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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.

CraiginPA

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About CraiginPA

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  • Birthday 02/01/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A woman who lived in my house between 1940 and 1970 sent me a Christmas card telling me how much she enjoyed the Christmas display. She stated in the card that she was 96 years old.
  • Location
    Jeffersonville, PA
  • Biography
    Christmas and Halloween are my hobbies
  • Interests
    Automation
  • Occupation
    Programmer
  • About my display
    LOR, 160 channels, winner of town display
  1. Computer for LOR

    One word of caution on "anything that runs"... I used to use a 1990's Lenovo laptop running windows 98. While it ran the shows fine with 128 channels, the songs ran about 5% slow. It wasn't noticeable until I tried to over-dub the music onto a video I made and couldn't get it to sync properly. I did an upgrade to a 1999 dell desktop with an 800mhz processor running windows XP and have been using that successfully for 10+ years.
  2. Display Dark! Please help!

    You should be thankful that you don't have an LOR 1602w with the bad fuse holders. The fuse blows and you go to remove the fuse and find that it's more or less permanently stuck in the barrel because the bottom spring has developed a memory and doesn't want to pop out the fuse. Being a ceramic fuse, you try to remove it and it breaks off, making the replacement of the fuse holder necessary (and a complete PITA). I've had to replace at least half a dozen of these fuse holders over the years...
  3. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    If she wasn't across the street (a 4 lane road), I would have already extended my display onto her property. I have my garlands on 70' of one neighbor's fence, and about 3000 lights on the peach trees in the front yard of the other side neighbor. As it is, her adult children visited over Thanksgiving, undoubtedly heard she wasn't going to decorate, and apparently dropped by sometime yesterday during the day and put up all her decorations. I was actually considering dropping a spare 10' mega tree, a LOR controller, and an easy-linker over there to surprise her, but seeing that she's now got a battalion of blowmold soldiers out there that she didn't have out last year, there's no space for it.
  4. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    The people across the street sold their home to a retired couple earlier this year. In September, I saw them outside and went over to introduce myself. I asked them if they knew about my Christmas display. They said they used to drive to see it. So, I expected no issues whatsoever. Fast forward to the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have the lights on the house, trees, garage, and two 14' frame trees up and running. I don't have even half the display up. But, the incandescent glow of 20k lights can be seen from several blocks away. I'm outside fixing a few light strands on a frame tree when I see my neighbor heading across the street. I had a premonition of doom. Instead, she told me how her brother had passed away this week, and she was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit *until* she saw my lights out her front window. She said she's leaving the shades open until I take it down after Christmas. She said she may not get her own lights up this year, but she truly appreciated me having mine up. Now that is why I decorate.
  5. Can I repair a hardboard cut out?

    Hardboard is a composite product that's very dense, like mdf. I think mdf has pretty much replaced it, as I haven't seen any at the local home center for 30 years. There was also a similar product that was a low density version. That version hasn't been around for, I believe, 50+ years. It was originally sold as an alternative to drywall in humid areas. I have some installed in my basement from the 1960's. High density hardboard "frays" at the edges when you hit it. You can slather the frayed area with wood glue and clamp the edges straight until the glue sets for a repair that will last for a very long time. You can also use an epoxy paint for the same level of permanent repair. Unfortunately, there's no easy repair for broken hardboard (high or low density). The best repair would be to attach a backer board with glue (you'll need to lightly rough up the hardboard's smooth surface with some 100 grit paper, otherwise it won't stick), then fill any cracks with putty, and then re-paint.
  6. Roof lights help

    On the gable end, I find the shingle clips will span at least 2 layers of shingles. If you can't get them underneath the shingles, you can use a metal putty knife to gently lift the bottom edge of the shingle to get it in. On the side, where the gutters are, I use the shingle clips backwards over the lip of the gutter (so they literally are pointing towards the sky when installed), so no need to try to get them under the shingles.
  7. Storing spare bulbs and fuses

    I look back, nostalgically, to the day when I would have been able to hold my spare bulbs in such a box. I now use the plastic containers that Nonni's Biscotti come in. They are about 8" square and 10" tall with a snap on plastic lid. I have one per style of replacement bulb, one for each style of gutter clip, one for bread ties, and 2 for paracord bundles. While a few of the containers have relatively few bulbs in them (e.g., gold base for wireframe deer), there are some that are absolutely full (clear incandescent with "no hole" green base from walmart 100 light sets, and C7 incandescent).
  8. 1000 rice lights 73ft getting on a tree?

    Get a hand truck or a wheelbarrow. Build a spool holder (base, 2 sides, and a broomstick handle that goes through 2 holes in the side). Bolt the spool holder to the hand truck or wheelbarrow. put the spool on the spool holder. Wheel the hand truck or wheelbarrow to the tree. Pull out a few feet at a time, working the lights onto the tree. If you are going around and around, it would help to have someone move the hand truck or wheelbarrow around behind you as you put the lights on the tree. When it comes time to take the lights down, wind them back onto the original spool.
  9. The Cost of Large Displays

    It recently hit home to me how much some things have increased in price. I was pulling out 40' extension cords and found a few receipts at the bottom of the very large box I store them in. One receipt was for 20 40' outdoor extension cords from Tru-Value. The date was 10/2000, and the price per cord was $5 on sale. Another receipt was for 10 40' extension cords from Home Depot. The date was 11/2008, and the price was $7.97 not on sale. The last receipt was also from Home Depot, with a 10/2016 date and a price per cord, on sale, of $9.97. I own over 400 40' extension cords, plus 50 50' extension cords, 20 12' extension cords, 30 of those 3 outlet adapters, and 50+ 6' extension cords. If I ever had to replace just the electrical cords, I'd have to seriously reconsider whether I'd continue decorating! And, please don't get me started on the cost of LED lights versus incandescent lights, how the "new standard" LOR display includes RGB pixels instead of individually controlled channels of incandescent lights, etc...
  10. Before my leland died, I draped it from top to bottom. It does take more lights, but looks better at night, IMO.
  11. I'm grossly behind schedule. There's no way I'm going to be ready for Thanksgiving night's traditional turn on, especially given the fact that the leaves are still falling and I can't put out any of the ground stuff until they're down. My wife wants to turn on "whatever is up" on Thanksgiving, but it would look strange to have LOR running without half the lights that make up the sequences installed. Looks like my target turn on date is going to be December 3rd.
  12. Disney's Osbourne Lights

    How did you find the guy and get to talk to him for 45 minutes? I thought they discontinued the backstage tour that was specifically centered around the Osbourne light display.
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