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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.

millh0use

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About millh0use

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  • Birthday 11/08/1979

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Kentucky
  • Biography
    IT guy from Kentucky, trying to put out a display that gets people excited and brightens their day.
  • Interests
    Mountain biking, grilling, camping, craft beer, Kentucky sports
  • Occupation
    IT
  • About my display
    Static light display of 15,000 lights with a bunch of homemade elements. We've been growing little by little over the past 10 years.

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  1. Can you give me more info about the led strips you used? I like the idea but don't want to get into a full blown pixel setup that needs a controller.
  2. 2016 Christmas display - 30,000 lights

    I haven't been to the site for about a year, but was thinking about your display when I logged back in today. Was hoping to see you are still active. You've improved your display every year that you've been posting here....keep up the great work!
  3. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Wow, I love the giant bulbs. Are those lit like a blowmold?
  4. video of RGB set up

    Great intro hotrod. It answered some basic questions I had with RGB.
  5. A lot of our static display has a "candy cane" look with alternating red/white lights. We wrap our arches and poles in the yard with this look. One of our preorder purchases this year will be new icicle lights for the roofline. Does anyone have pictures of alternating red/white icicle lights? I'm thinking of doing alternating sections of red and white but just not sure how it will look.
  6. I am adding a single driveway arch this year and am running into problems with stabilization...even after reading numerous threads and watching videos about the arches. I have rebar in the ground and 3 - 10' pieces of gray schedule 40 conduit. I know most people recommend schedule 80 but I couldn't find it in store at the last minute so went with 40 to try it out. I made arch sleeves and have 2200 lights total on the arch. Of course the added weight of the lights is causing the arch to heavily sag. I'm guessing I need to use guy wires to stabilize it, but just can't wrap my head around how they will work. I do not want to permanently attach anything to my house so am hoping I can just attach the wires to the arches and stake them into the ground. I have nylon string, but not sure that will be strong enough so went out and bought some galvanized braided wire (50ft) and some dog tie out stakes to secure it into the ground. My questions are, how do I secure the guy wires to the pvc, what angles will I need to use to stabilize the arch, will this even work with that much weight and schedule 40 conduit? Thanks for any suggestions or help!
  7. New Disney Coro Cutouts For This Year

    Nope, no lights for us this year. Our roof was just finished a few weeks ago and have been waiting on siding guys. Since it takes so much effort, and we weren't sure when the workers would be done, we just gave up on putting anything out this year. It hasn't even really felt like Christmas with no lights outside. We'll be back next year though!
  8. New Disney Coro Cutouts For This Year

    We drove by this weekend and were happy to see you had your display up. Because of the storms that came through back in October, we had been waiting on roofers/siding/etc so not a single light is out at our house this year. I'm curious, what are you using to hold the coro to your brick?
  9. While it may be more fair to have static vs static, LOR vs LOR, etc I don't think it would translate well to a tv show. This group may be in awe at watching four static displays but the general tv watching audience would likely see it as boring.
  10. Yep, I don't even plan to go animated but would have bought at least one of these at that price.
  11. Looking For Blow Molds?

    I'd like to find a reasonably priced reindeer crossing sign. Just don't want to pay the $70-80+shipping I'm seeing on ebay.
  12. Slow Fade Controller

    Thanks TED, they are full wave LEDs from one of the PC vendors so dimming should be good. Any idea what how slow the fade is on the slowest setting? I found a YouTube video of someone using it and it seemed to be about 10 seconds between fades but not sure if that was the slowest or not.
  13. Slow Fade Controller

    Thanks Scott. That may do the trick since I'm only doing two colors this year. I found a video of someone using that controller and it looks like you can slow it down enough to get a good slow fade.
  14. Slow Fade Controller

    I have a static display with no intention of going animated. However, I am planning to wrap a small tree in my yard this year with 1000-2000 lights/color and want to fade between colors. I want a slow fade rather than a flash so a standard 3-4 channel chase controller won't work. I've looked at the multi function controllers like this one - http://www.christmas-treasures.com/Lights/ColorChangeTwinkleCascadingandMulti-FunctionChristmasLights/8-Function-Light-Controller-3-Channel-WL-CONT-3-8F.htm - but the slow fade function is synchronized with all 3 channels rather than them fading between the channels. Also, I'm not sure if it would be able to handle 1500 or so LEDs per channel. Anyone have ideas on how I can achieve the slow fade I'm looking for? If I were going animated down the road, I would say that just buying a LOR controller would be the way to go but hate to spend the money to only use 2 channels.
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