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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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About JerryK

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  • Location
    Hartley, IA
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    baseball, motorcycles, video
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    High School Band Director
  • About my display
  1. Silent site?

    One big change has been Facebook. This site used to be flooded with posts. I have been on a long time. A lot of people I used to see on here everyday I hardly see anymore. I think with all the specialized Facebooks has made this site a little slower. People don't want to be checking all these places. They go to a specialized Facebook site, post a question, and within minutes get a response.
  2. Radio Automation

    Don't know where else to post this. In past years I have used Zara radio connected to my computer to broadcast Christmas music thru an FM transmitter. This year I will be using this transmitter to broadcast the show music. What I would like to do is still use Zara to broadcast Christmas music when the show isn't running. Does anyone have any suggestions how to do this? It doesn't have to be done with Zara. I want to broadcast music from my computer from 9:00 pm until 4:30 pm then show music from 4:30 to 9:00. I do not use my computer to run the show.
  3. How do you raise money for your show?

    I don't think I misread/interpreted what you meant. No where in your original post did you say you are putting out a box for charity.
  4. How do you raise money for your show?

    Do you expect people to contribute money to you to help you put on a show? Most people that collect money do it for a charity. Remember, this is a hobby. You need to find your own way to support your hobby. I would never ask for money from someone else for my show. If they did give me money I would donate it to my local food bank.
  5. I couldn't find that anywhere. When I went online it said free for orders over $45.00. Where do you sign up for Home Depot Pro?
  6. Cheap PVC

    OP, what kind of price are you looking for? I don't think it is really that expensive at the big 3 of Lowes, Home Depot, and Menards. Compared to what else is spent on this addiction, pvc is fairly cheap.
  7. Iso help with music box for lights

    I wonder if he is talking about the Mr. Christmas. If he is, he is really limited. I had one of these when they first came out.
  8. Outdoor speakers

    Use a Y adapter, 2 outputs from the stereo in to 1 output for the speaker. You can put the stereo speakers right next to each other.
  9. Annoyed

    My feeling is I don't judge people on what they do or don't do. If that's all they want to do, that's fine. If someone doesn't put any lights up, that's fine. That same person who just uses laser lights/star shower might think your lights aren't very good. Who are we to judge how much people get involved in this hobby. There are people who might hate these blinky light shows.
  10. Dumb RGB arch to Smart RGB arches

    Are these dumb or smart RGB's to begin with? If they are dumb then you can't. What do you mean to run as smart arches? What are you looking to accomplish? What are you using for equipment?
  11. Where is the manual?

    I would strongly suggest reading the above posted manual. Read it, think about it, read it again. Then ask the questions so you know what you are asking for. When you have a question you need to be specific. It helps to get better answers that way.
  12. Having problems with pictures on this site

    Odd, I have Windows 10. I use Chrome or Firefox, haven't tried it with Edge. The only time I had problems seeing pictures is if I wasn't logged into Planet Christmas.
  13. music software

    You can use Audacity, which is free to do this. Depending on if you are using a Windows or Mac. I do this on my Mac all the time. The easiest way is to run a splitter from your speaker output to your mic input. This way you can plug in an external speaker and still hear the audio. Did I mention Audacity is free. Make sure you download the mp3 plug in for it if you want to export to mp3.
  14. Glueing Ribbon Lights To Pvc - What Works?

    Zip tie it. I don't think any glue will hold it.