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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.


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mwalz last won the day on November 16

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About mwalz

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  • Birthday 08/01/1997

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I would always go to Santas Magical Kingdom in Jellystone Park in Eureka MO with my family, according to them, that is what started my love for Christmas lights. I always try to make every Christmas something to remember for everyone.
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    Besides Christmas lights i do Halloween but not very big. Love Christmas decorating!
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  • About my display
    For 2016, about 30,000 lights. A static display, but in a way I like that better.

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  1. The Cost of Large Displays

    I hear ya, I love seeing everyone enjoy the display, mostly of why I do it. Lol, I try not and think about the cost, I think about the end result. Which i hope to spectacular. And it's not that it isn't fun, it just seems to be a never ending train of I need to add this or I need to add that or it would be awesome if I did that. I love putting up the display and taking down isn't all that bad. I love the after Christmas sales too. I'm lucky to get LEDs 50% off around here because they are mostly bought up at 25% off.
  2. Need help between LED light sets

    I snip off the ends only if I have to. And only for short runs nothing that carries any large amount of electric load.
  3. Sequences need

    Glad to help out!
  4. Rope light ideas?

    Old post but saw it finally lol. Big J I made that from pvc pipe
  5. The Cost of Large Displays

    I hear you guys, I would love to skip Halloween but we get over 300 trick or treaters and I really enjoy Halloween night with everything. Next year is definitely time to figure out how to simplify setup at the very least. This year I had to re-do a ton of stuff for the display and that really made things hard. Thankfully I didn't have to buy a lot of new lights like I usually do. You guys keep me sain
  6. I have the light show section on the house turned off in this pic, and I have a few other items up that are not plugged in. Hopefully by Thanksgiving!
  7. I'm hoping today an tomorrow to get some stuff done. I'm gonna have to suck it up and work in the dark for a while.
  8. Roof top display

    I used wood 2x12's cut to the roof pitch or close to it, the back side has extra supports and all 4 pieces have a total of 5 or 6, 50lb sand bags I think. The frames and sand bags are black, you can see them but not really all that much. Daytime is a different story.
  9. I'm so far behind schedule. 2 Weeks til light up and so much left. Work is the only thing that's in my way
  10. I understand that but then all my timings would be off and I'd have to re do the whole song. I was hoping for a way to do it within the program itself
  11. Anyone else behind?

    As usual I'm running behind on everything. Anyone else in the same position? I' hoping for the weekend after Thanksgiving for official turn on, only 2 weeks away 30k lights and a ton of small stuff left. All my mega trees aren't even up and none have lights on them. Not stressing, just hoping to get everything done that I want. Rant over.
  12. Good point, between songs I'm going to leave the lights on for 15 seconds or so anyway.
  13. Is there a way to trim off the silence at the beginning of a sequence? I know you can shorten or lengthen the overall length, but one song has 3 seconds of silence at the beginning and it's driving me crazy. I should have trimmed the sound file before hand but too late for that now.
  14. Newby

    I have 12 minutes worth of 16 channel sequences. Pm me and I'll send them to you with sound files. As far as making them work for your display, set up your visualizer and arrange the channels and colors accordingly. Make the sequences work for your display. Meaning if channel 1 in the bought sequence is a roof line, and channel 3 of your layout is a roof line, you need to go the the channel configuration settings under the tools tab in LOR software.
  15. How do you raise money for your show?

    I remember seeing a guy on T.V years who had a $700/month electric bill for his Christmas display. He but out a donation box to help pay the electric bill. A lot of people helped him out but he was also retired and older.