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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 Mark B

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Taking a trip to Rockefeller center in New York City to see the biggest Christmas tree any kid can imagine....
  • Location
    Spencer, Mass
  • Biography
    Dedicated parent who enjoys staying very active with my kids.
  • Interests
    Parenting, Christmas lights and more lights....
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    16,500 lights for 2015. We started with inflatables.... And now we try incorporating a theme each year. It's a static display. We use inflatables, cutouts, blowmolds, and of course plenty of lights!

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  1. I have found that incandescent need more maintenance. So this is my last year (hopefully, if Santa brings me many l.e.d.s, or gift cards) using incandescent bulbs. On average, c9 LEDs run about $1.15 a bulb so do the math. Buying in bulk will always save you money. Take in to account of buying a spool of c9 sockets on a SPT-1 cord as well. I work for a national christmas decorating company. SPT-2 wire is more conducive to catch fire over time. Big box stores will sell you what you are paying for. Try finding a vendor online that is willing to negotiate an all inclusive package. Meaning, try to get your whole order from one vendor. Calling works better than emailing, customer service departments tend to want that sale versus not meeting a potential customers needs. Hope this was helpful.
  2. Mark B

    Baez family 2015 display

    Homemade arches and train set.