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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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About WaWaZat

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  1. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

    • For Sale
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    7 Large commercial size lighted Christmas wire frame decorations. Frames have been sand blasted, powder coated white and lit with bulk C7 light strings. Supports and stakes made out of rebar have also been powder coated.Initially, the bulb sockets that point up were sealed with clear silicon, between bulb & socket, to prevent water from corroding socket but I have recently found rubber seals that do the same job but much easier to install. I have started converting to using these.Santa & sleigh are C7 LEDs, except ski along bottom which are C7 incandescent.Includes;Custom made ramming tool to drive support rods in to ground straightAbout 2 cases of replacement C7 bulbsA bunch of extra LED bulbsPartial spool of white C7 bulk cordTons of clips to mount sockets to wire framesCouple bags of C7 rubber bulb-socket sealsExtra plug terminalsMiscellaneousDimensions;Snowman36"w x 72"hCandy cane34"w x 60"hSanta80"w x 62"hLead Reindeer x260"w x 84"hReindeer x248"w x 70"h

    $750.00

    South Holland, Illinois - US

  2. WaWaZat

    Lighting Unlight Display Pieces

    Ok, I went to the Home Depot to investigate MR16's. So those are the outdoor malibu systems. Will those little 20w halogens really get the job done better than a 90w flood? If so, how is that?
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    Lighting Unlight Display Pieces

    Are we talkin' Halogen or LED? And for the uninitiated, why?
  4. WaWaZat

    Lighting Unlight Display Pieces

    Just a bump.... I know we've gotta have some lighting experts around here w/some creative ideas!
  5. I'd like to get some opinions on lighting some unlit display pieces. The ones I'm working on now happen to be a Thanksgiving theme, but I will be doing these for Christmas & other Holidays as well. I'm open to any creative ideas... just so happens I'm using PAR38 CFL bulbs currently. The 1st 2 pix are a wind banner that reaches up about 9'. The 1st pic is with a flash, just so you can see what I'm dealing with and the 2nd is very close to how well... or unwell... the banner is lit w/the 2 spotlights. I'm trying to hit the top of the banner with the 2nd spot that's positioned further away. Not only is the 90w CFL not quite hitting that area 9' up, but it looks a bit tacky on the ground. Is there another type of light I might consider using, maybe something w/a narrower focus? Or, I could possibly run a cord up the banner pole & I do have a few inches on the top to use something (although I don't know what) that reflects only downward. The light on the owl is a 90w, yellow CFL bug light. That one doesn't look to bad but again, I'm open to any other creative ideas or how others might have lit it. The scarecrow mounted on the light post isn't lit at all. The head is 9 - 9.5' up. I've taken pix with & without the flash just so I can show what I'm up against. Any ideas??
  6. WaWaZat

    Flood Light Education

    Well I think a spotlight is actually what I'm looking for. I'm trying to light non-lit display pieces. Can you tell me what the difference is between R, BR & PAR lights? And the numbers that coincide? i.e. PAR30 & PAR38 Do you have lumen output specs for the bulbs you sell... or what watt incandescent they compare to? Is the inventory on your site up to date? It lists you have a few of the larger 72 & 120 bulbs.
  7. WaWaZat

    Flood Light Education

    I'm not dimming these. Do the florescent floodlights give off a good spot? Where is everyone buying their LED flood bulbs? Can these be used in a standard stake flood socket?
  8. WaWaZat

    Flood Light Education

    Actually the $5 bulbs were colored fluorescent. Does anyone have experience with how well those work? Can anyone tell me what the difference is between R, BR & PAR lights?
  9. WaWaZat

    Flood Light Education

    I need some white & colored flood lights to light some non-lit display pieces on the front lawn. 1st off, what's the difference between R, BR & PAR lights? Any recommendations for good quality, cost effective bases & bulbs? I've seen some stake sockets at Home Depot for $5 that have rubber around the top. Seems it would seal to the bulb & should eliminate any probs with water getting in. What size bulbs will give a nice bright spot? I'd also like to be as energy efficient as possible without spending more than I'd save in electricity. Are there good, cost effective LED floods available yet that will fit the bill? I've seen some fluorescents for between $5 - $8 ea at HD. So far, I will not have the need to dim these.
  10. WaWaZat

    Decorated House List?

    Yes, I found that in a google search today. Too bad she doesn't have an online list... wouldn't have the book by tomorrow.
  11. WaWaZat

    Decorated House List?

    Wow...not many updated since '06! Is it that no one updated the list or are there that many fewer displays this year? Does anyone have any other resources? Usually my local paper publishes a list but the only thing I can find in their archives is a letter from a reader talking about how fewer displays there seems to be this year in the SW burbs. How about PC members?! Anyone near the So burbs of Chi care to post their address/website?
  12. WaWaZat

    Decorated House List?

    Ah...I didn't notice that...thx!
  13. WaWaZat

    Decorated House List?

    Oh...I used this one last year. Do you know anything about how up to date it is? There were a few last year that didn't decorate.
  14. WaWaZat

    Decorated House List?

    I thought I remember reading in a PC newsletter a few mos ago there was a new feature listing decorated houses by area. Is there one? I'm looking to set up a route through the So & SW burbs of Chicago Tue night. If not here... does anyone know of a list for this area?
  15. WaWaZat

    Sunbeam LED lights - JCPenny

    I bought some Sunbeam mini lights last year from Menards. 210 ct strings, 2) blue & 2) white. They look awesome! The quality is great. The instructs say I can plug 16 sets end-to-end...that 3360 lights! For the 35 ct, it says 100 sets. They're removable bulbs, but I used them indoor on my Christmas tree. I got compliments from my neighbors & inquiry's as to what lights I was using on the tree...and that was from outside looking in through my windows. Next year I think I will take evey other bulb out of the strings & swap the colors so the strings are blue/white, for a more even look when on the tree.
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