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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
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Location
    Lindsborg, KS
  • Biography
    A person of limited artistic ability who wants to create unique decorations
  • Interests
    Woodworking, metal fab, scale modeling
  • Occupation
    Truck driver
  • About my display
    One of the biggest private ones in our community. We have some of pretty much everything-lights, blowmolds, inflatables, custom made plywood characters

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  1. blackmesa96

    DIY Cut Out Graphic Outlines Tutorial

    Thanks for this! I am excited to try using this for my first project next year (this year is already booked solid). I agree that the coloring page is the easiest way to start. I have an analog/trial and error system that I have used previously to get my original artwork. If anyone is interested in learning about it, or how I get from an 11" high original to something bigger, let me know and I will be glad to give you my method. While I don't claim it's the best, it does work pretty well for somebody such as myself who is has limited technological/artistic skills.
  2. blackmesa96

    converting a battery powered to 120V blow mold

    I converted a Halloween dog (bigger, the kind that sits on its' own) to 120 by removing the entire LED assembly and replacing it with a socket salvaged from another blowmold. Cut a wooden circle slightly bigger than the hole and screwed it to the blowmold in the same fashion they are generally attached at the factory. Added a LED bulb and it works great.