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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. 11 points
    I know that by Planet Christmas standards, I am a rank amateur. Still, I won an award from the Colonialtown Neighborhood Association for best decorated house in the Norman Rockwell (nostalgic) division. So I put a few pictures on Planet Christmas because I have enjoyed your company so much during the other months of the year. Aside from what can be seen in the photos, I have a star shower trained upward into a 300 year old live oak; blooming camellias and hibiscus, and, over 250 poinsettia blossoms throughout the property. Thanks for the thoughts you folks shared with me in 2016 and a very fine 2017 to you all! Doc
  2. 9 points
    Went live tonight. Finished my Poloron Mechanical Santa tonight lol, talk about cutting it close. I'm pretty happy with them. They are not anywhere near perfect, but they are a million times better than what they were before.
  3. 9 points
    Well... I've finally finished my new characters for this year's display. I decided to go with the characters from Frozen and this is what I came up with. My 11 year old daughter painted Anna all by herself (other than the shading). She's told me that she wants to have her own Christmas display when she grows up... so I'm teaching her the process. AAaaahhh... it does an old man's heart good to pass along the traditions just as my father passed them along to me! ... and one more to give you an idea of the size of the characters. (FYI... the tree is 7' 9" tall)
  4. 9 points
    Here is my display so far..... Still have to put out the Mechanical Snowman and Santa. Video.MOV
  5. 9 points
    I also took the battery unit out and (in my case) lit them with CFL bulbs. Then I 'strung' them on a garland with mini twinkling LED lights, added some gold ornaments then put it across (and tied everything securely to) the bench. The oversized bulbs fit right in with the other large decorations I displayed last Christmas season.
  6. 8 points
    I'm 19 and have been doing this for about 10 years so far, I've came a long way with my display in just the past few years even. Here are some highlight pics of this year and a link to the website and Facebook page: http://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights/ I'm open to any suggestions-good or bad for next year, thanks for looking!
  7. 8 points
    Here are some pics, I will post up more later. Hope everyone likes it, open for any comments and suggestions.
  8. 8 points
    Well my birthday was good today I'm 18 now wow , I can't tell you how happy I am to have such a good start to my collection many years to come ha thank you everyone on here you are all so nice thanks for that
  9. 8 points
    These are my favorites I'm a bit of a Poloron Caroler hoarder!
  10. 7 points
    Even though it still had a bit of color left on it, when lighted it looked somewhat terrible from the fading, though I forgot to take photos while lighted. I also accidentally got a small amount over overspray on the feet once; I need to take a quick moment to lightly sand it off. It took a few days to do but only because of my time limitations. There's about twelve hours I put into it I believe. I'd love to make the candycane a two-tone color, the hands into blue mittens and the top-hat ribbon green, but that will remain just a thought. One photo is out of place. My paint stages were- yellow, red, green, black. I meant to do the black first. I wasn't really sure if I should do the smaller or largest portions first, but it seemed to work out. I also wanted to do the cheeks a bit lighter.
  11. 7 points
    Got all of the ones lit up now the old wireing was really scary ha a lot of broken bulbs and wires later I finally have these running again to there full beauty and only The 9 bell one I added the candle and the berry things to just to make it unique in no way or form is it originally like that , next year I'll be adding led colored bulbs so don't hate on them now I have more plans just trying to display them so I don't really kind if they are one color thanks
  12. 7 points
    42 Blow Molds, over a dozen wire frames, 9,000 lights or so, all static.
  13. 7 points
    Seemed like a good idea but needs some improvement, any ideas?
  14. 7 points
    I displayed then like this. See on top of roof
  15. 6 points
    Made the Sleigh last year out of recycled metal downspout, and the deer this year from 1/2inch OSB. Rope light from 1000 Bulbs! My favorite thing in my yard right now!
  16. 6 points
    I'm sure the isn't the proper category but I would like to take second to wish the forum Merry Christmas and a big thank you to everyone that answered all the questions that made my display a real jaw dropper. I am sure as I venture deeper into the decorating world I will call on each and every one of you again. Once again MERRY CHRISTMAS.....now let's start planning 2017. Don Mcabee and Family
  17. 6 points
    This is a new house where I wasnt able to utilize all my lights that I wanted to but I was able to finish off my grinch in time.
  18. 6 points
    This tree is my most prized possession. I strung all 2000 lights myself and almost all ornaments are from family members that have moved on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. 6 points
    Found these two for 10 dollars , they have cracks but I still bought them
  20. 5 points
    Wasn't sure where to put this. Thus is a photo of the Bronner's showroom in the late 50's. Lots of municipal GP stuff as well as mold craft carolers, life Size deer team and a Nativity. I roughly estimated everything in this photo would easily be worth $45 000 together at a collectors auction today. Crazy to think a ton of this stuff probably got trashed by end user...
  21. 5 points
    This is my 2016 display
  22. 5 points
    Wow - Wow - Wow What a sad thing to see. Let's hope most of the items are saved and continue on for many more years. I absolutely love the large candles and I see a pic of "SMILEY" the snowman too. He was made by General Plastics, back in-the-day. I would love to be able to have him in my collection as he was seen throughout the streets where I grew up. Here he is in his 1962 class picture.......
  23. 5 points
    I just finished the 2016 display on our house... 28k or so,total in lights. Wont be turned on til thanksgiving night...does anyone else have there display up yet?
  24. 5 points
    Roll the lights like a ball of yarn starting with the female end. They never get tangled, male end is out for easy connection as you work and they store very easily in a tote.
  25. 5 points
    I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not. Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/72157635505741139/ Here's a link to my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/
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