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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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    Happily awaiting the Christmas. Completed decorating the house. Now need to buy gifts . I am happy to be accepted into the forum. Merry Christmas everyone
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    42 Blow Molds, over a dozen wire frames, 9,000 lights or so, all static.
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    An early Christmas present came in the mail today, the Empire spook stick and spook flash-lighted sets are now complete we were missing the pumpkin spook stick until today. These are from 1965 & 1966 and are shown in several newspaper Halloween ads from those two years. As I have said before they were called Maniac, pumpkin and skull spook sticks in the old Ben Franklin ads. The first picture is of the new arrivals and the second one is of the lighted set we have that I have posted in the past. We also have another Maniac and skull spook stick in the collection for a total of seven spook sticks now. Some of the duplicates might be used for trading in the future. Mel
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    This is my first year with lightorama and I'm already thinking of next year display here's what I got today from a lady that her husband used to do a light show for 4th of July Halloween and Xmas i guess he's not with her anymore I did not asked why but looks like he put a lot of time on the props especially on the flag he made on a table I had to take everything home might go back for the rat Halloween faces. I was too late for the controllers since she sold them on e-bay. She just told me to give her what I wanted i gave her $75 just on the extension alone is worth it.
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    Hi All! Been a lurker here for a while first post- love the community, lots of good tips, people, info etc! To start off we just bought the house a couple of years ago and our display has grown each year. My wife and I both love Christmas but last year we suffered a big loss, her father passed Christmas morning which is not easy. The lights are the one thing that brings her to a smile, so I vowed to make them bigger and brighter every year. Enough on that. Now that the display is done for this year, I am thinking of going to the Ceramic Color Led c9/7s from HLE and doing these t5s that he has for the vintage look. Any one using them in their display? I have a ton of 5mm multi LED's already but I took them down as quick as I put them up. The color just seemed so harsh, not warm like the classic Incans. Anyways, what is everyone's thoughts on the display, suggestions and opinions on going to color etc? I will add some better pics of the front island/display later tonight. Also my property doesn't have a lot of trees in the front(wish it did) I would light them all up! Side Note: I will finish the roof outline next year as well - I almost took a fall doing the main upper roof line. I learned my lesson and installed permanent roof anchors and bought a harness! Roof pitch isn't fun on this house. Last Year Tried the blow mold and ditched that cause of the fogging issue.
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    We have had these old incan holographic Snowflake pathway markers since 2003. We have 16 of them and hang them on the front of the house. With 16 channels they are sequenced to look like falling snowflakes, but the ican bulbs have been impossible to upkeep. They had 60 bulbs with 30 ea in a strand. We purchased all kinds of 3.5V bulbs online but it never fails....1 blows and smokes 30. Last year I was down to about half left at the end of the season and resolved to convert them to LED. They have a thin plastic holographic backing zip tied to wireframes. The bulb sockets were flared at the base to push into the thin plastic....but there was no way other than tons of hot glue to get the led sockets to stay in place and all the LED strands come in 50s or 70s. I was going to use thin coro and cutout a backing to hold the lights behind the holographic plastic and zip tie it to the back of the wireframe, but that still left me with a lot of soldering to add 5 bulbs a side to make 60. Then I found the 10mm coro and knew I had my solution. The 10mm is heavy enough that no wireframe is needed. I looked into holographic vinyl to stick to the front, but that left a lot more cutting/trimming to do. I ended up doing the same thing I did to my juggling snowman....Lots of clear satin spray and glitter! Designing my own this way also allowed me to layout the holes for 50 LED stands too. The came out really good and the glitter is actually more durable than I expected....we will see how long they hold up! Pattern....cut out with hand jig saw. add the clear spray and glitter. Iridescent and clear glitter. Lots of clear spray on top to seal it up. Sealed LEDs would have been better and easier....but I have 100s of strands of 50 count warm white Walmart LEDs that I have all throughout the display and I wanted em to match. The Walmart LEDs do have some color differences between batches so 1 snowflake is a little "warmer" on one side. The black item in the middle is my rectifier to convert the cheap half wave LEDs to full wave. Last year I had rectifier dongles plugged in at my controllers for my LED strands, but this seals it up nicely and removes 2x sources of water contamination in the plugs per snowflake. All lit up. Sorry, it was the best the camera would do.
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    Absolutely! The leap from darkness to light is gigantic. The difference between 5,000 lights and 500,000 not so much.
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    For me, quantity is pretty important. To a point. Nothing like driving down a street and seeing four houses in a row with at least one string of lights at the eaves, and then the house with nothing. Not even a tree in the window. It seems so dark. The leap from nothing to one string is a huge leap, the second stream adds, as does the third, but not so much. So the house with two strands is a major leap from the house with none, and I still love the house with hundreds, but the impact from dark to light is so much less. I ramble and am not good with words, but I hope I was able to share my point.
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    It is not about how many lights on our huge display, folks here all say OMG it's so beautiful, so elegant, so well done etc. etc. the reason for this is because our display is precisely placed, not thrown out there with no rhyme or reason or lined up like soldiers it is done in vignettes unlike so many simply hung up or tossed around and then light it up and done! oh no not at my house! and mostly they say thank you for this wonderful display we can come by nightly to see., and then of course many ask where do you store it all? We have so many taking videos and pics. and that's okay with us and yes we've been interviewed by our local paper (she came to our home) as well and she never asked how many lights not once, she did asked to take pics. and also if we'd pose in our display which of course I said no thanks. Also we do not just load everything in front of our home but rather all around all four sides and it can be seen from other streets as well. Our only problem is irresponsible parents not paying attention to their kids running amuck we have our front roped off, do they know why, apparently not! wires, wires and 500ft. of wire for our and lawn lights on our front lawn. had a kid just last night on our front lawn nearly gave us a heart attack, had to run out and tell the clueless mother to get her kid off the lawn. No damage done thank goodness. Today rope goes up the sides as well. Here's our display outside and inside if you have not seen it; Enjoy!
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    I've heard the same questions for years. How many lights? extension cords? how much is the electric bill and what must this cost? They are all just ways to convey the size and scale. It used to bother me, but what are people supposed to ask or say when they are taken aback by a big display?
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    i actually am surprised no one really ask what it cost to do the display itself. If only some knew, they'd crap bricks. I regretted being curious and making that total lol
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    We have almost as many blow molds as we have lights. I can tell you I have 53 extension cords, running just the soldiers.
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    I always get asked the question and I always reply, "I honestly don't know because to me, it's not how many lights you have, it's what you do with them."
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    I am only running 32 channels, I am don't even count my lights and I hear a lot of comments, saying wow that's cool. I even web streamed mine live this with these stats :Your stream was watched across 22 state regions in 116 cities with an approximate total of 217 viewers. I was in the local paper a few yrs ago, and they mostly mentioned that I was doing it in dedication to special needs children, which I kept emphasizing to the reporter. I don't have the skill set to do large displays, I know my limits and I keep to them. All I know that is my neighbors love them and so do my kids, that's good enough for me.
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    It sounds to me that the perfect answer to the question is simple: "I have the perfect number of lights to enhance the look of my display so that anyone that happens to stop by and enjoy looking at it will be perfectly pleased at what they see." Merry Christmas
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    How many are on here? I don't guage a display of how many lights are in it, only that it's done tastefully:) and from the heart:)
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