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  • 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 webslinger

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday January 24

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Discovering 25 people outside my home singing Auld Lang Syne new years eve watching my display at midnight.
  • Location
    Sunnyvale, California, USA
  • Biography
    Somebody sent me "the" WiW YouTube link asking me if that was my house. As soon as I saw that I knew I had to have an animated light display. 2 weeks later by the end of November I had 32 channels of LOR. That was in 2007.
  • Interests
  • Occupation
    Manager, Web/Tech geek
  • About my display
  1. Bay Area

    Nice! good for you-congrats!
  2. Computer for LOR

    I use a MacMini and Parallels software running Windows 7. Have used that for years without issue. Before that I was on another MacMini running Windows XP via BootCamp. I've run LOR for 11-12 years this way and no hiccups* and no "real" windows box. I've only now started to come across an issue trying to configure first gen LOR PixelCon 16 boards via the Mac running Windows. I'm not convinced it a Mac / Ethernet issue based on what I've read about PixelCon 16 boards. I haven't had a chance to try and fully update the firmware on the LOR boards and dig deeper so I am not assigning blame yet.
  3. Inflatabe's for sale

    The bear still available?
  4. Bay Area

    I got some small tiny and small locks from OSH and just attach them to the tree, or a close object if possible. Keeps the mischief down from someone just walking away with them. I've done a display for 12 years or so and the only mischief has been someone unscrewing lights around the sidewalk. weird. Willow Glen eh? Owner if I ever rolled by. What street was it on? -Webslinger
  5. Lowes has 100ct incan lights for 56 cents each

    Our Lowes went 90% off. I got cases of mini incans coming in at .23 and .26 a string for 100 ct green wire and white wire. 10 cases for right at 30 bucks. Take that you plug eating and stealing squirrels.
  6. I can't find this anywhere. Anyone know where to find it or another similar Pug inflatable?
  7. 2015 After Christmas sales

    What store had the giant bulbs?
  8. 2015 After Christmas sales

    I agree. The last couple of years the BB stores around me were pretty much cleaned out by Christmas but they were way off this year. Well... I did my part to skew their buy rate for my local Lowes- hopefully they will "over buy" 2016 based on what a few of us did. I went back yesterday and picked up another 75 strings after my big buy. There were GE LEDs still there so I snagged a bunch. Story I got was my local store was remodeling so they put Holiday items in two places- customers did't know to look in both places ( I didn't) so they had a lot all this week. I haven't seen this much overage in years around me so I'm thrilled I scored.
  9. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Scored today! Be nice to the employees and they might go 75% off a few days early... ...Oh and that some may not go 90% vs stuffing it on skids and returning it back for their own store credit.
  10. Vendor Sales/Presales For 2016

    This is pretty helpful, thanks!
  11. Christmas Expo

    ...and a reasonable airport please. I attended my first Expo this year and that was due to it being reachable from Dallas Love field (Southwest Air). I'm sorry I can't remember/ recall if it was Pigeon Forge, but a few of these past ones were tough to swing logistically. If this is going to lean central/eastern please at least keep in mind us west coasters trying to get there affordably*. I also attended the LOR training before the Expo. ( * "affordably" leaves more funds for classes and products ;-) )
  12. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Thank you for the Lowes info. Does Lowes drop below 75% at some point?
  13. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Does anyone know if Lowes also does some sort of price adjustments? I'd hate to go in now @ 50% off and then not get a credit or adjustment because they're "seasonal".
  14. 2015 After Christmas sales

    When does Depot or Lowes normally shift to 75% off?
  15. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Michael's. 70% off all lights and decorations. They also carry GE lights along with house brands.