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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.

Paul Johnson

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About Paul Johnson

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I do not have a favorite Christmas story at this time.
  • Location
    Del City, OK
  • Biography
    Self proclaimed DIY master. Willing to try most anything, smart enough to ask if I do not know. UPDATE: Many things I do not even know what I don't know.
  • Interests
    firearms, computers. If one does not work I use the other.
  • Occupation
    Jet Engine Mechanic
  • About my display
    4 singing trees. 3- 8ft. municipal candles. 13 ft. Mini tree. 80 channels and growing. 37 songs and an FM transmitter.

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  1. help with 15 foot tree

    Here is my 2 cents..... I went to Lowes and got a 20 foot 1.5" gas pipe. Welded a fitting to a 15 x 15 inch 1/4" thick plate of steel. Thread it into the base. I have all of my lights zip tied to their diagonal support wires and the spiral lights zip tied to all of that. The lights are then zip tied to the hook head, again threaded on so help is needed at that point to turn everything. The star on top again threaded on. Then stand it up. Help is good to keep the lights away from your feet but the whole event is about 45 minutes. coming down is easier..... then it all goes into a 2x8 box I built with 1/2" top and bottom to store for the summer.
  2. Guide Wire Size

    I have been using 3mm from harbor freight. no coating just wire. not noticeable at night. and I am only 45 feet off of the street. https://www.harborfreight.com/100-ft-x-3mm-aircraft-grade-wire-rope-61784.html
  3. FM Transmitter suggestions

    I have had a Fail Safe transmitter for 3 years with no problems. Not sure what model, just .5 watt. MOST of the transmitters look exactly alike just different colors. probably one company in China makes them. Mine with just the included telescopic antenna goes almost 1/2 mile down the block each way on low power.
  4. Another noob in the mix

    Hey LenSolo Welcome to the crazy world of blinky flashy. You were asking earlier about "non standard" versions of song sequences. My suggestion is to first check out www.Holidaysequences.com and www.holidaycoro.com as well as signing up on the www.lightorama.com site. The first 2 have sequences for purchase and so does lightorama but the forum section of lightorama has a sharing section, PlanetChristmas also has a sharing section. Again welcome and do not hesitate to post a question. Everyone (me included) is new to this. Some just newer than others.
  5. I think I have caught the CLAP

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