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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 JeffCarter

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  • Birthday June 29

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Biography
    I've been lighting up for Christmas since I was 4. I started a YouTube Channel with DIY videos for Outdoor Christmas Decorations. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwTziyLSWWiCFTCIb-acUQ
  • Interests
    Vintage GE Christmas Lighting and Christmas Lighting History.
  • Occupation
    Broadcast Engineer
  • About my display
    I create lighted displays for my home, my office and for the homes of friends and family.

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  1. JeffCarter

    Plywood Santa DIY video

    Well, bring the good old days back. It's easy to make these and other plywood projects and there is a whole generation that needs to see this kind of display. You'll really stand out in a neighborhood of inflatables and laser shows. 🙂
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    Plywood Santa DIY video

    I posted this video of a U-Bild Plywood Santa project I just completed.
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    Christmas Plywood Cutouts

    I show you the basic steps to make a plywood Santa for your Christmas display using U-Bild Santa Project # 189. https://www.u-bild.com/projects-holid... For more retro Christmas display and lighting ideas, check out www.ChristmasCraftsman.com.
  4. JeffCarter

    LED's that look like Incandescent

    Here's a comparison I did... https://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/60836-new-leds-vs-incandescent/&_fromLogin=1#replyForm
  5. JeffCarter

    Plywood sealer recommendations

    Do you use it over the painted cutouts or to seal the plywood prior to painting?
  6. What's the best sealer for painted plywood cutouts?
  7. The Macy's in Minneapolis is selling their old figurines that were part of their Christmas display. https://grafeauction.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp…
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    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    The Macy's in Minneapolis is selling their old figurines that were part of their Christmas display. https://grafeauction.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp…
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    Here's most of the Popular Mechanics display patterns: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/vintage-popular-mechanics-christmas-ideas.html
  10. JeffCarter

    New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Along those lines, here's another experiment I did...
  11. The ability to edit your post and comments for the life of the post.
  12. JeffCarter

    New LED's vs. Incandescent

    I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  13. JeffCarter

    Prayers needed

    Will do.
  14. JeffCarter

    New LED's vs. Incandescent

    I did a little experiment with some new LED's that came out this year.
  15. JeffCarter

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Nothing completes your vintage outdoor Christmas lighting quite like snow. Christmas snows are rare for Georgia - especially an 8" snow. I created a flickr album of some pictures and videos I took. Click on the picture below and enjoy. Merry Christmas!