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  • 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.
  • 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 Digger61

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year I received a Vertibird Helicopter as a child.
  • Location
    Ct
  • Biography
    Light enthusiast beginning to build more for my display
  • Interests
    Outdoor Christmas decorating,woodworking, chess,
  • Occupation
    DBA
  • About my display
    It has grown every year from basic lights, to archways, the biggest yet this year, if I get everything made in time

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  1. Vintage Crystal Valley Decoration

    OK, that's cool, as we theme each year and do differnt themes, yes I'm a bit crazy to change it up so much each year. This just might make this years toyland theme be just over the top.
  2. What goes down must go up!

    we just added 10 inches of snow in CT, so the cords are there until the first thaw. I took down my inflatables, everything else is staked or buried, so with negative wind chills it will stay outside until it gets warmer.
  3. What goes down must go up!

    WLND-David, I grew up in Erie, have family there. they are used to snow, but not this much all at once. I'm just glad I don't live there any more. 5+ feet of snow on the ground and climbing. It will take a while to melt off. My mother just doesn't go anywhere at this point, she's in her 80's.
  4. What goes down must go up!

    Here in CT its just above zero, with an inch or two of snow on the ground. all my cords are covered in the snow. may have to wait until spring thaw to get to some of them. LOL.
  5. A slip ring is the key, I found them on E-Bay for under $20. 3 wire, up to 30 amps, meant for a windmill, but is doing a great job on my carousel.
  6. Info request on Union Products candy canes.

    Mel, thank you once again for your wealth of knowledge. I just wish I could find the light string and Garland to go with them. Do you have a picture you could post? Maybe I can make the light string and add some garland.
  7. I'm looking for any information on these candy canes. They were made by Union. The box shows that they were sold by Sears, and the shipping mark show they shipped to Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. They are 17 inches tall with small steel bars for mounting. The bars slide into the bottom. Each one has the clip on the back as if they might hold a C9.
  8. New member our scene for 2017

    wow, quite the chorale of blow molds. looks great.
  9. Have you seen these before?

    Merry Christmas Big J. This posted twice, once with and once without the pictures, that's odd. If you look at the other post you'll see the pictures. Need to figure out how to delete this one.
  10. 27 1/2 Ok, it's Christmas eve, I ask my wife if she'd like to go look for a couple of chairs to add to the dining room set. We visit a local antique shop and what to my wondering eye should appear? These two cement candlesticks. Roughly 27 1/2 inches without the bulbs. Recently re-wired with new cords and sockets. There's a metal pipe up the center to run the wire. We found them to be unique and a once in a lifetime find.
  11. 27 1/2 Ok, it's Christmas eve, I ask my wife if she'd like to go look for a couple of chairs to add to the dining room set. We visit a local antique shop and what to my wondering eye should appear? These two cement candlesticks. Roughly 27 1/2 inches without the bulbs. Recently re-wired with new cords and sockets. There's a metal pipe up the center to run the wire. We found them to be unique and a once in a lifetime find.
  12. I'd be interested in the plans also.
  13. 50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    Looks Great. The idea is a good one.
  14. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Finally getting a chance to post. Here's my display.
  15. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    I was working on final touches, the lights were on the first night, 12/1, cars are slowing down as they pass by the house getting a good look. waved to one and said come on in, as we allow folks to walk through the display, They left on the spot. Another car stops right in front of the house, I hear, "look at that, did you see that" my wife says to come in, this couple pull in they and the kids get out, and have a great time looking around. That's the reason I do it. the kids faces were spectacular.
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