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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.

Stephen Blue

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About Stephen Blue

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    30 "mega trees" is normal, right?
  • Birthday 09/23/1984

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    So this one time, back when PC had the green forums... (I may not post much, but yes, I've been here THAT long.)
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    Deltaville, Virginia, USA
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    +/- 127,000 lights, static/animated hybrid walk-through display at 16598 General Puller Highway in Deltaville, VA. 38,000 Light LOR show controlled by 192 channels includes a 13,000 light 22' Mega Tree flanked by a quartet of 4,800 light 10' trees, and surrounded by 4 12-channel leaping arches.

    16 Channels of LOR DIO8RLY relays turns the remaining 35,000 static lights on and off at night, which include more than a dozen 10' PVC trees, a boat in a pond of lights, numerous characters, and more!

    16598 General Puller Highway, Deltaville, VA 23043

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  1. Silent site?

    I love the irony that the thread about the forums being quiet has become one of the "hottest" threads of late. Glad to see the activity - Now I feel like a bum for being all sour, haha Now here's to hoping I don't get put in the TOC for not being following the "positive" of the "3 rules" lol
  2. Yellow LED Light Comparison

    Does anyone have any experience with the color difference between yellow LED lights from various sealed LED vendors? I bought a case from CDI in their Black Friday sale, and don't get me wrong, they are fine lights, but they just are not the bright yellow I was anticipating. For perspective, I'm looking at replacing some of my Lowe's yellow incan's. Normally, LED's are brighter and more vivid than their incan counterparts; this is the first time I've had a color LED be deeper/more dull than the incan.
  3. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Yep, it was actually here on PC in December 2013 that I first saw drone footage of another display made by an early adopter (I forget who), and 3 months of research later I had one. Used it every year to photograph the display (among numerous other things!)
  4. Pics of anyone's display progress

    We didn't exactly get dumped on with snow, but we did get a little dusting
  5. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Seriously, those photos are Christmas Card-worthy. Beautiful tree/capture!
  6. Here Comes Santa Claus Why did Eddie stop eating squirrels?
  7. Silent site?

    Ah you were here back during the green boards too, eh? I was mostly a lurker, made an occasional post back then. Carrie actually runs one of the biggest/best blowmold FB groups, "Blow Mold Nation" as well as a sales/trade blow mold group as well. 2000+ members and a pretty steady flow of posts. Brad and Bill are both on there, though I don't see much of Bill (granted, I also don't do a ton on that group, as I'm not really a "blowmolder" - just a guy with a couple dozen molds in his display)
  8. Mr. Shirley (OK, I had to google his first name, Frank) What nationality are the 25,000 imported twinkle lights?
  9. Silent site?

    Yea the LOR forum seems to be pretty well participated in. http://forums.lightorama.com/ - It's very segmented into several different LOR categories, but also has a couple of generic decorating sub -forums as well. Most of my activity is now over on the Facebook Light-O-Rama Users group. There are some other more specific groups as well (a very active blowmold FB group exists that I'm a member of, and there's a number of other niche groups that are popular as well). I'd like to see this place make a "comeback" - there's so much achieved knowledge and history here, plus there's the cool fact that it's simply been around so freaking long! But I think it needs a fair amount of housecleaning as far as having waaaay too many sub-forums. Hey, YAY for an active thread! hahaha
  10. 1yr Old C9 LEDs Failing

    I installed HLE C9's for the first time last year as well (about 180 of them, also in red/white). 3 of the 180 failed between year 1 & year 2... not great, but not terrible - had spares. Hopefully doesn't get worse as the years go on - they're the best looking LED C9's I've found. If this pattern continues I can happily deal for as good as they look. I'll be pretty disappointed if they only last a few years.
  11. It's the light on the sewage treatment plant. What fixed Ruby Sue's crossed eyes?
  12. Silent site?

    I guess "near death" is just old crotchety me coming out (stop laughing Bill, I know I'm not old lol)... I suppose it hasn't changed much in the past few years, but the place is just a lot smaller than it used to be. Look at most any given part of the forum... a couple of active topics, posts. Perhaps it's just amplified by how segmented these forums have gotten with so many "sub-forums" and such - and the fact that so many people participate in the various Facebook groups now.. (But for kicks & giggles, just to confirm I wasn't just going mad, I looked at new thread counts on 3 of my more frequented forums: Trains & Movers, Mega Trees, and Lights Lights Lights! - You can see what I mean by the activity here being a fraction of what it once was. Here's to quality over quantity? ): Movers: 2017: 6 2016: 6 2015: 8 2014: 8 2013: 1 (wth?) 2012: 19 2011: 15 2010: 33 2009: 66 2008: 83 2007: 52 2006: 73 Mega Trees: 2017: 11 2016: 22 2015: 18 2014: 23 2013: 38 2012: 47 2011: 88 2010: 160 2009: 165 (Records don't go beyond 2008 in this forum) Lights! Lights! Lights! 2017: 59 2016: 75 2015: 74 2014: 40 2013: 54 2012: 110 2011: 165 2010: 250 2009: 465 2008: Over 1,000
  13. LOR Setup Time

    Depends on how complex you're trying to get. Actually setting up a basic LOR controller to turn lights on and off is pretty painless - maybe a few hours between hooking it up, setting up your show, etc if you don't hit any snags. There's a lot of pieces to setting up a show - First, you have to develop (or buy) the sequences. Then you have to insert the sequences into a show. Then you have to schedule the show in the schedule editor. But these are all easy tasks, just can't do one without the others. If you're not dealing with a lot of viewers with your lights right now, then maybe now is a good time to experiment with a single controller setup. Then you can get an idea for what you're going to need to do to "go big" - including whats involved with making your own sequences (IMO, pre-made sequences only get you so far - tend to be way too blinky-flashy for my taste). With a basic grasp of the essentials, adding on to "go big" gets a lot easier, and lets you get into buying during the spring/summer sales with confidence.
  14. PVC ferris wheel build!!!

    Love these pics. Hope to do something similar one day (5-10 year plan? haha). Looking forward to following!
  15. Silent site?

    The entire PlanetChristmas site is near death. :-\ I miss the good ole days on here... (On that note, how's everyone's 2017 display? Who's still working on a project they should have started months earlier? *raises hand*) This year our local county tourism department has been promoting my display as an area attraction. Visitors are up considerably! Fortunate to have had such good weather so far... looks like that will change at least part of this weekend