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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. TED

    ID this nativity?

    I like the Mary figure--She has a kind face but that Joseph looks a bit scary! TED
  2. TED

    Identifying Vintage Santa Heads...

    That Santa in the first picture sure has a bad sunburn! TED
  3. TED

    Home Depot blow mold

    I knew there was something I forgot to do! TED
  4. TED

    LED light coverings

    I realize this is way after the fact but for anyone else who comes along to read this, here's a source for the colored caps. These have the plastic clip to hold the light to the frame built into the cap you don't need to buy clips separately. http://shop.christmas-leds.com/category_v3.aspx?categoryID=336 TED
  5. I wish I had known about this. I'm just down the road in Little Rock! Maybe next year. TED
  6. TED

    Zombie flamingo article.

    The skelemingos were hard to find at least in some areas. I was able to get a set from an eBay seller. It was an auction lot that also had a set of all black flamingos. I believe they are all made by Union Products. TED
  7. TED

    Anyone know who made these candles?

    I think Brian is probably right about them being TPI. Did you get the flames with the 2 red ones? TED
  8. TED

    New to the municipal decor world!

    Hi Justin, I think that makes you a "lurker". Congrats on becoming a posting member! TED
  9. TED

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    Thank you for that tip. It never occurred to me that the local store choice would matter. (It seems like they'd only be receiving the shipment.) I'll try changing stores! TED
  10. Welcome back!!! I tend to be less active for part of the year but always show up again at some point. TED
  11. TED

    Portable electric panel

    Disconnect AC from (double pole) breaker. Connect sub-panel or "spider box" to breaker. It took me a minute to realize that hot tube meant hot tub. I was wondering what a hot tube was! My first thought was like an old tube type stereo or radio. I couldn't figure out why you'd need tubes in a sub-panel! The camper plug box looks like a good idea. I was thinking something like that would be good but didn't know what to call it. Those plugs you have on the other end are basically a DIY spider box. You'd hook up a spider box the very same way. (Edit: If you want to get fancy put a camper plug in there like Scott describes.) I can't figure how that blew those minis. They must have been getting 220 instead of 110. Wow, thanks for posting that picture! I've never seen the inside of a panel like that. There's some of those hot tubes! I'd hate to change a fuse in that. One slip and you're zapped! Good point about knowing the type of box. Different manufacturers have different types of breakers and most of them aren't interchangeable. TED I like those green "duck" boxes. They look pretty heavy duty and appear to have "in use" covers built in. Where'd you get those? TED
  12. TED

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    Has anyone else noticed some weirdness with the Ace website? For example in the picture Scott posted you can see the Halloween candle is $14.99. I happened to already have the item open on my computer (at $16.99) before I saw Scott's post. So I refreshed the page thinking the price would change to 14.99 but it did not. Then I tried opening the item in a new private window and it came up at 14.99. So I thought the price went down but they wanted to charge me the old price and hide the lower price from me. So I thought I'll outsmart them and i cleared all my cookies. I opened up the Ace site again and the price was back to 16.99. I wonder if they store the IP number and use that instead of cookies. I just checked now since it's after Halloween to see if the prices might have gone down but instead all the discounted prices are gone except the zombie gnome. (For example the pumpkin was $2 less but now it's not.) Does anybody know whats going on? TED
  13. TED

    Portable electric panel

    It sounds like you've got a plan there and I don''t want to sound like I'm discouraging you from hiring an electrician if you need one, but if you can rewire your AC to setup a portable power supply then you probably know enough to hook up the spider box. TED
  14. TED

    Union Products (CADO) Cow

    When i first saw this I thought it would be great to add to a Nativity scene but then i noticed that it's only 7 inches x 4 inches. Also it has a hole cut in it to make it a planter. It seems over priced for such a small item. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Union-53350-7-x-4-Black-White-Cow-Planter/51555626 TED
  15. TED

    2018 blow mold sidewalk!

    Also not bad when you're the inflatable king! That's a very cool setup. Would Trick or Treaters go up this walkway to get treats? I've always wanted to have a couple of the cat on a pumpkin 'molds but they continue to elude me. I wonder if the actual mold survived the demise of Gen Foam... Ok the second story porch is super cool! I like the way you have everything evenly placed. It makes it look great! I see you also have the cat on a pumpkin which is fairly rare down here in the South! TED