart Lights Kmarts sold or did sell do work with the Appllights app.
  14. 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.
  16. 1 point
    I like those trees. I was just thinking the other day I should do one or two on the backside of my property Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  17. 1 point
    Got some more out of the garage! About 25 inflatables of 102!
  18. 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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    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.
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    sweet, man I would have driven from Ga to pick that up
  23. 1 point
    I forgot that I have another UV flood/spot-light (different wavelength at 385nm) so I decided to test the snowman again. Now it look a lot like the advertised picture shown on the box. I'm guessing whoever took the picture didn't use the included UV spotlight (395nm or higher).
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    After searching around on the internet (Google, eBay, Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc), I found a 10 FT tall Christmas Tree inflatable at a very good price for $49 (+ Free shipping! over $35) at Walmart. Others 5-8 FT Christmas Tree inflatables cost around $55-$80 (some charge more for shipping). This is the tallest inflatable I currently have. Others are 4-5 FT.
  25. 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.