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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 Fodstar

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Every one.
  • Location
    Los Angeles/CA
  • Biography
    I'm just this guy...
  • Interests
    Holiday decorating; duh. :-)
  • Occupation
    I do stuff for others so I have the money to do stuff for myself.
  • About my display
    My display started out in 2013 as a single string of 150 white C9s along the roofline; for 2018 my display will incorporate approximately 10,000 lights. The display is semi-static and primarily LED.

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  1. Vote for diamondkilo 5 times: done.
  2. Fodstar

    Virginia Displays

    Love it!
  3. Fodstar

    Illinois Lights

    Big J: Gorgeous!
  4. Fodstar

    Bent over no more!

    Brilliant and the result is akin to a forest of lights; nice job.
  5. Slankard: I concur with you regarding the whole "contest" aspect; I actually find it a bit reductive and crass (but I'll keep watching and wouldn't mind the $50k). IMO it would be better as a pure celebration of the motivation for, artistry in and execution of our displays than a competition where, by definition, 1 wins and the rest "lose". A single light or decoration can effectively convey/reinforce the message of the season - that is the true "win."
  6. Thanks for the heads up, DK; good object lesson on why regular inspections of our displays are a good idea.
  7. Fodstar

    Good luck tonight Bill!

    Congrats Bill V: awesome display!!!
  8. Quick update: I reached out to My Door Decor to discuss the challenges described above and had a very pleasant and productive conversation with their national sales manager, Adam, in which we agreed on a path of resolution. Adam's responsiveness and customer service were outstanding. Thanks, MDD!
  9. Fodstar

    2018 Display: Happy Holidays!

    Thanks, Bull!
  10. Fodstar

    2018 Display: Happy Holidays!

    Thanks very much Big J and Diamondkilo!
  11. Lights on Nov. 24. IMG_0575.MOV
  12. Pity the fader didn't work out; that would have been a nice effect, but even static the flakes are a great addition.
  13. Big J: As you can see, not horrible, but could be better.
  14. Absolutely beautiful - great job!