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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.



Everything posted by Fodstar

  1. Fodstar

    Reliable C7 or C9 LED Lights

    I've been using the same strings of LED C9s and C6s from this vendor for 5+ year without a single problem; I find them plenty bright, but they are more expensive than what you find at the big box stores: https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/
  2. Fodstar

    What color lighting do you prefer?

    I generally use: Red/Green/Warm White C9s on the roof line Warm White 5 mm on low shrubs Red 5 mm on mid-size shrubs Green 5 mm on tall shrubs and small trees Red C6s in the canopy of mid-size/large trees Blue and gold 5 mm here and there for contrast
  3. Fodstar

    Really BIG Lights

    The company that marketed the original Really BIG Lights appears to have gone out of business. At least one company is making battery-powered knock offs (available at Home Depot). Has anyone seen Edison plug knock offs being offered anywhere? Thanks.
  4. Just received my first one - can't wait to see it in my display this year. I second qberg's comments: Quality appears high and shipping was fast. Thanks!
  5. Fodstar

    Other sites?

    Chuck, et al: Something that we all could consider doing would be to spread the word and introduce others to the site. As this conversation string illustrates, at least some of us have found it purely by chance. Prior to doing so, I had no clue that such communities even existed or where to turn for help and ideas. Now that I do, I spend quite a bit of time trolling through the archives, considering and weighing design options and driving my wife crazy with my creative ramblings - all great fun! I strongly suspect that there are many others out there who, like me, just needed a resource like PC to help get me started.
  6. Fodstar

    Other sites?

    When I first started my exterior display about 5 years ago my house was one of only a few in the neighborhood that decorated. As time has passed and my display has grown, more and more people in the neighborhood have started decorating, as well. We inspire and motivate each other and set up season is now one of the neighborhood's social highlights of the year. It is amazing what a few lights can do to foster a holiday spirit. Finding and joining the Planet Christmas community has been incredibly helpful for me. Who knew there were so many people with the same obsession and such an incredible array of experiences, creativity, skills AND a willingness to share?
  7. Fodstar

    Really BIG Lights

    Thank you, Scott Robb and Charlie E.
  8. Fodstar

    Newbie Seeking Help with LED Rope Light

    Mikeymatic, Problem resolved. Thanks very much for the help and education.
  9. As the post title indicates I'm a newbie, both in terms of Planet Christmas (this is my first post here - yeah me!) and in terms of rope lights and I'm hoping the community can be of assistance. I just completed my first cut and power lead installation with initial success (i.e. the LEDs lit up - on the work bench). Went to move the string and the power lead fell off; clearly I didn't adequately tighten the compression nut. Here's the problem: I've been unable to successfully re-connect the power lead (i.e. I'm not getting power to the LEDs). I'm wondering if my multiple efforts to re-connect the lead have messed up the internal wires to the point I can't make a connection. Any suggestions for potentially remedying this issue that don't require me removing a whole section and starting over? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.