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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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About bobsavenger

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Traditions with my family
  • Location
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Biography
    I've been an Engineer for 19 years with 3 different companies. Anywhere from Electronics to Plastics
  • Interests
    Cars, RC Cars, 3D printing,
  • Occupation
    Equipment Engineer II
  • About my display
    Starting out and looking for help
  1. Just added 2 more controllers to this years display. I've got most of my original display updated from 32 Channels to the new controllers. Now it's time to get a few more songs for this year. Looking for Run DMC Christmas in Hollis and some other Newer stuff. Not one of those for the traditional songs. Let me know what you have. Thanks a bunch and happy programming
  2. Our 5yr old Daughter came to me the other day and asked if I could make our Christmas lights dance to music. I told her it's possible but I have no idea where to start. I did a bunch of trolling around forums trying to understand what to do. So I think I'm looking for 1 or 2 16 channel controllers. I'm also looking for an FM modulator and the easiest software to use. If anyone has this stuff for sale or can offer up suggestions, I would appreciate it. I have a bunch of LED lights already so that will be what I'm starting with. Thank you in advance. Bob
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