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  • 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.
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About homegrowncorals

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  • Birthday 10/13/1959

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    an old do it yourself person
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    to many to list
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  • About my display
    mr. christmas last year, 32 channels next year

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  1. Motorized Flying Santa

    Hello, I have seen this posted around other sites and like big ideas, after running an axworthy ghost rig with a flying witch for 3 years, i can say good luck with a lead sled. you can figure you will need some real poles put in the ground to support the weight, not a portable hole,or a pipe or other flimsy stuff, i use the trees i have on my lot to attach to. cable of sort for a fly wire 3/16 , 1/4 or something like that, a good geared motor at the right speed, it will take a good bit to move that much weight. old bike wheels make good main pulleys , you will need to add some guide pulleys at each of the main pulleys to handle the sag from the added weight.. the fly wire must be under a grate amount of tension for all this to work. Did you ever think of track on the ground like a train, and make a motor brick with a pole sticking out the top to fasten Santa and 9 blowmold reindeer too, that would also solve the power for the lights problem. and could be set up many where. a axworthy ghost rig is very cantankerous at best to keep it running. My half cent.
  2. Lights & Sounds of Christmas Problems

    The one I had a few years back had a problem of getting moisture in the volume control knobs, and had low volume because of it; I opened it up and cleaned and dried the volume pot and it was back in service. you need a small security toques bit to remove the screws to get in it.
  3. Any Alternatives To The Timer?

    I use a power post i built a relay into and just use one of my channels to trigger it on or off when i need to control a holiday spot. or just about any heavy load (motors, spots, and the like) would work for this to. not sure about Lor but in vixen i can even set whatever channels to stay on all night as well.
  4. Candy Dispenser From The Scrap Heap

    And some video of it working http://youtu.be/J96gFTICcxk
  5. Lights For Wreaths

    I used c-6s on a 5 foot one. 450 total, 150 of each color red, white, green. I used to use 600 mini's on it.
  6. with g scale trains you get what you pay for I gave up 375.00 25 years ago for a Christmas train set and still run it every Christmas. 550.00 for 1 Lionel engine 10 years ago. you can get a bachmann train set for cheep sometimes but I have found the quality not to be very good. there are some cheep ones on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-SCALE-GAUGE-TRIAN-SET-BY-BACHMANN-FAST-MAIL-NEW-YORK-CENTRAL-READY-TO-RUN-/201214470571?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2ed95129ab
  7. Inflatables That Don't Inflate Well

    still stands after dry and good to go, till it washes off after a few rains and needs to be reapplied.
  8. Seriously, "reef"? Are You Kidding Me?

    I see I need to find a new home and some where to hang out, I thought this place was here to share ideas on Christmas lights and decorating, not to correct some ones spelling. looks like there are to many school teachers here worried about spelling instead.
  9. Need Help! Soon As Possible.

    try liquid fabric softener mix 50/50 with water and apply with a spray bottle and rub around to wet the hole surface. look at this thread, it will need to be reapplied after a few rains, I have been doing this to that 8 foot snowman for 3 years and works better than any water repellent I have tried in the past.
  10. Inflatables That Don't Inflate Well

    For the ones that think 50/50 fabric softener and water wont work, here are some pictures of before and after, I took today wile setting it up. works better for me than camp dry, and smells good to.
  11. Inflatables That Don't Inflate Well

    I use a 50 50 mix, fabric softener and water and spray it on the inflatable wile blown up and rub it around . have done this to my 8 foot snowman the last 2 seasons it seams to fix it right up. the catch is you must reapply after it rains.
  12. Setting Up Virtual Santa Help!

    i just set up a projector for Halloween, and I'm using this 150 lux projector , http://www.ebay.com/itm/HD-Portable-MINI-Home-Theater-Multimedia-LED-Projector-1080P-AV-VGA-USB-SD-/201146230267?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item2ed53fe5fb#ht_4258wt_1108 doing a 95 inch projection on 2 windows. and it looks real good. I'm using frosted shower curtains for the rear projection screen. i found a few Halloween videos on you tube i used. and found these videos on you tube for Christmas. http://youtu.be/ka-08423miw http://youtu.be/GcnxQqAxd84
  13. When Is Everyone Gonna Start Putting Up Their Display?

    Sorry to here your so bitter and hurt Mr. Dean, been there, here is a little story. wife was diagnosed with breast cancer that caused a tumor in her head in August. since then brain surgery, radiation treatments and now chemo pills every other week for ever. well lets say this has changed our lives, Mad, hurt, bitter and more you bet right to my soul. But after giving it some thought, (lots of time for it in waiting rooms) the Truth is all the anger, bitterness and hurt didn't help my wife or me one bit, and life would be what I made of it. so I handed the hurt and bitter to the Lord to hold, he's better at that then I . today I do my best to make life as good as I can with the hand I was dealt, so now if my show is not what I had wanted it to be, that's OK Because the important thing is I still have a chance to share the spirit with my loved ones. I guess what I'm trying to say my friend is choose to hold on to your loved ones and not the hurt and bitter life is way to short. Butch. Ps. on topic I try to start setup 30 days before my show date.
  14. Need Help Ramping Power To 12V Water Pumps

    any pictures of the set up, or links to the parts you used, this info may be handy in a future prop build for some one.
  15. Our Hobby Is More Commercialized Than Before

    Yes it seems from looking about, with the lor group there are few sequences in the sharing bin. maybe its tied to the higher cost of the lor controllers, and the plug and play that most go for, makes it a ready made high dollar market place.. In the diy Renard/vixen community there seems to be more sequences in the sharing bin. might be the lower cost controllers and free software with more experimentation makes a more sporadic market place. with a large number of lower budget folks having fun, they just tend to share more i guess. I know the next new thing ,prop, sequence, i add to my show will be something i have created for little or no budget, with bits and pieces of junk and share all i can about it. not something picked up in a store or on line, Maybe a diyer thing, but i like to try new things.