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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.

Mark Ritter

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About Mark Ritter

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  • Birthday 01/11/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Birth of Jesus
  • Location
    Centreville, Virginia, USA
  • Biography
    Love Christmas decorations
  • Interests
    Blowmolds
  • Occupation
    Network Administrator
  • About my display
    I married my wonderful wife in 1985. After living in numerous apartments for 13 years, we finally bought our first house in Centreville, VA. in 1998. The house is on a corner lot, with a large yard - perfect for putting up Christmas decorations! I always wanted to decorate my yard with Christmas decorations , and I purchased my first outdoor decorations that year. I purchased a life sized blow mold manger scene and a few light strings for around the roof line. It looked nice, but I wanted to take my love of Christmas decorating to a new level. Every year I added to the display and now have around 25,000 LED lights with countless lit up figures, animated scenes, and a set of light up blow mold soldiers which stand at attention all along the perimeter of my yard.

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  1. Geeez Mark, Glenn told me about the fire. Are you still planning on getting a display up this year? Yes, I am going to get up what I can. Have had over 100 boxex of new christmas decorations this last 3 weeks and trying to get it all put together. I have some AL controllers I can sell real cheap if you need some or if you want to trade for some of you welding designs let me know. Thanks for the info Thanks for the response
  2. Switching to LOR this season because I lost half of my other system in the fire when my neighbors fire pit burned my 2 sheds. My question is if a song is programmed to use 16 channels on controller 1, how can I get those 16 channels to play on 5 controllers at once. Do I need to set them all as the same id number or can you group controllers together anywhere? Thanks, Mark
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