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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 urthegman

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 04/28/1964

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a Wonderful Life
  • Location
    Staten Island, New York
  • Biography
    Divorced,Retired Dad of a beautiful 10 year old daughter who is the apple of my eye.
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating, Bicycling, Weightlifting,Music
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    40,000 lights controlled with Animated Lighting controllers, Lightshow Pro and Wii Guitar and drums,42 inch outdoor TV,Rollercoaster,Ferris Wheel,Carousel,Carousel with Swings, Snoopy Plane,Two car garage diarama,25' lighted snowman,snowman ski-lift, 9 Reindeer on the roof with sled, 2-16 channel arches, Life size mechanical Nativity,Fm Transmitter, Christmas Village Window, 30 inch mechanical seven Dwarves and 4' snow white,Wireframes, Lighted Fencing,Too many animated figures of all kinds,Christmas sleigh,16 42" mini-trees, Apple store Santa and Elf.
  1. C9 LED Bulbs


    • For Sale
    • New

    Up for sale I offer my dimmable C9 LED replacement Christmas Light bulbs to swap out with the high energy burning incandescent bulbs in your display. I have a total of 257 available in Red, 245 in White and 300 in Green. Price is 80 cents a bulb plus shipping. Merry Christmas and may the spirit of Christmas stay with all of you all throughout the year!!!!


  2. Christmas ski-lift motor

    This advert is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
    • Used

    Up for sale I offer the motor that I used to make my Christmas ski-lift run. It was something that I had the idea that I wanted to do and wouldn't give up until I got it done, I only used it one year and would be more than happy to help you plan it out. You can get most of an idea how I did it from the pictures, but basically I used old bicycle rims attached to 3 platforms that I built, the first platform I had a 4x6 attached to support the weight of the motor, and on all three I attached the platform to black pipe with flat black pipe gaskets on the tops(if you cut the black pipe on an angle on the side that goes into the ground, it will go into the ground easier. It was necessary to add clothesline wheels to each side of the center platform so that I could tighten up the slack in the line because the lift was 50 feet in length. For the line I used approximately one half inch thick electrical wire from Home Depot and I attached the 12 snowmen with fishing line so they didn't affect the turning of the rims or clothesline wheels. Any further questions, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help out.


  3. 6 Foot Snowflakes

    This advert is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
    • New

    Up for Sale I have 20 of the MOST BEAUTIFUL Six Foot Snowflakes that you will ever see. The pictures and video will do them some justice, but if you see them in person you will be SOLD!!!! Reasonably priced at $100 each and located in Staten Island New York, they will make a wonderful addition to ANY display. In the video below, they are on my neighbors fence across the street. Each one has 684 LEDs and burn .42 amps.


  4. Reindeer spinning contraption


    • For Sale
    • New

    I am taking offers for the complete apparatus and motor that is spinning the blue LED reindeer and sled on the roof in this video. Hard to put a price on it without it actually being seen. I will try and add pictures of the motor and arms tomorrow. If the price is right I may sell the reindeer and sled additionally. Here is the video:


  5. Installing lights on new wireframes

    For multiple lights especially LED, I use a plastic bag. On incandescent I use electrical tape.
  6. First year synchronizing! 32 channels, LOR.

    Great work!!! I would double up your mini-trees for next year!!!!
  7. I definitely remember seeing an AL reindeer head on here, it was listed with a monster brain and controllers, not sure I can find it with the new format, but I will look.
  8. You will NOT be disappointed using the Lynx Express controllers. I've used both commercial controllers and built my own Lynx Express controllers and have to give the edge to the ones I built with the help of the talented folks over at http://diylightanimation.com. This will also help you learn how a controller works. If you DO decide to use a computer to run your show, you will need a dongle to help the computer talk to your controllers. Here's wishing you the best of luck whichever direction you choose to go!!!
  9. Controller Help Needed

    Is there power to the controllers when they stop working? I always liked to keep power to the controllers, one because they don't use that much electricity when not in use, two I felt with the always damp northeastern air, the warmth kept them dry and lastly the data lines were always intact. Most of the problems I had with Animated Lightings controllers were caused by bad 485 chips.
  10. I have a large bunch of Telco and other pieces listed on eBay right now if anyone is interested. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/281876120506?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  11. Issue with my AL equipment need some help

    Sent you a text, I'm thinking it's the 485 or communication chip on the controller, it is a small rectangular chip with 8 prongs on the bottom. swap it out and you should be good to go.
  12. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Thanks Darrid!!! You KNOW your Hamberger!!!! You too Sammy!!! Thanks for the text!!!
  13. 6 foot Snowflakes for sale

    Last chance to purchase these at a discounted price. I will be putting these on eBay at a higher price.
  14. Last chance to purchase these at a discounted price. I will be putting these on eBay at a higher price October 1st.