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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year we woke up and found the entire living room piled high with presents (there were 8 kids in my family)
  • Location
    Cleveland suburb ohio
  • Biography
    Happily married with 3 adult children
  • Interests
    Reading, raising pups, collecting vintage road signs and traffic lights.
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  • About my display
    I make sure it is different every year. I have enough décor to do this.

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  1. Thanks for the update and all the effort, time, and expense you put into running this forum. Sounds complex.
  2. Hanging with My Peeps

    VERY NICE pickup. Agree with Big J: we all would love to have those!
  3. Roof Frame

    The last house I owned had those ridge vents with the small drains at the base also, and I used them with tie-wraps to secure stars and LED snowflakes to the roof. Looked great. You can use white, blue, mix 'em up. We lived 8 miles from the airport, so I'm sure passengers in the planes could see them also!
  4. Poloron snowman on Ebay

    $2000. and 37 bids? That's insane....and, the mechanism isn't even working. Unreal. Bidding ends tomorrow. Get off the wallet.
  5. For sale - GIANT snow machine

    As stated by many: cool! As far as selling, have you contacted those rental businesses, there' s one in every city, that rents out Bobcats, power-washers, etc? They may be interested in purchasing it, then renting it. Or film companies? Ski slope operators?
  6. Prayers needed

    Will offer up prayers. I think that is great what you are doing for your mom. You're a good son.
  7. Roof Frame

    That's a great idea. I will keep my eyes open for one. BTW: there is a ton of TV-type cable being strung in this area for the past year and a half. Always wanted one of those large round steel spoked reels that they transport their cable in. The reel would be perfect for my rotator motor. This year, I plan on a carousel, using those plastic horses that kids would spring back and forth on. They are colorful, yet allow a light inside to be seen. Before I sign out, is there a great deal of stress on the cable from the reindeer when strung between two trees, or a pole?
  8. What color lighting do you prefer?

    There is a certain shade of blue (LED) that looks so cool. I have not been able to find it anywhere, but it looks like it may have a mite of purple in it. I will try to locate a sample and post it.
  9. Roof Frame

    That is nice! I am structure-challenged, meaning there is only one tree in my yard, and if I wish to display my reindeer and santa, I have to be pretty creative. I do want to elevate them, though. Any one else out there who may have ideas?
  10. Roof Frame

    Mcas4380: thnx for the tip. I did a search of reindeer on a roof on this forum and came up with a ton of info. Great tip!
  11. Roof Frame

    Were the reindeer attached to the cable? Or on your roof?
  12. Roof Frame

    Now that you've opened up a can of worms about roof displays, I was wondering if anyone on the forum has found a simple method of attaching 9 reindeer and a sleigh using some sort of frame where you don't have to risk damaging roof shingles? Salamber: Pinterest has examples of attaching C9's to PVC. I believe you need to drill holes.
  13. Merging of new P.C.

    No, we didn't get to see the skiers doing their aerial stuff. Would've like to have seen that. We plan on three trips this year, not including several to D.C. The one trip to New York will be to drop off a black lab that we raised for Guidingeyes.org. Hopefully, we can get to Olympic Park during that visit. About the bobsled: we live less than an hour from Cedar Point, about 4 - 1/2 hours from Kings Island. Those fantastic parks have some bad--- roller coasters, and I've ridden them all. But to ride on the bobsled is the ultimate. That is one fast ride. Your teeth will rattle and that ride just goes on and on. Thanks for the tips on Whiteface and Olympic.
  14. Merging of new P.C.

    Donna: I see you are from upstate New York. In 1999 and 2000, a co-worker and I spent a number of weeks at a bus mf'g facility (NovaBus) in Albany/Schnectady as inspectors for buses that Cleveland was purchasing. It was costly to bring us home over weekends when the plant was closed, so we did a lot of exploring. Upstate New York is so darn cool!! At Lake Placid, we rode the bobsled; at Saratoga Springs we attended an impromptu street concert. The music was A-1, and the cans of beer were $1. Can't remember what city, but we found an all-ice-block house and were allowed to walk through it. A lot of very good memories, upstate NY is the best!!!!!!!!!!
  15. Merging of new P.C.

    Donna, your explanation kinda makes sense. I can deal with that. Thanks for your interpretation.