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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Creating a new memory every year!
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    Bucks County, PA
  • Biography
    I have always been fascinated with Christmas lights and thought its a great way to spread joy to your community.
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    Engineer
  • About my display
    Nothing but an effort of love and patience

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  1. @MrMatt Do you have video of your tree? You have 12 individual sections, no mirror right? I am thinking 4 channels would be 8 sections...
  2. This could turn into a long post, so buckle up. (TL-DR at the bottom) Is it too soon to start planning next year? Looking for some help / ideas from the creative minds and guru's on here. Posted photos of my current layout (2 different years which is why there is a slight variation). Currently at 32 channels, jumping to 48 next year. I hate the net-light wall I created this year, so those are going on the roof next year and attaching to my current roof outline thus freeing up that whole side of my yard. Thinking about putting up two 10ft mega trees with 8 channels each over there (aka new box completely full). Thoughts? Maybe only do 4 channels each and have them "mirror", so still 8 sections per tree but the two opposite each other light up at the same time. Leaving me 8 unused channels, but what to do with them? Looking for relatively inexpensive ideas as the new controller box and all the mega tree lights are basically maxing my budget already. Could leave them blank for future expansion, maybe add a few smaller arches?. The huge tree in the middle of my yard is a problem (and no I cannot cut it down. I love the tree, its the biggest in my neighborhood, easily 4 stories tall and 8-10ft diameter trunk) Planned layout in terms of channels.... I know I have broken the cardinal rule of planning things in 4's. I could blow the whole thing up if you guys think it makes a HUGE difference. If I am going to destroy my layout I would rather do it now, than have to do it as I add more boxes and get to 64 or 80 channels. There are a few ideas I have to make it more into "4s"..... Basically looking for ideas to make my show better, brighter and bigger! without "breakering the banker" TL:DR- What would you do with my yard? and layout
  3. Well I am certainly feeling the pressure now... good thing I only have a handful of things to put out. The wife and I have always discussed having a big "Illumination" party on the first weekend the show goes live, so the weekend after Thanksgiving. In the past we have invited immediate family and a few cousins who have younger kids (so like 10-12 people tops), now its close to 30 people. The plan is to have hot chocolate and cookies in the driveway, with a big countdown to flipping the switch. I always get nervous that the show isn't big enough or cool enough for something like this since its small compared to most people on here (32 channels, somewhere in the 3k-5k lights (I don't keep an official count)). Has anyone done anything like this? Any tips or tricks? Anyone else struggle with the "its not good enough's"?
  4. Thanks Matt! Just registered our show and pushed out to our fans.
  5. Had a chance to light it all up last night! Already planning a mega tree for next year and adding more lights to the blue tree (aka buying a new controller and its already filled). Let me know what you all think! sorry for the blurry photos, LEDs are just so bright and it was cold out lol . The multi-tree is PVC and "spirals" - 6 strings of 50ft dome light, 25 feet to each "side" for a total of 12 strings down the tree. The blue tree is new this year- so let me know what you think! no fancy tricks here just blinks to the music Arch is 30ft pvc, 8 sections and of course is leaps! 2 lights poles are each 5 sections so they can dance to the music too. didn't get a good photo of just the 5 mini trees and the net light wall. Far right of the whole display photo. Net lights were supposed to go on the roof but my idea didn't work out so I made a giant 16X 10 ft need and hung it between two trees. Only thing missing is our blowmolds (manager display and a santa), our tune-to radio station sign and our donation box (100% FOR CHARITY).Those will all go out later this week or on Friday before the big reveal.
  6. We light up the day after Thanksgiving every year. Glad to say I will meet that deadline again this year as I was behind there for awhile. Just have some final touches to do this week and put out a few things.
  7. Weather is looking good and I was able to clear most of my weekend schedule.... maybe I will be done this weekend! Definitely will be able to get the roof done which is HUGE, since thats the one thing I don't want to do in the dark during the week. Hoping to make my annual unofficial start date of black friday
  8. I just started wrapping our spiral tree last night.... its going to eat up my whole week after work and probably a good bit of the weekend. 8 foot tree with six 50ft strands, split 25 feet to "each side".... if it didn't look so awesome .....
  9. I call these the "light poles". Got them wrapped up and out over the weekend. Its basically a U made out of wood that slides over our porch pillars. All the screws that hold the lights are on the back of the U (not in my house! YAY!) and no wasted lights on the side facing the door. Each one has 5 sections so they can dance to the music.
  10. Misery loves company lol .... glad I am not the only one! I got a few things outside this weekend (great feeling) and all my mini-trees wrapped, waiting in the garage to be carried out. Leaves are killing me because I have ton still up on the trees. I hate having to try to work around light trees and extension cords when trying to clean them up. regardless I am putting them out this weekend. If the weather holds out I plan to get on the roof to do those lights too. Also trying to build a few things to make the display cleaner....
  11. Surprised I am the one starting this topic this year... title says it all! Behind my self imposed schedule... super cold weather and possible rain over the next two weeks will really kill me. Guess I need to kick it into high gear! Anybody else?
  12. Expensive.... that's certainly an understatement lol. I feel you mwalz, but like the other folks have said... no need to stress yourself or your wallet, people will enjoy it regardless of if you add more and more and more every single year. I generally try to stick to a 2 year cycle. So year 1 is purchase all the new things, year 2 is make them simpler/ easier to manage, back to year 1 where I add. And don't even try to think about the real cost if you factor in time.... I did it once for giggles, took my hourly pay at work X the estimated hours I spend on programming, building props/elements, shopping for lights, putting the lights up/down. And just another thing in your post, by RGB you mean pixel lights right? (I still get the two confused, I think?) They have some hidden costs, especially if you start to go animated with them. I think there is a good article about them in one of the magazines this site posts. They are power hogs and the hardware to control them is not an improvement in cost over standard LOR. Just another thought, maybe dedicate yourself to 1 holiday and just let the other ride. For example I do VERY little for Halloween other than put out a few scarecrows and some blow molds. The only time we get new Halloween stuff is when its SUPER cheap in the store or if we find it at a yard sale. That way I can focus on the Christmas stuff, both in terms of time and money.
  13. have you checked on the LOR forums? they have a sequence sharing section, facebook has a ton of sequence sharing groups as well. If I had one, I would give it to you because this is a great cause..... good luck!
  14. Totally confusing post at first.... but I think you are looking for suggestions for both how to raise money for a charity AND how you can personally go make some dough to spend on your hobby. 1. Totally support collecting for charity, as long as you are actually donating ALL THE MONEY. If you plan to keep any of it, you need to make that 100% clear to the people seeing the show. Make sure you clearly state in your voiceover (if you have one) or on your sign that ___% (hopefully 100%!) is donated to charity X and you actually do it. Quickest way to stop people from coming ever again is if they find out you are scamming them (its probably also illegal). NOT SAYING YOU ARE, but just reminding you of good communication habits! 2. Use this hobby to make money. I fund my personal show by helping others put their own show or lights up. Specifically I help one local church program their show, set up the lights and take them down. I make enough from that one job that if I wanted to I could buy a new LOR box every year and almost enough lights to fill all the channels, but seeing as how I have a family I don't (kids/wife Christmas presents are expensive lol). Don't think its easy money either. You may need to advertise, get insurance, get a contract to clearly state the work you are doing, pay taxes on what you make, etc... I personally have insurance that covers me being on a ladder and working with electrical services, its about $1500... so you need to make that plus more to turn a profit. 3. Depending on how old you are, I suggest looking at UPS, FedEx or another delivery service, they hire a ton of seasonal help this time of year and pay really well for it. Again you will work hard, but get more than enough to fund your hobby. Plus it looks good on college/ first job resumes 4. Leaf removal- knock on neighbors doors, ask if they want their leaves done. You can even hand our flyers about your show as you knock on doors, they will learn about your show and know you are using the money for something the community enjoys!
  15. find a way to weigh them down or maybe you can build platforms out of shipping skids. then you just have to mount your stuff of on the platforms which you easily take on and off.
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