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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.
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  • 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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    Time Left: 9 days and 12 hours

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    Can't continue with my decorating because of health and finances .the equipment is in great shape and it has the original show programmer. With the show controller and the other boxes I ran a total of 48 channels my loss is your gain


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    10mm (3/8") Coro has considerable strength and very light weight. I have migrated over to it for my few cutouts. You can purchase it in black as well and then you won't get the light that comes through white and you don't have to paint the negative areas black. Contact a local sign or printing shop and they can order the coro in 4'x8' sheets. As for staking down...I use pvc pipe. 1/2" works great and slips right over the rebar stakes. I use a 2" on the tall characters and that will slip over the cheap landscape stakes sold at the home improvement stores. To attach it to the coro I use zip ties through the back layer and around the pvc. For cutting, use a fine tooth blade in a jig saw. To ensure paint adhesion, I go over it with a fine sandpaper and then shoot it with the plastic adhesion promoter spray paint.
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    They do have3/8 thick Coro and it works great especially for detail pieces. If you do use wood, a great primer is glidden gripper. ( comes in white or can have it tinted dark) Now i personally hate glidden paints but this is probably the best primer ive ever used. Was actually recommend to me by the behr paint rep when i told him what i was wanting it for.
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    My girls enjoy getting to painting the characters with me. Fortunately, both of them attend an art school... so they're probably a LOT better at artwork than I am! Hopefully you will be able to get some cutouts made for this year... and, of course, if you do... make sure you post pictures!
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    Working on the feet and arms for the ducks on the bike now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    You're welcome... and thank you for the compliments on the article. As far as the stakes go... I usually plan on driving the stake about a foot into the ground... then I'll add onto that whatever length I need to go as far up on the character as I need. So if I have a character that has an upright piece on the frame that is 5' in length, I'll made a stake that is 5' to 6' in length... drive it into the ground and then attach it to the frame as close to the top as possible and then again at the bottom crosspiece. (Attaching at the bottom keeps the bottom from being blown out from underneath) Yes... I use a tripod setup on some of my pieces and I also screw eyescrews into the front top (painted the proper color of course) and one in back (top) and then run guy wires to stakes in the ground. I have found that the guy wires help quite a bit with my larger characters. Fortunately the wires pretty much disappear at night when the flood lights are on. And yes, I use pressure treated lumber to make my frames and stakes (though I'm using more and more 1/2" metal conduit for stakes). The pressure treated 2x2's got to be a bit expensive, so now I buy 2x6's or 2x8's and cut them down to make my own 2x2's (actually 1 1/2 x 1 1/2). Some of them are fairly warped... but I always cut those into short pieces where the warps in the lumber really don't affect anything. After all, the frame is in back and nobody sees that your frame might be a bit wonky! 😯 I'm guessing you're going to be fighting the wind where you are there in Illinois? I never had to bother with wind issues until we moved out here about 7 years ago. I put my display up out here the first year and the wind just wreaked HAVOC on it! I had my backdrops blow down the street... my characters were in the neighbors yards... it was a MESS!!! I ended up not being able to use my backdrops and I became MUCH more diligent in staking down my characters. Each year we'll get 2 or 3 REALLY bad wind storms during the time I have my display up and I'll end up having 10 or 12 characters blow over. I've even had the wind bend the conduit stakes in half. I'm kind of used to it now and plan for it to happen and plan to spend an hour or so afterward putting my characters back up. Not a lot of fun... but just something I know I'm going to have to deal with. BTW... do you have ideas of what characters you're going to make? Planning on making them for this year?
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    Hey Bucsfan15 - You CAN make fairly intricate cuts in the Coro... but I chose to black out the negative space because it gives me more area onto which I can make a frame for the backside of the characters. For example, if you look at the image of the Grinch above and thought about cutting out just the figure itself... you'd end up with a very narrow little foot and leg onto which you would try to fit a frame. In my opinion, that just gives you too little material with which to work. I had that same situation with quite a few other characters that I was working with... very skinny legs... or very skinny antlers ending in points, or the stick arms from the snowman in Frozen. So I made the decision to just black out the negative space and make the characters more stable by giving myself more surface area.
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    I got a question about using Coro JR. Are you able to make intricate cuts using the jigsaw on the coro? I like cutting out all the negative space of my cutouts. I noticed that you black out all of your negative space is that by choice or just easier ?
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    The only problem I've had with the wind is that I used to make huge background pieces (8' tall by 16' long - 4 sheets of Coro attached side to side) and they'd act like one large sail and go flying when the wind got too strong. Sadly, I had to stop making my backdrops just for that reason. The Coro is exceedingly durable and holds up GREAT in the wind... I've not had one tear off the frame and we get winds up to 50 mph in our area. I have them blow over ALL the time... but that would be true no matter what material I use. I used to animate my characters and had two animated limbs blow off... one wood and one Coro. So I chalk that up to weak joinery (on my part) rather than the material. Not trying to talk you out of using plywood... just offering another suggestion! I'd LOVE to see pics of you creations... regardless of the material you use.
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    Yes we use a jigsaw, they sell different blades. You want a fine cutting one. We prime the sides and then when we paint we also paint the sides with the matching color of the area on the front. The reason mine are off the ground is we live in Florida and the ground is always damp at night so I use bricks to hold them a couple inches off the ground. It allows the bottoms to dry off and not stay damp all season. I use 1/2” metal conduit pipes to install them in the ground, then I use conduit clamps to hold them to the pipe. You can see in this picture that I install 1x2” boards on the back for extra support and a place to screw the pipes to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    In the Electrical section check out Big J's custom cord,