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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 xenon

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    too many, but the main one keeps repeating itself, watching all the happy faces every year as children, and adults enjoy our CHRISTmas displays.
  • Location
    Kingston GA
  • Biography
    60 years young, been doing CHRISTmas dispalys for 15 years,
  • Interests
    ATVs, jeeping, colleciton of over 5,000 antique soda bottles
  • Occupation
    does not matter now, retire in 12 months
  • About my display
    4 acres, driveby, 350+ inflatables, 10,000+ lights, 200 amps and a $800 electric bill each year.

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  1. yep started 12-12, Lowes ALL Christmas 50% off!
  2. xenon

    Personally I hate

    I recently bought a pallet of "green laser lights" to resale, they have the same 'transformer" with them that goes with the small inflatables. I paid $2.50 each for the lights, thinking about trashing the lase and selling the transformer, but then I know the failure rate would be high, but its going to be high with the lights too. wish there was a good alternative.
  3. yes hate is strong, but I really do hate the small blowers and AC DC transformers Gemmy uses, come on you can buy the same blower at your local computer shop for $2, and they would think you were crazy if you told them you were going to put it outside. I really do not understand Gemmy, that do so good on so many things, I noticed one of our 2012 Globes had a 3 year warranty from Gemmy. needless to say I do not buy many of them especially for full price But $1.00 eases he pain so I can tell if the transformer is bad or not. this little DC test lamp is the best, just stick a probe in each hole of the transformer (with it plugged up of course) light its good, no light its bad simple. I did solder a small drill bit on the clip, just a little smaller than the hole. any way here are a couple of pics
  4. of course Home Depot is out, but plenty here and real good prices https://www.noveltylights.com/christmas-light-power-accessories
  5. xenon

    Mega mega Mega tree?

    love our mega tree, utility company abomined a 40' pole in our front yard, works great. has anyone thought of or done, a tree in a tree in a tree, maybe dropping down a few feet each time and moving in some. just wondered how that would look, obviously for next year
  6. xenon

    LED bulbs

    now there's a idea, mixing LED and incandescent? may be a interesting look thanks for help
  7. xenon

    LED bulbs

    a close out store near me is selling a box of 50 C9 screw in bulbs for $15. and they had a 100' length of C9 fixtures, and a spool of 500' $10 for the 100' are these good prices, and would the C9s work in a older string designed for incandescent thanks.
  8. xenon

    House Lights Flashing

    awesome, a lesson learned for this old dog, glad you got it solved
  9. xenon

    Couple pics of our display

    threw a pic of panel and timers in, pulls right at 165 amps, down by 15 amps since mostly LED lights, center timer is for all light circuits, pulls only like 4 amps. the other two timers are 7 day timers, each running 6 20 amp circuits each, 200 amp main with it own meter.
  10. xenon

    Couple pics of our display

    I love inflatables cause we store everything in the loft of the pole barn. added a observation deck this year, plus a detachable slide to get stuff up to the loft, and down too.
  11. xenon

    Couple pics of our display

    finally got most everything up, still working on lights, etc
  12. Dollar Tree has these for $1.00. rated at 16 amps. yes, a few places they wont work, but a lot of places they will
  13. xenon

    Holiday time inflatables

    just realized I have the Ho Ho HO Balls in our display. I generally do not buy inflatables that have a AC/DC converter and CDC motor because they do not seem to hold up very well outside. And yes they do have LED non replaceable lights. I think the only reason I bought them last year was they were on clearance at Kroger for $9.95. Since the blower seems to still be good I would recommend simply cutting or disconnecting the lights and buy a short string or LED lights and replace the ones in there, normally you can do this through the zippers, takes a little, no a lot of patience, worst case you can cut a seam and resew it, it is a nice display item, kinda ditto on the Minions
  14. xenon

    Holiday time inflatables

    Always glad to have new members, welcome. Not sure if I can help, but are the lights LED?
  15. did you manage to get any of the club inflatables, I still have the snow cone machine, its tired had to add a second blower