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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
    The birth of Jesus our Savior as found in Luke, Chapter 2.
  • Location
    Cypress, TX
  • Biography
    I enjoy having a Christmas lightshow.
  • Interests
    Music, Sports
  • Occupation
    retired
  • About my display
    A combination of LED and RGB lights. Main emphasis is not on fictitional Christmas characters, but on the real birth of Jesus and the manger, star, shepherds, etc.

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  1. Academy 2017 and Future Announcement

    I have attended this event for the last two summers, and was one of the first to register for this year's event, back in October of 2016. I am very sad to see this event be canceled for this weekend. If it wasn't for a friend who clued me in, I would have been there in Waxahachie this morning knocking on the door of the convention center wondering what happened. Even though the numbers have been down from previous years, there still was a great amount of interest from what I have experienced the last two summers. People really enjoy getting together, learning, and discussing. I do not understand the reasoning for the cancellation. I commend the guys that headed this up: they have done an outstanding job over the years, but perhaps all the effort involved in putting it on proved to be overwhelming from year-to-year. Just know, I have appreciated and admired you guys. Because of your efforts, I have gone from nothing to a very awesome Christmas display in my Texas community.
  2. I know these postings were from 2009, but I will give you my 2017 version. Last Christmas, 2016, three of my faith based songs were, "what a glorious night", (Sidewalk Prophets); " when love was born" (Mark Schulz); & "light of Christmas" (Toby Mac/Owl City). All great songs. You can catch my videos of the songs by going to YouTube and searching, "NJ's Texas Christmas Lights". I know these postings were from 2009, but I will give you my 2017 version. Last Christmas, 2016, three of my faith based songs were, "what a glorious night", (Sidewalk Prophets); " when love was born" (Mark Schulz); & "light of Christmas" (Toby Mac/Owl City). All great songs. You can catch my videos of the songs by going to YouTube and searching, "NJ's Texas Christmas Lights".
  3. How are LED G12 (berry light) strings wired? Is it possible to cut the strings so you have just the lights you need for a Christmas project? I am trying to make two custom lighted wreaths (green G12) with bows (red G12) for the sides of my house, but I do not want to use all the lights on the strings I have. Can these be shortened and if so, how? Each wreath/bow will utilize four different Light-O-Rama channels.
  4. LOR 102 Class

    Thanks for asking, Scooter. I will be attending the Christmas Expo and your class. This is my first year working with LOR. I started with purchasing five of the YOU CAN MODIFY sequences, and have now made them my own by adding my specific Channel configuration and modifiying the sequences to fit my situation. Now as I begin to make Musical Sequences on my own, I would like help in knowing which effects bring out the best in my specific light groups. I have studied the purchased sequences so I know HOW to sequence, and I know how the timing grids work and how to fade up and down. I am a music professional so I know how the music works. Now I'd like to take specific sets of lights (rooflines, bushes, borders, etc.) and discover which types of sequence effects work best for each group. In addition to sequencing for synchronized songs, I would also like to know how to best do Animation Sequences. Part of my Christmas show will be the synchronized stuff, but another part will be light animations with non-synchronized Christmas music in the background. Do you have any ideas on how to make that most eye appealing also? For this part of my show, I do not need fast fades and off-on's, but generally slower effects so people driving by my home and NOT watching for fifteen minutes, but just driving by, feel relaxed, not jerked around by lights that are going crazy. I'll leave THAT to the synchronized sequences (Musical Sequences).
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