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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 Obewan

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  • Birthday 07/03/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Once upon a time, about 2000 years ago ...
  • Location
    San Jose, CA, USA
  • Biography
    I'm an electrical engineer specializing in custom test systems and operations. My passions are God, my wife, kids, acrobatic gymnastics and Christmas light displays.
  • Interests
    Acrobatic Gymnastics, Ferroequineographer, Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Rocket Scientist
  • About my display
    2006 was our first year with an animated light display. We started out over our heads and just kept getting deeper every year.

    2006: 10,000 lights & 96 channels
    2007: 15,000 lights & 128 channels
    2008: 20,000 lights & 176 channels
    2009: 25,000 lights & 233 channels

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  1. Drinking eggnog from Wally World 'Marty the Moose' mugs. (Their destination in the first movie) What is playing on the TV as the family puts up the tree?
  2. Too high in cholesterol. What reference does the movie include to the first of the series?
  3. That's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. What music plays as the police storm the Griswolds' house?
  4. Yeah, I dug it out of the ground myself. If it wasn't the Christmas star, what was it?
  5. So who's going to the Expo?

    We'll be there (but no bells on, it's not our style). Been counting down the days for the last week and a half.
  6. Led Gumdrop Pathway Lights & String Lights

    We just saw these on display at Christmas Expo in Chicago, they looked very nice. See here for details and for ordering ... https://www.christmaslightshow.com/8-tall-gumdrop-sugar-coated-pathway-led-light-set-of-10-with-stakes.html
  7. Cross Question From A Newbie

    Hi "Sunshine" and welcome to PC. We built our cross out of wrapped PVC, and for double duty it's also the central pole for our mega-tree. For mounting, we place the pole over a small stake in the ground (so it doesn't shift), then we use guy wires to secure the top portion of the pole from tipping over. We used to use one of the green fence posts (http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-5-ft-Heavy-Duty-Steel-Green-Painted-T-Post-901174HD/204331914) without the upper guy wires, but it got to be too much to lift over the pole when we added the mega tree top and lights. Hope this helps.
  8. Seven Deadly Decorator Sins

    Thanks for the bump. I missed this the first time around and it's definitely an outstanding post.
  9. Who Has Started

    We did a Halloween dry-run last weekend, looked good. Trying to get motivated to finish this year's construction, but it's slow going doing the wiring right now. Christmas starts going up mid-November (top to bottom as Bill said).