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  • 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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  1. Hi all. Here is one of our videos for our 2017 display. I will add more to the YouTube channel shortly. Enjoy.
  2. Hello, just a simple question, where would be the best place to order 30/30 or 60/60 pixel strips from? I'm looking at holiday coro but they seem far over priced, just wondering if anyone would happen to know some links. Thanks!!
  3. I've made the decision to move so I'm clearing out my inventory of Christmas lights. Ideally I'd like to sell everything one person in South Florida. I don't want to ship this stuff and ideally someone will need a truck to get it all:Qty - Type001 - Stellascapes e16-ii controller016 - Stella Green Strings (85 pixels each, about 28' long - great for mega-tree)008 - Technicolor Pixel Strings with globe diffusers (85 pixels) WS2811002 - Technicolor Pixel Strings with globe diffusers (32 pixels) WS2811120 - Milky tubes (16 pixels) - 1 meter - TM1812 (these are currently built at panels)001 - GECE string converted for use as pixels.001 - E682 Controller & Powersupply for GECE005 - Joshua Systems P2 Controllers & Power Supplies002 - Joshua System P12 Controllers & Power Supples001 - 300 pixel mini-matrix004 - Renard 16's with X-Bee wireless.18+ - Coro Stars001 - 2 Car Garage Door CoverThen there are some animated reindeer, LED nets, and LED strings. I have a few plastic totes full of misc. items RGB strings, extra wire and more. This is easily $10,000 worth of stuff. Make me an offer.Check out my 2014 display on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/billinsofl). You get everything.Thanx!
  4. Hi All, there was a very lengthy string this past spring about pixels being power hogs. One of Chuck's recommendations was to disconnect the pixel power supplies when the show is not running. I absolutely agree. The power supplies, their fans, and the ICs in each pixel are constantly powered up (24 hours a day) if you don't do so. This is my approach to doing just that. I put a 3PDT relay, with a 120 VAC coil and contacts rated at 10 amps, in one of the boxes containing a power supply. I used one pole of the relay for each duplex outlet. The power to the outlets is supplied directly from a 15 amp power outlet, via the N.O. contacts on the relay. This relay is turned on by an LOR channel at the start of the show. This gives the network switch and the sandevices boards time to boot up and be ready by the time the first sequence runs. The sequence to turn it on is a simple one line sequence that turns the channel full on. This sequence is then added to the show in the BACKGROUND tab so it is constantly running during the show and turns off as soon as the show is finished. One of the issues I ran into in doing this was the door on the enclosure not closing because of the combined thickness of the mounting board, electrical box, and plugs. The solution was to buy some power strips that have right-angle plugs from the Lowes Christmas section. These were less that $8 for a package of two. Cutting the power cords off those power strips worked perfect to give me power leads for the DC power supplies.
  5. Better than ever before, the new and improved April 2014 issue of PlanetChristmas magazine has hit the streets! Thinking about getting into RGB pixels? This edition removes the mystery AND we even shou you how to build a pixle tree. Here’s a peek at what’s inside: The Super Geek Edition Pixel Tree Basics All about Pixel Ribbons Build a Pixel Mega-Tree Build a Pixel Mini-Tree Winning ABC’s Christmas Light Fight Indoor Decorating … and so much more! Because we want to be good for the environment, PlanetChristmas Magazine is all digital. No paper and no postage needed. What does that mean for you? It’s free! Touch the magazine cover above or click here. See all the available magazines.
  6. We're working on the next issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine with the theme "2014: the Year of the Pixel' What's a pixel? You need to wait for the magazine. If you've had 'pixel experience' incorporating this technology into your Christmas lighting display, we want to hear from you. You can send a letter to the editor at [email protected] or if you think you want to write an article for the magazine, email me at [email protected]