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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Lover of all things Christmas
  • Interests
    Halloween and Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
    Christmas decorator
  • About my display
    I won local competition

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  1. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Love your display Slankard. Are a lot of your characters antiques? Did you make your own sleigh? And what size lights do you lay on the ground?
  2. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Thank you Diamond. I love yours also. Did you buy or make your own lighted gift boxes? We lived in PA. Near a Christmas tree farm. I miss the snow at Christmas. And how at nite it felt like you lived in a Christmas Village.
  3. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    I live in Texas. Most days we don't have "elements"
  4. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Thank you Slankard, It's an AtmosFX video. They do really great videos. And they are decently priced. I have 17 of their videos so far. Halloween and Christmas. They are my biggest compliments at both Holidays. I have an older projector that is 2500 lumens. I bought off Ebay for $55 and since its older I use a Micca Speck ($30 from Amazon ) with a USB to play the videos. It will be one of your best investments. I also have a video playing in my garage window.
  5. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    I bought mine online from Walmart. They were actually cheaper $5.18 I then picked them up at the store. I was at Home Depot and they had theirs marked down to $5.98 I would like to make them brighter. I've been looking at videos of how to do it so I might try it sometime next year.
  6. debbiedowner

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Hi, I am new to the site. My name is Deb. This is my 2017 display. Most of the displays I made my self. I don't do singing lights because I'm not singing light savvy LOL So I try and do cute things like Santas Runway and Santas clothes hanging out to dry. And of course the Atmos videos help quite a bit. I love everyone's pictures. Y'all have given me some great ideas for next year. 10000000_145655116091025_4118374806477340672_n_(1)_(1).mp4