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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. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    According to my receipt the code is 082029044689
  2. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    Okay, Big J, I had to wait for my wife to get home to text you the pic. Yes, I really am that incompetent! Thanks for your help.
  3. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    Stuck with my back up computer right now and my son said it won't let me download pics. Sorry.
  4. slankard

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I threw away the receipt, but right above the bar code is 8206-44689. I plan on running out tonight and buying another one for my brother-in-law's birthday. The Walmart I bought the first one from only had two, so I don't know if they're stocking many.
  5. Walmart just started putting this year's Christmas out in Broken Arrow, and I bought a reindeer crossing blow mold. The top is very similar to the vintage one, except the reindeer image and words are stenciled on rather than carved out of plastic and attached to the round top. The base isn't exactly like the original, but it's similar. It's killing me that I can't post a picture, but I'm on my back up computer, which is older than dirt, and my son said it won't let him post pics. The plastic isn't the thick plastic used in the Lowe's blow molds, but rather the thinner, old fashioned kind. I think these just might fly off the shelf, so you might want to check out the Walmart near you. These are the closest things to the vintage blow mold styles I've seen in a while. The only draw back to me is the use of some LED light system. I think I'll probably drill a hole in the top as well as one in the stand and stick C-7's in them.
  6. slankard

    Menard's Christmas 2018

    You need to hurry and buy them all up so that in seven years you can stick them on EBAY for 10 times the price and mark 'vintage' on them! Okay, all kidding aside, I just noticed there's a Menards in Branson, which means I might be able to talk my wife into going as long as we go to a show in Branson. Soooo, does anyone know what the asking prices are on these blow molds?
  7. slankard

    Lowes 2018

    I bought the soldier and the candle last year, but not the candy cane. I wondering if anyone did, and what his/her impression was.
  8. slankard

    Santa tracking center using tv dish

    I completely forgot about that. I went back and looked at it again, and I think I might talk my brother-in-law into helping me try to build something like that. He's mechanical (takes hammer, beats side of boat motor ...Splash reference). I could use the real satellite dish just for decorations.
  9. slankard

    Santa tracking center using tv dish

    If you mess around with THE you tube (yes I am old) you can find a few examples. It seems like one of the family light display videos on youtube shows one. They're DIY jobs that really look like elves tracking Santa's progress. I still haven't given up on the idea, and my Father-in-law was complaining last week about a dish laying around their farm...Bingo!
  10. slankard

    Menard's Halloween 2018

    Those prices really seemed reasonable. Fort Smith is just a couple of hours away, so my wife and I might try a getaway one weekend. I'll probably try calling the stores to make sure they're still in stock before we take off because with my Mother-in-law's knee replacement Monday, we won't be going anywhere for about two weeks(hopefully).
  11. I think what I heard the most from the netflix group was, "I made all of this money and bought all of this stuff and I still wasn't happy." The difference is, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas stuff and I can't wait to put it out. It never disappoints or lets me down!
  12. slankard

    A few Halloween blow molds

    I hate to sound redundant, but I'd love to see all of your blow molds pictured on PC, although I suspect that would be a lot more difficult to do that most of us could imagine.
  13. slankard

    Fake trees outdoors?

    Check garage sales. I did find a 12 foot tree last winter at a garage sale and I paid 20 dollars. About anything a fancy, expensive prelit tree does, you can duplicate by buying the right lights from a store and adding them to a garage sale or thrift store find.
  14. slankard

    Fake trees outdoors?

    I've used several from Wall Mart for years and had no problem. I always bought the cheapest they had and avoided prelit kind because I assumed the light would go out anyway, they cost more, and I wanted to use my own lights. These were the branch by branch assembly, which were a pain. Lately, I've been buying the fold up kind I can find at most garage sales for 5 or 10 dollars. Since they're used at night, you can't really tell that they're cheap. Also, I have very little invested so I don't mind throwing them out and replacing them when necessary. I think last year I had 15 or so artificial trees outside. I think you can see them on Slankard light display on youtube.
  15. I'm watching a show on Netflix about minimalism, and I find myself wondering if this would apply in any way to all of my Christmas decorations, which now take up part of my shed, all of my attic, all of the shelves in my garage, all of my mother's storage shed, and a 10X20 storage rental. The one message the show seems to push is that people aren't happy with all of their stuff. But, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas. There are few things more relaxing than changing out lights on wire frames, or fixing light strings, or taping off blow molds at night while watching black and white mystery movies. And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who feels that way on this site. I know it brings joy to an awful lot of people at Christmas. I know I'm not a hoarder because if I don't use something, or haven't fixed it within a couple of seasons, I usually trash it. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with minimalists...it just got me wondering. I'm curious how you all view our addiction?
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