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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.

Christmas on the Farm

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  1. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  2. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    That's great! Years ago when our display was in town, we were walking up to our door and out of a car sitting right out front a boy said; Mom look! Do they get to live here?
  3. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    I've had people ask; "how do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?"
  4. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Probably has no idea how radio propagation works.
  5. Looks like I was the last to post in this category so here I go again. I saw a new neighbor moving in while on the tractor. So I stopped to introduce my self and see if he would like me to disk his weeds while I was at it. He was very friendly and all went well until he stopped me from walking back to my tractor with; wait a minuet, we have been out to see your christmas display for many years. Your done doing that right? We don't want all those cars driving down our street. I was polite and said; well I plan on doing the display until I'm to old to. In the conversation I got around to saying you knew about it before you rented here. He ended by saying nice meeting you, we'll see about that display. Great.
  6. Visit From FCC or Radio Listening Neighbor

    I'm not having this problem but, has anyone had a report to the FCC of a neighbor that you are interfering with his distant polka station? In the past I was the frequency coordinator for military frequency use at my installation. The FCC guys all seamed reasonable and ask them about this kind of situation and there feeling was that you are notified and given a chance to rectify before action is taken. Anyone have any experience?
  7. Visit From FCC or Radio Listening Neighbor

    Thank you> I hoped someone would find it funny.
  8. Funny storie

    When he got back in the car he probably asked how was the show? Answer: you idiot you where in it!
  9. Who else is behind schedule!?

    I was shooting for Thanksgiving night. Now I'm hoping for Sunday night.
  10. Visit From FCC or Radio Listening Neighbor

    Looks like we got about the same response to the same question.
  11. FM Transmitter suggestions

    A neighbor that owned the local drive in theater recommended the Ramsey FM100 transmitter to me. I have 2 Ramsey FM100B transmitters for my display (one back up) for almost 8 years now. I researched it and then put it to the test. The in car sound is great! Broad banded audio stable carrier frequency. Also, staying within FCC regs. the transmit footprint propagates excellent clean audio over the entire frontage of our display. We are in the country and the transmitter is along way off the street and the FM100B makes up for it. I also like the “sort of” mixer. It allows 2 sources to be mixed for output. Two concerns; #1, I wish it had native RDS. I really would like to add RDS to my display transmission someday. You can do it by home brewing into the IF circuit. For reasons to be covered in concern 2 I don’t want to hack up the PWB. #2, As of 1 Jan.’16 Ramey Hobby Kits has discontinued manufacturing transmitter kits. http://www.arrl.org/news/ramsey-kits-calls-it-quits What is out there are the remaining kits in the supply chain. I hate to see the support go for such fine radios.
  12. Who sequenced the new KIA Commercial?

    Best commercial of the year... so far.
  13. FM Transmitter suggestions

    I agree, both radios should do fine. I think most horror stories you hear may be do to issues like; antenna placement, computer to radio cable cross polarization of even radio/computer proximity. Make a clean setup and it should be great.
  14. FM Transmitter signs

    I use backlit Duratrans.
  15. Display/Show Name

    7 years ago we moved 5 miles to the family farm from in town. We changed the name from Kings Christmas Lights to Christmas on the Farm. I like the new name better.
  16. What do you use for snow?

    https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/SN140?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyb_W9I6G1wIVEFp-Ch1wDQxrEAkYHyABEgJ8w_D_BwE Will not short out tracks
  17. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    I have heard so many stories of people wanting you to stay off their property or get a proscriptive easement on your property. I guess the best thing to say is; good fences make for good neighbors.
  18. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    Free at last!
  19. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    Very nice John!
  20. New computerised show

    don't make to big a deal over it then they will think of it as a big deal. Just tell them to watch for it the first night.
  21. Not able to have my display

    Doug, I hope all is well with you. Sounds like a tough time for you right now. I am coming out of a tough stretch myself. I though it would never improve but here we are. Brad K.
  22. Dads train

    Great work!
  23. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    I think your right but its because we are the people that want to be good neighbors and do something good for the community.
  24. Anyone starting to put up there display

    Big J. I'll be starting Monday. Have a church using our place as a harvest party venue this weekend then its disc under the pumpkin patch and start to put up the display.
  25. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    I went through the same feelings when I moved 7 years ago. A week before Halloween I started with my set up. I said to my wife; now the neighbors will know somethings up. I was used to people waiting for the show thanksgiving night but we had no one the first night. Then after say 10 days it picked up and bigger then ever. my new neighbors love it I bet yours will too. An update: The same neighbor came by and asked if there was a way to shield my light (pictured) for his house. The shop you see (980' away) is where he lives. There is also a 4th leaf almond orchard in-between us now as well. I said I didn't know of anything and shrugged my shoulders.
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