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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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About Chris

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    Penthouse Member
  • Birthday 10/02/1961

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  • Location
    Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
  • Biography
    Anything you want to know, just ask.
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    It has lights!

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  1. Chris

    Minnesota Mini - Fall 2010

    That could work for me. I'll watch the schedule at work and try to make adjustments.
  2. Chris

    Best Picture from the Chicago Mini (BMMT)

    Heres a link to the article...http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/2684848,CST-NWS-xmas09web.article
  3. Chris

    Minnesota Addresses

    11700 Norway St. NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448-2361 Public, It's been in the papers for several years.
  4. Chris

    Minnesota Roll Call

    I've been animated the last two years. I just decided not to do it this year.
  5. Chris

    Minnesota Roll Call

    My display this year is all static. No stress of sequencing or what cords plug into what channels
  6. Chris

    Heads up Minnesota

    Nov. 1st works for me.
  7. Chris

    Heads up Minnesota

    The 31st is out for me. I'm working a booth at the Anoka Parade.
  8. Chris

    Heads up Minnesota

    Saturday the 24th works for me. I could be on your doorstep around 12:10. I work until noon.
  9. Chris

    Christmas Village 2009

    I don't have any plans for this. I just draw it up one night after measuring the room.
  10. Chris

    Christmas Village 2009

    That was the first design flaw I encountered. I need to cut down one set of boxes to make them nest together. The other set already nests pretty well. Both sets will need to go in the Blowmold shed. I'm not sure how that's going to work out yet.
  11. Chris

    Christmas Village 2009

    The bottom row is 12 inches wide, the next two are 10 inches and the top is 8 inches.
  12. Chris

    Christmas Village 2009

    and a few more.
  13. I built new tables for my Mother this year for her village. She couldn't wait to set it up. Here are a few pics.
  14. Chris

    Lights are in at Lowe's

    That's exactly what I found at my local Lowes.