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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
    Every year waking and seeing the gifts. Always the favorite.
  • Location
    Riverview, Florida
  • Biography
    Father with wife and 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats.
  • Interests
    Family fun
  • Occupation
    Paramedic
  • About my display
    Animated and synchronized display with 16 channels of Light O Rama. Have a mega tree and tomato cage trees. Also bushes and figures. Adding a Holdman Star this year (2017).
  1. thinking of getting LOR but nervous

    I see it has been a while since this was posted but I can relate. I started LOR last year. I got the demo version and then went to YouTube and looked at videos. The most helpful I found was by a gentleman named John Storms. He runs a display called Listen To Our Lights. He posted a 4 or 5 part series which walks you through every step of the way to get you up and running. Very easy to follow. He has several other videos including a walk-through of his display. If you haven't taken the plunge yet or are still looking for additional information maybe take a swing by his videos on YouTube. I agree with the others her, once you get to that point where it "clicks" it become easy. It will always be labor intensive but it is a labor of love. Good luck to you!
  2. After Christmas sales

    Our Lowes didn't restock as they sold their Christmas decorations so when the normal sales started the day after Christmas there was virtually nothing at Lowes. I usually start at 6am on Dec 26th and I start with Walmarts. Folks can have Black Friday. I would rather fight the smaller crowds for the December 26th. Good luck to you. Merry Christmas!
  3. I followed a tutorial on Tom Holdman's Christmas site at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/. Click the "tutorials" link on the left side of the page. If you can't find it let me know and I will get you more information. I used my Halloween window projector to project the image onto plywood. Just copy and paste the image onto a SD card or USB drive. Traced it, cut it out, drilled it, painted it and attached the lights. I used 175 LED C7 lights. It was simple but time consuming. I took it up onto the roof in sections and reassembled up there. I am VERY happy I decided to to do this. Good luck to you if you choose to make one. You won't be sorry. Merry Christmas! Good for you! Always good to see when the word gets out about a display. Best of luck to you as you go to the next level. Merry Christmas!
  4. My Holdman Star

    All painted and lights attached. Put it on the roof today and it looks very cool.
  5. Getting ready to tie into my LOR sequences Monday. I added the Bethlehem (Holdman) Star to the roof this year. Turned out pretty sweet.
  6. My Holdman Star

    Thank you Also, I will be assigning 3 channels to the star for the show.
  7. My Holdman Star

    I used the technique from Holdman.com. Click on the Christmas link at the bottom and look for the tutorial. It came out to just under 6 feet tall. I used my cheap window projector with the image dropped onto a SD card. I haven't weighed it yet but I am estimating about 45lbs. I will secure it using four sandbags. I am using C7s for the lighting.
  8. My Holdman Star

    I badly wanted to include a Holdman (Bethlehem) Star in my LOR driven display this year. Here is the build and test process so far. Start painting tomorrow.
  9. Another Window Idea

    So I wanted to put my lights up onto my stucco-type exterior without drilling holes. I came up with this while picking up zipties for my display and thought I would share it. Using the ziptie clips that have a glue backing I am able to hang my window and door lights. My doors and windows have 2 sets of 25 count C9s on each and have been up for over 2 weeks in the Florida sun and so far they are holding fine. I will probably glue them into place after the holiday so they will be ready for next year. I ziptied the lights to the PVC framework which should make decorating next year a snap.
  10. Sng (stupid new guy)

    I switched from static to synchronized this year. I would say download the LOR software demo version first. You can make your sequences on it in the demo version. As the year passes stock up on SPT wire and vampire plugs and look for good deals on LOR controllers. I bought mine used on Craigslist. As for how big...it is all about channels. The more colors or individual items you want to control the more channels you will need. 32 channels (2 controllers) is a good start. Next year I hope to add a controller or two and add the ability to go all green, red, clear in my show. For help with the software look up John Storms on Youtube. His display is called Listen To Our Lights. John has a 4 or 5 part tutorial on Youtube and it walks you through the sequencing stuff step by step. His tutorials have been invaluable to me for my first year. For the transmitter I got a Signstek off Amazon. I attached a pic. Has been working just fine for me and can't beat the $50 pricetag. Good luck to you.
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