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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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Since my display is almost entirely LED, I'm using a "poor man's" slip ring to light up my carousel and ferris wheel. Pictures can be seen here: www.santatrain.com

It uses a 1/4" Phone plug & jack and has been tested on a drill press for well over 100,000 revolutions. See attached.

Train_SlipRing Model (1).pdf

Happy New Year to all.

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Looks like you've got a great setup going! Looking at the pictures and descriptions, it looks like you have several neat features which are animated. Also, in one of the top photos, it looks like your immediate neighbors decorate as well! Very cool!

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Hey azfrankp -

Your display looks like it would be a lot of fun to sit out in front of and watch for quite awhile. Nice job!

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did you build your ferris wheel if so do you have plans on it and what is it built out of pvc etc... thanks everything looks great and did you use a slip ring on the lights on that too

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