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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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  1. Fodstar

    Virginia Displays

    Love it!
  2. Fodstar

    Illinois Lights

    Big J: Gorgeous!
  3. Fodstar

    Bent over no more!

    Brilliant and the result is akin to a forest of lights; nice job.
  4. 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."
  5. Thanks for the heads up, DK; good object lesson on why regular inspections of our displays are a good idea.
  6. Lights on Nov. 24. IMG_0575.MOV
  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. Pity the fader didn't work out; that would have been a nice effect, but even static the flakes are a great addition.
  12. Big J: As you can see, not horrible, but could be better.
  13. Absolutely beautiful - great job!
  14. Just installed my first mural from My Door Decor. Pros: Print quality appears high and the image is quite nice. Cons: Unfortunately several: Mural was damaged right out of the box Mounting holes along the top were not properly spaced to work with the provided hardware; about 1/4 inch too close together I purchased the 16' x 7' size to fit my 16' x 7' door. While the dimensions are as advertised, the mounting hardware (while cleverly designed) creates a sub-optimal result: an @ 4 " inch gap at the bottom and an extension of @ 2" beyond the top of the door frame. This results in: The top of the graphic being cut off by the garage door frame; The extension at the top interfering with the operation of my garage door opener: It kept tripping the door close stop mechanism so that the door would not fully close. I had to tape the top of the mural down to the top of the garage door in order to resume normal function. I really wanted to like this product, but am disappointed with the result.
  15. I need to test/fine tune tonight, but otherwise am done!
  16. Fodstar

    2018 display is done!

    Hair: Looks wonderful! I really like your decorating style/precision.
  17. Thanks diamondkilo - much appreciated.
  18. Diamondkilo: The faders are a great idea; would love to see another video showing the effect. Do you have a good source for fade controllers? Thanks.
  19. Fodstar

    Display so far

    Salamber: Looks great! And I have a lot of work to do on my display to catch up. :-)
  20. Diamondkilo: Looking great! I really like the snowflake layout.
  21. Sparkleball: Congrats; the tree looks great. And you are correct: trees can be real light hogs.
  22. Look good, TIKOO; thanks for sharing.