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  • 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.
  • 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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Weather is looking good and I was able to clear most of my weekend schedule.... maybe I will be done this weekend! Definitely will be able to get the roof done which is HUGE, since thats the one thing I don't want to do in the dark during the week. Hoping to make my annual unofficial start date of black friday

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Hadn't planned on doing a show again this year due to cash constraints. Then I got one of those "Casey Casem" PMed to me on the show's FB page. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stuff like that. So while the show won't be as large (just my yard instead of having it in two yards), and using sequences from the early days (2006-ish) it should satisfy the masses - at least a soon as I can find one of the two USB-RS485 dongles that have been misplaced. Shooting for a Saturday setup and going live that night - yeah, how many people have had anything like that go smoothly? LOL

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