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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.
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  • 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.

Carrie Sansing

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About Carrie Sansing

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  • Birthday September 9

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    Glenview, Northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
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  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween displays, restoring blow molds and vintage decorations and woodcarving
  • Occupation
    General Manager/COO Apartment & Shopping Mall Complex
  • About my display
    Our display changes each year, we're heavy on blowmolds, control the display with LOR.

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  1. Carrie Sansing

    "United Solutions" New company?

    I bought 4 of the candles from Amazon last year.. United Solutions. Mel, I wonder why your contact person was being hesitant to confirm them as a distributor or as a division of Cado. I'm going to look and check to see if there are any corporate filings.. may shed a bit more light. I just assumed they were a division of Cado..ass u me.. we know what that means.
  2. Carrie Sansing

    Needs A Restoration!

    I've restored 3 Poloron fawns for people.. but their condition was so bad, paint was almost gone, damaged plastic, broken ear collars, etc.. Yours looks exceptionally good, IMO I wouldn't touch it, but that's just me.
  3. Carrie Sansing

    Paint Color Question For Life Size Balthazar

    If you prepare the blow mold well and go lightly with the paint you can effectively use other spray paints besides those formulated for strictly for plastic. Rustoleum Painters Touch works well, I have used it when I was stuck for a color not offered in the plastic line by Krylon or Rustoleum. A close match for the pink is gloss Candy Pink. I suggest that once you paint with a non plastic paint that you seal the mold with a clear coat. It will help with adhesion over time. I hope this helps you.
  4. Carrie Sansing

    Sylvania Yulescapes?

    I had a Sylvania Yulescapes Snowman and a motorized Elf. I bought them in 2006. The Snowman, sadly, deteriorated badly (the foam) and I had to toss it. The Elf is still in working condition. At that time, I was tempted to buy the gingerbread house but didn't do so. They were widely distributed here in the Chicago area. I do recall them being more or less on clearance at FIM (a store here that would buy overstocks) in 2007 and 2008.
  5. Your car or rental car..perfect choice! See you there!
  6. Carrie Sansing

    Actually Found Blow Molds In Florida! :)

    That is one of the best deals I've seen in a long long time. Good for you, Elaine!
  7. Carrie Sansing

    Lots Of Molds Going To C3? This Is Part Of What I Am Bringing.

    There will be molds available at the Swap Meet at the American Christmas Decorator's Conference, coming up on June 20 - 23 in Carmel, Indiana. The American Christmas Decorators Conference IS replacing ICE, LUO, and C3... The concept to form one larger event to make things easier, as well as more valuable for everyone is one that has been in the works for a while. We will have ALL of the things that made each of the seperate events a success, so no matter if your interest is Blow Molds, DIY, LOR, pixels, or something in between, this is your event! The central Indiana location was selected for ease of access, affordable amenities, and a large list of things to see and do for families while visiting. The agenda kicks off on Thursday at Noon with the opening presentation and hands-on workshops in the afternoon, an informal dinner and meet and greet that evening. Friday and Saturday morning at 9 we have a full day schedule including continental breakfast and lunch (provided) and it will run through until 5-5:30, at which point everyone will be free to do thier own thing. Some of the die-hards that want to continue conversations into the evening will be welcome to hang out until we have to chase everyone off later that night to get some sleep. We look forward to seeing everyone there! For more information, click the link: http://acdc.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2437445-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=5127df8620603cc
  8. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    There are so many people that helped with C3 this year, that I run the risk of forgetting someone if I attempted naming everyone. The weather fooled us, typical for Chicago. Who would have ever thought the remnants of a Hurricane would affect us here, and as we all saw.. it didn’t. But without the assistance of everyone who so willingly pitched in this year, supplied muscle, support, vehicles, patience, brains and tireless assistance, C3 could have been a disaster..thank you all from the bottom of my heart..Christmas decorators are, without doubt, the most generous, giving and helpful people I have ever had the honor of knowing. I want to give special thanks to all of our vendor sponsors, instructors/roundtable facilitators, and to everyone who attended..God bless and thank you all so much for everything. Special thanks to my husband, Dave, Cathy Fischer, and Terry Powers...you all rock.
  9. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    Apologies for not seeing these posts earlier..please forgive me. If you wish to come to C3, you still may do so. You will not receive a t-shirt, but I do need to know in advance. Payment of $40 at the door (sorry there is no reduction in price). Please contact me (Carrie Sansing) at dsans12367@aol.com Four vendors will be here, Christmas-Leds.com (product and ordering); Winkelbottoms Wireframes (some product and ordering); TwoDogLights (no products, but ordering); LightKeeper/LedKeeper (no products); GordonLights (ordering)
  10. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    In the event of bad weather, we will move C3 to the host hotel, The Courtyard by Marriott 1801 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025. A conference room and the entire lobby is ours for the event.. No worries!
  11. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    In case you were wondering, there will be a rather huge swap meet at C3. Bring what you have to sell or swap, your junk may be someone else's treasure!
  12. Carrie Sansing

    Custom Gf Snoopy

    I have a customer for this, asked for a new look. Thought I would share it here. The paint is finished but there will be another modification to change it. The plan is to add a string of LED C7s from the interior so that the tree will truly look like a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, software keeps giving me an error message that I have exceeded my allotted disk space for an attachment..sorry about that, carry on, nothing to see here..yet.
  13. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    There's lots to do here..plan on coming in a day or two earlier..you won't be disappointed! Register NOW! http://chicago2012.constantlychristmas.com/sponsors.php
  14. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    The White Elephant gift exchange was so much fun in 2010, we're doing it again this year at C3: What do you do to participate? Remember, this is voluntary..its not a must, but if you don't bring a gift, you don't get one. 1. Check through your stash of Christmas "stuff". Things that are in good shape or new, that you don't want, never used, or won't use. Your discard might just be perfect for someone else..then again, maybe not! 2. There is no minimum or maximum as to value..so if you want to, wrap up that spare controller you don't need.. or those boxes of c7 replacement bulbs.. 3. The White Elephant Gift needs to be wrapped, camouflaged, concealed..make it interesting. Go ahead, use that entire roll of tape on the 24x24x24 box with the c7s inside, we don't care..that's half the fun! Shopping bags, newspapers, towels, you name it.. watching people struggle to open their gifts can be fun! The idea is to keep people from guessing what is in the package and who its from. If the gift is gender specific, tag it and let everyone know. But no names.. 4. If you don't bring a gift, you won't get a gift..but you can watch the fun! 5. Gifts can be stolen, we encourage it, so be prepared..the gift you open just might be stolen by the next guest. A gift can be stolen twice..after that, it's pronounced dead and the person who has it at that point, keeps it. The gift cannot be stolen again once its dead. We hope you plan to participate. The WEG is a lot of fun, don't miss out. Start looking through your inventory..you just never know what you'll be bringing home.
  15. Carrie Sansing

    C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

    Some of what you'll get at C3, demonstrations, moderated discussion groups including: STRINGING A WIREFRAME - VAL PIECHUR, WI USING PIXELS - FABIAN GORDON, TX RGB/LOR3 - (OPEN DISCUSSION) SOLDERING, HANDS ON WORKSHOP - WILLIAM MORRIS, AZ USING THE LEDKEEPER AND LIGHTKEEPERPRO - JOHN DECOSMO, PRESIDENT OF ULTA LIT TREE CO., IL DISPLAY DESIGN - ART VS. TECHNOLOGY - CARRIE SANSING, IL ELECTRICITY - ERNIE HORNING, MN USING, SELECTING AND EDITING MUSIC - TIM FISHER, MN THOSE KITCHY PLASTIC THINGS - BLOW MOLDS! - TYLER SCALLY, VA THE GREAT FLOOD SHOOT-OUT - JERRY PLAK, CA / TIM HERBERGER, NY
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