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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.



bigj3fan4life last won the day on February 12 2017

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About bigj3fan4life

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 12/22/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Each year it changes
  • Location
    Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
  • Biography
    I love Christmas!
  • Interests
    Christmas decorations
  • Occupation
    Chistmas Engineer
  • About my display
    Over the top.

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  1. I have been an active member for over 10 years, and a lurker since 2002. Some thing I would like to see; Instead of quoting somebody, maybe a comment box to reply to that comment. I use the DIY Do It Yourself section the most and have made many friends and contacts from there. But, there are a bunch of things in the DIY Motorized Contraptions section that need to be consolidated (Hamberger Display items) into their own sub category, or moved to the indoor section and add a sub category for the Gemmy stuff. Also maybe the ability to have a photo section on your profile.
  2. You can already do this from your profile page.
  3. bigj3fan4life

    Need help with a motor

    I use 12v wal warts for wiper motors. I get them from junk stores for cheap.
  4. bigj3fan4life

    Motorizing a cutout

    The simplest way, would be to use a deer head motor. I find them cheap at garage sales because usually the lights don't work.
  5. bigj3fan4life

    LED Pre- Sale Help

    William Bottomly puts this list together and it's a great tool to use when researching prices. http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources.html
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    I built a couple of these several years ago and they still work great for incandescents. Most of the big box "house brand" LED's are not fullwave, but the GE brand seem to be.
  7. bigj3fan4life

    Grapevine reindeer troubles

    During this year's setup, I had 7 of my reindeer connected together and before I could get plugged them into my electrical panel (and luckily), a thunderstorm came trough and a lightning strike killed all the bulbs in each reindeer. We've been wanting to do something different with them for a while, but just haven't. Has anyone ever covered them with some sort of fabric to resemble fur? in years past, we had them in a coral, but we want to create a barn or something like that. Any ideas?
  8. bigj3fan4life

    Tree Dazzler

    As if that ever stopped anybody! I got one to tinker with. The first setback, it has to be turned on everytime you power it up.
  9. bigj3fan4life

    Close hanger arches?

    You can chuck them up in a drill to twist the wire hangers together. If your dead set on using the hangers, I would twist as many together as possible because of strength. Less = flimsy in this case.
  10. bigj3fan4life

    Modest 2016 Display

    I use 1/4" hardboard for most of mine and I've got some cutouts that are 15 years old. I also paint the edges to seal them and also paint the backside with some scrap outdoor paint. Recently I've discovered underlatyment at HD about $15 for a 4x8 sheet. It's a little thin, but lightweight enough for the roof. The drawback to the thin stuff, it needs a support frame of some type. The Rudolph in the picture is hardboard and was made in 2001 and repainted in 2012.
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    Tree Dazzler

    Has anyone hacked these yet?
  12. bigj3fan4life

    Plywood Cut Out Help

    You might try Sherwoodonline.com
  13. bigj3fan4life

    After Christmas Sale

    Same thing in western Arkansas. Lowe's, HD, and Walmart, all had a crapload of multi. I haven't spent a dime yet. Pre-sales are definitely the way to go. Just be careful who you deal with, go with someone who has been in business for a while. Some of those fly by night guys sell junk or even worse, take your money and run.
  14. bigj3fan4life

    Power: Do I need more?

    This is a great tool I still use every year. http://www.planetchristmas.com/figuring-power-needs/
  15. bigj3fan4life

    When do you say...."I don't care..."

    2009 was the same way for me. In fact, we took that year off completely. We came back the next year with a whole new plan and had a lot of people tell me how they missed us last year. This whole season was that way for me. I just couldn't get motivated, seemed almost burnt out. We only did about half of our normal display and went the totally static route this year. Once we got finished putting it together, we started making our plans for next year. I seem to get more creative ideas and almost excited to get things packed away this weekend, so I can get in the workshop and start next year's project.