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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.

Chris Blount

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  1. This is new for 2016. It's kind of hard to see but there is video in the window from the movie "The Polar Express". Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  2. This video shows the setup and equipment used to run our Christmas Light Show. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  3. These are our Christmas Lights with the song Let It Go from Frozen. We added video to the upstairs window. I also re-sequenced the lights a bit to match the video. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  4. This is our Christmas Light Display for The House on Christmas Street. New for this year is video in the upstairs window. I've also placed a video window on the lower right of the screen so you can see it better. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  5. Com port 3

    Yep, like he said. The Auto Configure button should work. I had the same issue.
  6. Issue with video

    As a follow up. I changed the wallpaper to black and hid the icons. Seems to work great. I still get a bit of a flutter in between songs but it's not bad. Probably the best I can do at this point.
  7. Issue with video

    Thanks! Yeah, that was Plan B. I was thinking about trying a black screen on the desktop. I will give it a shot. I know what you mean about the computer. I had an old desktop sitting in a closet and works great for running the show. I did need to render the video in standard definition because the computer couldn't handle HD. No big deal. The projector up converts it back to HD anyway. Thanks again!
  8. Issue with video

    I have video in my show in full screen mode and the problem I'm having now is after each song, the desktop shows for half a second then it immediately goes back into full screen for the next video sequence. Any ideas on how to keep this from happening?
  9. I've had the CTB16PC for years and now and for some reason this year Channel 9 is not working. I checked all the connections and reset the box but still channel 9 will not work. Suppose the channel burned out? Any suggestions? Thanks.
  10. Here is a simple 24 channel version that might help you.
  11. Let It Go Disney Frozen

    Yep, I'm doing Let It Go this year. Already sequenced and ready to go. Can't wait to see how it looks once we have our lights up.
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