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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.

Hilliard Lights

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About Hilliard Lights

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  • Birthday March 25

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    http://www.HilliardLights.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Not a story, but history: Jesus birth
  • Location
    Hilliard, Florida
  • Biography
    Music & Engineering Geek...
  • Interests
    Music, Theatrical Arts, Multi-Media
  • Occupation
    Minister
  • About my display
    350 Channels and growing- we've rolled over to 95% LEE's with 100,000 lights.
  1. Member died-30 LOR boxes for Sale

    Just saw this and was shocked I met him a few years ago in Georgia. Didn't know they moved to Fernandina Beach. I live only 15 miles west. I Will be contacting her in the morning.
  2. Two gen three ctb-16

    Hilliard never got an email or message :-(
  3. Two gen three ctb-16

    Yes... the free shipping sold them! Hilliard Lights Email: [email protected]
  4. Anybody Else Thinking Of Or Ever Taken A Year Off?

    I've been feeling guilty but after promising my wife for 3 years that I would take a year off, I really think this is the year to take off a year. I started a new job in the Finance Office at my church and I know that between one budget change in September and another Budget change in January that my peak times will coincide with the show. I guess I'll take a hint and take the year off. I still want to do the show but I know it's not worth the grief from my family if I don't take a year off!
  5. Florida Mini 2014

    Thanks Michael for all your hard work- praying that I can make the date!
  6. 2 20' Tree's?

    Done- I used the Jump Pole that Walter designed. Also, I changed my Mega to CCB's- much lighter load! Loved the concept of the Jump Tree just hated the time spent cranking it up. Debating on changing back to a solid pole with wench because of the lighter load for next year...
  7. 2 20' Tree's?

    I wouldn't go with 1". I have seen that the standard pretty much is 1 1/4" Black Pipe. Strangely it seems there is a drastic jump for the strength from 1" up to 1 1/4". I had 1 1/4" with 10,000 lights - after the 3rd year it began bowing- even with guide wires.
  8. Any Pics Of Net Lights On Grass

    I do a small section for the manger scene- it's only 12x8 white & blue...
  9. 2013 Is In The Books.

    Now just wait a minute- just for some of our sanity. How many lights does your show have? Personally, I have over 70,000 and after working a full day I only have packed up maybe 7,000 or 8,000. But that does include lowering down my 25 ft. mega pole system.
  10. Security, Pro-Active Approach

    In five years happy to say that I've never had a problem with my display, however last week we had a 18/19 year old that got into my vehicles, threw trash bags around and then tried to pry open the 2 windows that I had cords coming out of- lucky those were locked down with 2x4's and locks. The good news- no damage to the display, but my cameras that are aimed at the display did pick up his face and the police have a warrant for his arrest!
  11. Jesus Wireframe

    Gorgeous!!!
  12. Anybody Else Have A Tough Year?

    YES!!! Work, family and church commitments delayed us getting our set-up going. I was already behind getting several items re-wired. We ended up replacing 2 sets of lights on all of our mini trees (45) with led- the incans were dying fast... We got the show running and kept adding elements for the first 4 nights. We added a video projection with a 8 x 16 screen- the winds kept pulling it down with different frames(it stayed down after pulling down 1 1/4 galvanized pipe! When we finished the season we all had the flu and we just now started working for 1-2 hours a night... some down a lot to go!
  13. Can we rewind back to June please?

  14. That is a good price for the controllers alone- I agree... Try putting this into the Classified section and you may get some more interest...
  15. Religious Christmas song help

    Sorry for chiming in late- but I used Go Fish's "It's About the Cross." I kept it short and sweet you can see the cut down version on my page- http://www.hilliardlights.com/Videos.php - it's number 11 over on page 2...
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