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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.

Andy Anderson

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  1. Grinch cut outs

    Good work.
  2. 50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    Great work.
  3. Glass Lantern Christmas Snow Scene #1

    That is good work.
  4. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    The 10th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, June 10. Matthew Satterwhite has graciously offered to host the mini again this year. The location will be Hanover Academy located at 115 Frances Road in Ashland, VA 23005. Hanover Academy is just off I95 in Ashland which is on the north side of Richmond. The minis are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiasts to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet other with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. We want to allow time for everyone attending to introduce themselves and tell us about their favorite display element. We want to give you a heads up so you can prepare to either bring the element or take pictures or videos of it and describe the details of how you built it and how it works. This could take some time, but we'll all learn so much more! Anything from your display that you would like to share with the group. Talk about why it is special to you, or why you made it, how you made it or anything you want to share about it. There is always a story to tell. We will provide drinks. Like last year we are asking everyone to bring some food to share with the group for lunch. Cost will be $5 per person to pay for use of the building. We will start with a meet and greet about 11:00 AM, with lunch at noon. Then start the mini at 1:00 PM and be over by 4:00 PM Matthew & I look forward to seeing everyone.
  5. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Val at Christmas LEDs has also contributed a nice door prize for our mini. Matthew & I will be there at about 10 if anyone wants to come early and help set up.
  6. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Al Thompson is planning on attending the mini and will be talking about his experiences on the Great Christmas Light Fight.
  7. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Just two weeks until the mini. We will have a table set up for anyone wanting to sell something. If you have something you are not using go ahead and bring it to sell or trade or whatever. This is your mini. What ever you want Matthew and I will try to accommodate. The attendees are the ones who make the mini successful. Matthew and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year at the mini.
  8. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    We have also received a nice door prize from Christmas Done Bright. Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.
  9. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    We have two sponsors of the mini so far. Thank you to Light O Rama and 3G Lighting Creations for contributing some door prizes.
  10. Show a picture of your nativity

    My nativity scene.
  11. Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene

    That is a great nativity scene.
  12. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    A "yard sale" feature sounds good. We can dedicate a table or more if enough items are brought for sale. I am sure a lot of attendees have stuff they are not using and would like to sell to get more money to buy other Christmas items.
  13. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Yes, we would welcome that. With all the experience we have in attendance we should be able to get most questions answered. Any volunteers?
  14. Building of a Christmas Village in 2016

    Nice tutorial and great looking village.
  15. Modest 2016 Display

    For a 9 foot sleigh you need to use 3/4 inch plywood. The 1/2 inch will not have enough stability for that large of a cutout.
  16. Light Fight

    No, but they have a FB page Christmas on Wendhurst.
  17. A few homemades

    Great work.
  18. LOR CCR Purchased Sequences - How to get them to work

    To elaborate a little bit on Takoda's response. For Holidaysequences sequences your CCRs will need to start at address 02 and go up for 12 addresses stopping at 0D. The star will be on controller 01. You will also need Gen 3 controller for the star.
  19. 2016 Light Fight

    Al Thompson from Richmond, VA will be on the first episode on Dec 5. You will see the same display that he has had for a number of years. He has over 1,200 hand made plywood cutouts. He has one of the top displays in Richmond. He goes all out with his display.
  20. Grinch Cutout

    Just do a search on Grinch coloring pages.
  21. Halloween 16 at creepy castle

    Great looking display.
  22. Thank you to Veteran's on Veteran's Day

    Thanks to all the veterans for their service. Andy Anderson USN LST 1177 1964-68
  23. Halloween display 2016

    Great looking display