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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 ralphS

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  • Birthday 10/03/1943

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  • Location
    Richmond VA
  • Biography
    Retired research scientist. Love to cook, garden, and see how far I can take my Christmas Display.
  • Interests
    gardening, cooking, Christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    about 180 feet road frontage, one 20 foot mega tree, one Z-tree, 175 strobes, about 175,000 lights (but who's counting?)and about 50 yard items(inflatables, blow molds, wireframes, etc.) Always looking for new ideas to attract new visitors. 20 sixteen-channel LOR controllers, 150,000 lights (about 20,000 LED's, several miles of wire). My display has been in a book, several newspaper articles, TV features and NPR. Couldn't do it without lots of help and support of my wife and several neighbors.
  1. 8Th Annual Virginia Mini

    I have 25 LOR 16 channel controllers for sale. 7 are the 40 amp controllers in metal cases and the rest are 30 Amp in plastic cases. All have been protected in water proof enclosures during the Christmas seasons. I also have 10 CCR’s for sale. The controllers for the CCR’s are mounted in two water proof containers. My asking price will be 70% of the price LOR has during the spring sale. At the end of last season 399 of 400 channels were working. If anyone is interested, I will meet them at the mini because I really don't to pack these and ship these. If you want to contact me directly, my e-mail address is ralph01@aol.com. Thanks,
  2. Announcing The 7Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 17

    I plan to attend the mini even though I will not be doing a show this year. It's just time to retire. IF ANYONE is interested, I will bring several items for sale. I have several LOR CTB16PC's for sale. These controllers have not been exposed to the weather, 2 or 3 years old. Some are wired with 2 power leads for 30 Amps, some with 1 power lead for 20 Amps. New price is $259, asking $175. Also I have a Ramsey FM25B transmitter with a "test" power booster. Retail value of $400, asking $200. I do NOT have the stand alone whip antenna or the instruction book. If you're interested buying and keeping the frequency set to 99.5, I will throw in my two yard signs. Also have a lot of extension cords. Homemade spt1 and spt2 with vampire ends. $1 or $2 depending on length. I prefer to sell to locals rather than dealing with strangers and shipping.
  3. Hello Ralph, Ralph here in Chesapeake,Va. Just thought I would drop you a note to say howdy; hope everything is good with you in the state capitol.