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  • 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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Cullen Wassell

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Hi Ya'll,

I am just getting into the world of computerized lighting. Last year '08 we had a Mr Christmas and it was a lot of fun. This year I bought a 16 channel LOR set. So now I am learning how to senquence the lights and stuff. It should loads of fun.

Welcome to the show.

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I am in Thomasville, Al (North Clarke County), first year with LOR's, 2007 we head 1 Mr. Christmas (6 channels), in 2008 we had 3 Mr. Christmas's (18 channels). Had a hard time in keeping them sync, this year my wife purchased me 4 LOR's (64 channels). I am having a blast.

Keep posting your questions, have learned a lot, but I have a long way to go.

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Back for a third update since I proudly have more additions to my display plans and my "git' er done" list for Thanksgiving weekend. Got myself a DC-MP3 Player for LOR1602W controller so I won't need the computer to run my show. Need to finish sequencing & get that thing loaded for testing; build a base for mega so I can put up the lights & star; set up 8 mini trees; make up custom spt2 cords; got a case of those "Snowflakes in Motion" to do the "S" cascade on my closest tree trunk - will twinkle this year tho till I can get another controller; got a Ramsey FM25B transmitter but gotta locate an empty frequency, test & set that up; still need speakers! Wrapped LEDs on 10 wreaths to hang on window shutters; got to hang icicles on eaves and lotsa lights in the bushes; and probably a myriad other things or ideas that will pop into my head as I go along. Wow, I'm already behind and time's awasting!! The lights will be ON down in the Perkins Wood!!

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It's running if the rain hold off. Had 2-3 cars at a time last night not to bad.

I am maybe 20-30 min. from you I think, we were over in HG for the sparkman football game.

Send me an IM and I will give you my address.

Merry Christmas.

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Well we got the lights up for the grand lighting at Thanksgiving. Things went very good and it only took two days to get the light set up and then another day or two to get all the finishing touches done. This is the first year to use LOR. We got 16 channels, the wife wants 48 or more next year. I feel like a kid in the yard watching the lights flash. What fun.

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Our Lights are up for 2009! Got them done Tuesday before Thanksgiving...all in one day, with the help of the kids. 3rd year...32 channels....3 new sequences.. about 36 minutes or so long. Merry Christmas

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Our Lights are up for 2009! Got them done Tuesday before Thanksgiving...all in one day, with the help of the kids. 3rd year...32 channels....3 new sequences.. about 36 minutes or so long. Merry Christmas

I'll have to drop by, maybe tonight.

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Fired up the mega tree Saturday night. Started right on time, played 9 seqs. and finished the show a couple of minutes before shutdown. Timed just right, thank goodness. Only setback was the last song did not play but the seq. did so I knew I had probably attached a WAV file instead of the mp3 so Sunday morning I corrected that. Come Sunday evening, 6 pm, it fired up again and it was perfect! One proud newbie here! Now I got to get my "Tune to" signs done so passersby can listen to the lights. Oh yeah, my snowflakes in motion turned out wonderfully too. Couldn't animate them this year but they are twinkling. Still got a couple of decorations to put up. Video to come soon!

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