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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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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  2. FM Transmitter Question

    Here in Canada so availability and cost is painful again. Does anyone have any suggestions or have used this one: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B00DOS8DKO/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508803909&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=home+fm+transmitter&dpPl=1&dpID=31BbZvIdCUL&ref=plSrch
  3. PVC Pipe designs ideas??

    I am new to the site and have jumped into the next phase of my Christmas light show. I went from Mr. Christmas light show to a LOR 16 channel setup for this year. I do this with my family every year and we build home made things for the yard. Last year we built 6 ft tall letters spelling "HO HO HO" with lights on them. This year we built a Ginger bread house out of PVC pipe wrapped in lights. The front door opens and closes and the kids picked out the lights and items. Still have some more to add. I am also working on a 6ft tall by 10 ft long American flag with ALOT of lights. What are some other fun ideas to build out of PVC pipe? This site has been so helpful!!! My wife thinks I am nuts cause i am building, reading and designing stuff for the past month and my lights start going up in two weeks....lol
  4. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    I just joined here a few months ago to learn more about LOR. I am in your same shoes this year as well. I just got my 16 channel LOR unit and been working on it for about a month. I was afraid that I would only have a few sequences this year but found out there are a TON of things on the internet for sequences, you may have to adjust them to your design. You may have to purchase the song from amazon but hey for $1.29 and a shared sequence is worth it and a good starting point. Currently I have around 25 completed sequences configures to my design. I hooked up my controller to my PC and tested the sequences and channel configurations. I also started building sequences for the trolls soundtrack as my kids requested it. It's fun to build it and then play the sequence.
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  6. What do you use for snow?

    This. Cannot be beat. I flock large areas, but a little imagination could see different ways to apply small areas of flock, like taping all but tiny area of screen so only small amount of flock comes out. There is a one hand operable battery sifter that might do more detail work after being taped down to desired volume, and be easier to manipulate with a free hand as well https://www.maxiaids.com/battery-operated-flour-sifter?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Maxi | Shopping (Nickle Bids)&utm_term=4580771600138774&utm_content=Nickle Bids
  7. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    This is America, land of the do what ever you want unit it's illegal or you live in a community with a Home Owners Association.
  8. selling several new and older airblowns, extra blowers, LED lights, some extra C& wires and sockets, stakes, etc on Ebay if anyone is interested. will try and add link soon
  9. Checking Strands

    I'll try mine again this year. Maybe I was doing something wrong. As for messing with light strands, I agree it can really be relaxing, especially if you've got a Charlie Chan movie playing on the You Tube.
  10. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    I second Big J's garage sale chords. I bet I've bought 30 of the six and nine foot chords this year, and haven't paid more than 50 cents for any of them.
  11. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    One big downside of Terre Haute. Our sale sites are terrible and then people have no clue on fair value. You got people out here selling used extension cords over retail new prices. Sad when you see people actually buying them too Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  12. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    I have hit garage sales, Craigslist, Letgo and OfferUp...big score there!!CHEAP!!
  13. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    no menards near us, wish there was. making your own is cheaper for sure, but seems I always need just a few more each year and run out of supplies,
  14. I always find that making your own is the cheapest... and the perfect length!
  15. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    Menards is the cheapest around us
  16. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    they did not have much of a selection of 50' and 100', only a couple of green 16 gauge25' I did not look at price since I did not need them. generally either Harbor Freight or Northern supply have had the best price around here on the 20' and 100'
  17. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    How are the 50 and 100 footers at Ollie's? I don't have one near me but have some family by one. I've just recently been looking for used ones on sites as I know I will need more (shocker) this year. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  18. Source for Cheap Extension Cords.

    How are the 50 and 100 footers at Ollie's? I don't have one near me but have some family by one. I've just recently been looking for used ones on sites as I know I will need more (shocker) this year. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  19. Checking Strands

    When I used incandescent lights, my Buzz-Box was invaluable!!!! Gathering dust now. I do use the LED light keeper for my LEDs. FYI - I have found nothing that works well with LED Net lights.
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    My wife loves Halloween so I get to do a little lighting for that too. Nothing worth counting but enough to get me warmed up for Christmas Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  21. Picked these up

    I did the same thing dchackert. Looks good at night
  22. stumbled across one of your post, as close as we are near Cartersville, I do hope to make it over to see your display this year,  we do a display in Kingston, between Cartersville and Rome

  23. If you are looking for cheap extension cords, I know I always am, here ae some we found. Ollies has a 9' brown indoor cord for $1.79, or has the 12 foot brown for $1.99 I used to buy a lot from Dollar Tree, both paid $1.00 for a 6' cord, same price I know, but these are brown which I prefer over the white, plus Ollies usually has a coupon floating around for 10-10% off.
  24. Checking Strands

    Haha BigJ. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. I have a lot of patience but not for checking strands right now Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  25. Checking Strands

    I gotta say, I have the patience to fiddle with broken starnds...it's almost relaxing , believe it or not I would take anyone's broken starnds, for free if they don't want them
  26. LED Light keeper pro is a godsend... once you get the hang of it, its super fast and easy to locate the bad bulb(s). It has saved me 5 strands so far this year, and I think 3 last year. I always recommend having at least 1 backup strand for each thing you have, that way mid-season replacement is quick and gives you time to fiddle with the busted strand while its not on a prop or on your house.
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    Nice! The pails in front are my favorite GFP faces for sure!
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