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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.

WhitePlainsNY

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About WhitePlainsNY

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  • Birthday 05/05/1963

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    http://www.nychristmaslights.com

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  • Location
    White Plains, NY
  • Biography
    LOR enthusiast
  • Interests
    LOR
  • Occupation
    Merchant services provider
  • About my display
    LOR 64 channels
  1. To Tell The Truth

    Will the real Santa please stand up.
  2. 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."
  3. Christmas Parody songs

    Cute although long. I wish they would publish their collection a little earlier to Christmas than they do. I'd like to incorporate their current collection in the same year.
  4. Gum Drop Driveway Lights... How to

    I used beach pails on the porch roof with a clear C9 under each. The gum drops on the porch railing are salad bowls also with a C9 under each. I routinely look at plastic goods and wonder, "What can these become?"
  5. My 2015 Display

    It looks so nice, I'm stealing your stream effect for next year.
  6. My UK 2015 display

    Looks great!
  7. Virtual Santa

    I keep him playing after Christmas, No one complains while they're taking pictures or video of him. When a few people have asked, I've told them that Santa was so distracted by the lights that he missed a few presents and had to come back.
  8. Outdoor projected images (not video) on a house

    There's just a little light coming from street lights but otherwise it's dark. His house in a light shade of yellow.
  9. Does anyone have any firsthand experience using a projection device to display images on the side of a house or garage door? I'm looking to display snowflakes on a neighbor's house. The side of his house cannot be safely decorated because his power service enters his house at an angle that you cannot setup a ladder on that side. I'd love the images to move. I've seen the laser devices that create points of light but I'm looking specifically for snowflakes. I've see a few ads after a Google search but none have a video showing them working in the real world. Thank you in advance! Chuck
  10. TV news segment on my show

    My show was on the TV news. Out of all of the sound bites I gave him, he picked the one I like the most. He was there for a while but didn't go into my backyard to see the rest of my display and also missed out on my Santa photo prop. Merry Christmas everyone!
  11. A handful of homeowners, including me, are in an article in The New York Times newspaper published on 12/20/2015.. The print edition and an online version, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/nyregion/christmas-lights-on-display-in-connecticut-and-westchester.html?smid=fb-share The best thing for me is that the photojournalist said he'll send me all of his pictures he took that evening and that I can use them on my website. The only condition is that I can't get them until two weeks after the article is published. I can wait that long for free, professionally shot pictures! Merry Christmas everyone! Chuck Barringer
  12. HELP! - I need ideas for my house - Trees block front view

    Be careful what you wish for. Hurricane Sandy knocked over the 100 year old tree in front of my house...onto my house.
  13. Hi! I'm Christmas songwriter Elizabeth Chan

    Welcome Elizabeth, My favorite Christmas movie is, "It's a Wonderful Life". I can't get through the movie without shedding a tear. Thanks for becoming a Planet Christmas member otherwise I wouldn't have known we were neighbors! I'm just a short, Metro North Harlem line trip up North. I listened to your songs on iTunes for the first time tonight and I'm definitely going to sequence, "Fa La La' for this year's show. Chuck aka WhitePlainsNY
  14. Looking for a new opener

    I use the Christmas Vacation as my opener and I have a projector but I don't use it for the opener. Instead I use my gingerbread family to act as the Griswald family members.
  15. My Nyc Christmas

    Awesome job! I love the big bulbs in the tree. Grab a ride on Metro North this Christmas to check out my show.
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