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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.
  1. Your Attention Please!

    Check here for the latest announcements from management (at least they think it's important .).

    Want to talk about happenings in your state? Here's a place to focus!

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    Have something you think EVERYONE in the PlanetChristmas community needs to know about. Post it here.

    Christmas Expo

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    Our regular gathering of decorating fanatics.

  2. The Decorating Forums!

    Blow Molds

    103,125 posts

    Love blow molds? Use this forum to talk about anything blow mold related.

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    Indoor Christmas

    2,453 posts

    Christmas is so much more than just outdoor decorations. Join in the indoor fun, too!

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    Dreaming of a 25 foot tall reindeer on your roof this Christmas? Can't figure out how to keep him from blowing away? Wondering where to find anything 25 feet tall? Come join us!

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    Lights

    111,021 posts

    This is place to find out about various forms of lights available for your display!

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  3. Christmas Shows (computerized)

    Computerized Displays

    9,913 posts

    Using a computer to really make your display special? We're here to help!

    Think you can build your own stuff to computer control the lights? Know the difference between a triac and an SCR?

    Light-O-Rama World

    690 posts

    You can't hardly go wrong with a company that's been around for so long in the show control world. Here's where we focus anything Light-O-Rama related.

  4. The good old days

    Announcements

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    Got something you want to annouce to the world?

    Want some real movement in your display? Motors can be be an answer. SHare your thoughts here.

    Newbies!

    12,469 posts

    New to the PlanetChristmas community? Feel like you're over your head? Use this forum to talk with others that can get you grounded.

    Music of Christmas

    2,754 posts

    What's your favorite Christmas music?

    Ready to start flashing those lights just the way you want? Here's a generic place to talk about how to do it.

    Into pixel programming? xLight/Nutcracker is designed by decorating enthusiasts for decorating enthusiasts. Br careful, though. Pixel decorating can get complicated in a hurry but can be worth the effort.

    Here's the place to talk about your faith and how to show it in Christmas displays.

    Electrical Questions

    9,492 posts

    Don't know which phase your amp is in? How come my electric meter is spinning like a top? What's that burning smell? If you have an electrical question, this is the place to ask. This forum is for advice only. Consult a licensed electrician no matter what you do!.

    Storing your display items during the off season is a real challenge. Share your ideas here!

    You have a lot of time, effort and money invested in your over-the-top Christmas display. Here's a place to discuss the best methods for keepit it and your viewers out of trouble.

    For it is written we shall gain five pounds during the holidays... and love every bit of it! Share your favorite recipes here.

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    Way Off Topic!

    1,023 posts

    Want to talk about something that doesn't quite fit any of our other categories? Remember to keep things positive and family-friendly.

    Halloween Control

    3,684 posts

    Lights, sound and props need to be controlled in a Halloween display just like in a Christmas display. We think of Halloween as a warmup for the really big show in December.

    Best Practices

    2,819 posts

    Ever heard the line "Been there. Done that." ? Learn from the people that have already made the mistakes. Follow the best practices and save yourself some grief.

    Words of Wisdom

    2,770 posts

    Having a bad day? Down in the dumps? Need a little motivation? We've all been there. Here's the place to deposit those pearls of wisdom that can help others.

    In Search of...

    3,012 posts

    Need something? Try posting a request here.

    Neighbor Relations

    3,719 posts

    Big display? Irritated neighbors? Share your good neighbor ideas here!

    Confused by our chatroom? Don't feel alone. Post a question here and check back later.

    Heads Up!

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    Got some time sensitive info you want to share with others? This is the place. Post those special sales or anything else appropriate. When the sale expires, please PM 'moderator' and ask for your thread to be deleted.

    The Forums of PlanetChristmas have about a bazillion features to take advantage of while visiting. Found a good one others need to know about.? Share it here!

    Being Thankful

    1,290 posts

    It's easy to lose perspective in this chaotic world. Here's a place to ground yourself.

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    • Christmas Carl  »  LakeFranci

      Thanks for the follow, just followed you back. 
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    • Christmas Carl

      Happy Thanksgiving! Its a little early but i thought I would say it. Found some thanksgiving related blow molds.
       
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    • salamber

      How can I post albums?  I can't figure it out this year.
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    • Rich in Las Vegas  »  TED

      If you are willing to go to using a 12V LED and a converter, there is a simple and cheap conversion for lights that have the opening in the back.  I used a 4W 480 lumen chip-on-board LED intended for use as car dome light to convert my blow molds.  I just stick the COB on the circular plate and run it from a 12V converter.  You can hide the converter in the base of the blow mold or as I do run a bunch of the blow molds off one converter located in my garage.  The lines can be inexpensive speaker wire since it is low voltage and isolated from line current.  My local second hand stores have 12V converters from electronics goods for a dollar or less.  My penguin was missing the light cover so I made one from a can lid. 
      $.77 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/48-SMD-COB-LED-T10-4W-12V-White-Light-Car-Interior-Panel-Lights-Dome-Lamp-Bulb/391615546007?hash=item5b2e1b0297:g:iZwAAOSwSclXK-na&vxp=mtr 
      Santa using the same light.

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    • The Bull

      the bull is back for now glad to visit PC again wish I have more time to but you know how life goes hope everyone is enjoying the lights and the great pleasure of Christmas.
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