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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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About slankard

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  • Birthday 08/27/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter/retired teacher
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. Excellent job, and perfect Christmas song. ELP forever!
  2. slankard

    Yesteryear....

    Mel, rather than the whole book writing process, would it be easier to have a website with just the blow mold history...facts, pictures, etc.?
  3. slankard

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Mel, I feel your frustration, but I really do enjoy everything you post, as well as many of the others. If I don't reply on some of the topics, most of the time it's because I don't know anything...but that's why I enjoy reading yours: I learn things. I also agree with many that it is the dead time of year. Around Tulsa, there are no garage sales, estate sales....any sales! I believe around April things will pick up.
  4. slankard

    Plywood Santa

    If the wood is still solid, have you thought about sealing over all of it with some kind of polyurethane coating? I know it's now for everyone, but I kind of like my older items keeping a vintage look.
  5. slankard

    Christmas Expo 2018

    This is less than five hours from me (Tulsa), so I'm wondering if it would be worth the drive. I know nothing about LOR, Pixels, etc., and I'm not sure I ever will. Is there anything for traditional static displays, and if so, what types of classes have there been in the past?
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    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Sorry DD, it's been crazy around here. Some of the cut outs I've made, but the set of two carolers and the set of three carolers I bought at antique shops, along with the Christmas Shoppe sign and the Christmas Trees metal sign. I probably won't get a picture up, but I just bought three of the cutest girl carolers that look like they're from the 60's at a shop in Joplin two weeks ago. I use Wal Mart lights on the ground, and I'm amazed how they stand up to rain and snow. I just bought 5000 more this week. Sorry DD, it's been crazy around here. Some of the cut outs I've made, but the set of two carolers and the set of three carolers I bought at antique shops, along with the Christmas Shoppe sign and the Christmas Trees metal sign. I probably won't get a picture up, but I just bought three of the cutest girl carolers that look like they're from the 60's at a shop in Joplin two weeks ago. I use Wal Mart lights on the ground, and I'm amazed how they stand up to rain and snow. I just bought 5000 more this week.
  7. Merry Christmas and go (insert favorite college football team here)!!
  8. slankard

    Question about 1972 Empire Santa holding present

    Thank you so much. I thought I was losing my mind, because I see these constantly in antique shops and they all look mint, which is probably because they're from the late 90's.
  9. slankard

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Finally got video of this year's display. Even though my friend did an excellent job on the video, it's really long, so don't feel you've got to set through all of it. The second video is off of a local show, "Explore Tulsa". We start at the 14:12 mark.
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    My Christmas Lights

    Excellent job!
  11. I'm seeing a lot of the Empire Santa's holding presents that look very new. I noticed one had a 1972 mark on the back side, but it looked too new to be 45 years old. Did they change the year, or leave it the same even on the ones that were made in the late '90's?
  12. slankard

    To paint, or not to paint? Poll!

    I agree. Paint him.
  13. slankard

    Silent site?

    I think all we can do is to keep doing what most of us are already doing, and that is using every opportunity to guide people to PC. I can't count how many times I bring up PC when people ask me about my lights, whether it's at the antique shop buying a blow mold, or out front talking to passersby at night in front of my house. Just keep spreading the gospel...of Planet Christmas (the other would be fine as well!).
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    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Debbiedowner, how in the world do you get the video on your garage door? That is mesmerizing!
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