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  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. 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.


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About elcommandante

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 09/21/1963

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  • Location
    New Braunfels, TX
  • Biography
    Married with 3 kids. Lived in Texas most of my life.
  • Interests
    Family activities, college football, DIY projects
  • Occupation
    Law enforcement
  • About my display
    Just getting started. Have a small yard with no mature trees. Interested growing my display annually.
  1. Virtual Santa

    As I live in south Central Texas, I can't imagine what Minnesota weather might do to the projector. Like others have mentioned above, I have not found a way to have it play automatically. I always had to manually turn it on. Sometimes that meant turning it on in the afternoon if we were not going to be home when the show started. That was no big deal as no one could see it in the daylight anyway. The nice thing about the LED projector is that it does not get hot so you don't have to worry about running it for hours. It also takes mutiple types of inputs. I ran my VS off an extra memory card I had.
  2. Virtual Santa

    Don't let the 700 lumens fool you. It is an LED projector and is surprisingly bright. I was worried that it would be washed out by all the lights in the yard but it did fine. People can see it from over 75 ft away in my display. I thought I would probably buy a better projector for next year, but I am so pleased with this one I'll just use it again. You also don't need an expensive screen. I hung wax paper on my window and it worked great.
  3. Virtual Santa

    I had decided not to run mine after Christmas until I heard very clearly from some of our fans that they wanted Santa in the window! I thought it might confuse the little ones but everyone wants to see Santa!
  4. Virtual Santa

    I am very pleased with the projector from Darryl as well. I thought I would buy a brighter one next year, but after several weeks of use, it works fine. My screen is wax paper taped to the window. People really love the VS. One church friend thought it was me inside the house getting ready to come outside! Very realistic looking. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
  5. Question about DC Controllers

    If I put two RBF's on each bank and one of the above power supply's on each bank, won't that be sufficient? I can't use the Brain or the little 3 channel DMX units b/c I don't have an iDMX and am running LOR S2. f this will not work, can you please point me to a specific power supply? Thanks.
  6. Question about DC Controllers

    One of those power supply's on each side of the controller would work or does each side of the DC controller have it's own input?
  7. Question about DC Controllers

    Will that power supply run an LOR DC board and 4 RBF's?