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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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  1. New to Florida

    Welcome to the site.
  2. Silent site?

    I have to say that I don't think that it is limited to this forum, as some of the auto and boats boards that I frequent all seem down as well. I attribute it to mostly to many transitioning to phone for internet use as well as all of the social media sites/apps. I will say that here and the LOR forum were very helpful with going animated, DIY projects, recommendations, and of course the authorized vendors.
  3. After Christmas sales

    We have been buying from you every year during your sale and plan to do so again. Yep, started about 3-4yrs ago where basically the store was blown out on Black Friday weekend. Sometimes I feel bad for the people searching for lighting and props the first weekend of December only to have the look of "what are we going to do now". My understanding is that they do not restock after Thanksgiving.
  4. Light balls

    I took chicken wire formed it into a ball and then wrapped with 5mm wide angle LED's. I think that there is 4 strands each on these. 2017-12-05_06-36-49
  5. Carol of the Bells

    This is our second year using LOR and this is one of our 12 songs currently.
  6. Wow, that neighborhood has probably always looked forward to his display each year. Too bad the neighbors couldn't all pitch in with set up and take down too keep the show going.
  7. New to this Christmas obession

    The best way to start is to just jump in and start learning the software and sequence editor. Welcome to the madness.
  8. I looks very well thought out and set up with detail. I don't think that there is a need more, but have you tried green and red floods on the house?
  9. FM Transmitter suggestions

    Thanks, and yeah I am not sure why LOR would sell something that won't perform to their standards. Odd, but will make a change to the above recommended.
  10. FM Transmitter suggestions

    I was new to LOR last year with it being our first year animated. The FM transmitter that came with the showtime central package originally worked fine, but after a week barely pushed the signal to the homes next to us. Searching for different channels available didn't help. Thoughts or recommendations?
  11. My 2016 display

    Well done.
  12. HLE Pre order sale 2016

    Just put my order in with a few hours to go!!
  13. HLE Pre order sale 2016

    Are the sale prices reflected yet?
  14. 2015 Display Pics PLEASE

    This is our first year at this house, so did what I could. Limited use of grass area as they association maintains the turf. Just so happens that one of the lights is out over the garage in this picture too! C9 LED retro's in red/green. Next year will include: 2nd story roof line, 2nd story windows, mini trees, and LOR controllers.
  15. What do y'all think?

    Looks good and I did similar a few years back as well. If you reverse the bulbs and face them down, you will get double the effect as they will saturate/glow off the fascia.
  16. Hle Pre Season Sale 2014

    Just ordered a case of 100ct 5mm Warm Whites.
  17. Hle Pre Season Sale 2014

    What is a better option for wrapping mini trees and a large tree in my front yard, 5mm or M6? These will be within 5-20ft of the road as my yard is relatively small. Color will be warm white.
  18. There Is Something About Static Displays

    Unfortunately there are two large circular hedges on either side of my display that split each property.
  19. There Is Something About Static Displays

    Thanks for the replies. As far as the tree, I just don't like that it stops at the certain points but don't have the ability to really go higher or further out. I have made a couple of hanging ornaments for the patio out of chicken wire and mini lights, so I was planning on adding these to the tree next year. Yes, the ground items are the big change next year. I have already built a few mini trees this year (as practice) and will be adding 6-9 of these next year. I just don't know if I should buy the 5mm LED's or M6 mini's to wrap with.
  20. There Is Something About Static Displays

    I love static displays as well. I am at the point that I want to add a lot more......and make the jump to animation. I plan on using TSO and other Christmas songs too keep it relative to the Holiday. Here is my display this year. I took the plunge and bought C9 LED bulbs for my roof and perimeter lighting. The big tree wrapped takes away from the display, and I will do something different with it next year. I plan on adding mini trees and other items to the yard, as well as doubling the roof lighting.
  21. What A Steal I Got

    Congrats and awesome find!
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