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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.

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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. Great job and you're smart for taking them down after one month. It's always a hit and miss on leaving them up for a year, especially if you get a lot of rain during the next year. I will say way back when I was using Incandescent and I could get them dirt cheap after Christmas, I did leave them up in my big Sycamore. They lasted for four years that way!
  2. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I've never seen the round bulb before. Do they have a base like the big light?
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    Pan Asian Creations

    Okay, that settles it. There's no way these are blow molds at that weight. It's actually snowing down here, some I'm staying inside!
  4. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I don't know if they'll be on there or not. When I was trying to find the blow mold lantern and bells this year, I had a Walmart manager look for them on line and he couldn't find them. So, they don't necessarily list everything on line, which seems pretty silly to me.
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    Pan Asian Creations

    Ya'll are going to make me leave the Christmas train wreck that is my yard this time of year and go check them out. DadGumIt!
  6. I agree that it is beautiful.
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    Restoring a mold.

    Outstanding job! What did you use to strip it?
  8. slankard

    Pan Asian Creations

    Those are really nice. Has anyone seen them at a Home Depot, or is is strictly online?
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    Pan Asian Creations

    Any place we could find pics, or would Home Depot online have them?
  10. That is stunning! How many lights do you have on it?
  11. You all remember a few years ago when I bought that strange yellow candle that had bells tied with bows engraved down the sides? I'd never seen anything like it and apparently neither had most PC'ers. Well, there's two of them currently listed on Ebay with about 2 hours left, so I guess they aren't that rare. Bummer.....
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    Lowes Home Improvement skimpy offering

    I have to admit that when I first started using the wire mesh frames years ago, I was doubtful as to their lasting very long. But this past summer I finally through away the first one I bought (the three penguins that spell out JOY). I had to fix the lights a few times, but with the exception of a few rips here and there, they held up for somewhere between 15 and 20 years.
  13. Started the middle of October, and I know I think this every year, but I'm going to get done early. Of course that won't happen, but it feels like it.
  14. slankard

    Icicle Lights with Green Cords

    I went by this morning and I never realized it, but they don't make icicle lights with green chords...at least not in any stores I've ever been in. Definitely agree with the others that I think you'll have to find them on line.
  15. slankard

    Icicle Lights with Green Cords

    Don't know for sure, but I'd guess Lowes or Home Depot should carry them. I'm going to Lowe's tonight, so I'll look.
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