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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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G Host Rider

Newbie From Illinois Using The Gemmy 6 Channel Holiday Lightshow W/timer & Mp3 Compatibility

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Hello & Good Evening All;

Have been sitting here looking through the forums off and on the last couple of days & have decided to become a part of the PC community.

I am a father of 3 children ( 2 daughters 17 & 13, and a 3 yr. old son ) married for 18 yrs. & have lived in Streator, IL for almost 21 yrs.

One of the things that brought me here was a search on the Gemmy 6 channel Holiday Lightshow control box with the mp3 player compatibilty for it.

Last year i used the Lights & Sounds of Christmas from Mr. Christmas & though it did a decent job I was looking for something a little more than what this product had to offer. (though my children were impressed with it I found the need for something that might add a little more punch to the holidays.)

I started & finished hanging my lights today & am still trying to figure out how to make the most of them before the actual time to light them happens ( day after thanksgiving) even though I have seen lights on throughout town & in the stores already.

Currently I have hung:

3 16' strands of rope lights on the front of the house/gutter

3 strands of clear/blinking garland lights on the top fence line

2 strands of 150 count multi-colored lights on the bottom fence line

2 strands of 150 count multi-colored lights on the lamp post

2 strands of 150 count multi- colored lights in the bush on the front of the house

3 strands of 150 count multi-colored lights in the pine trees

2 light up soldiers & 5 santa teddy bears in the front yard

3 small clear lighted Christmas trees

I have ran a small test on the lighting arrangements with the mp3 player attached & am still trying to decide whether to keep what I have up or try something different.

I know my 3 yr. old son was thrilled to see the Christmas lights on again even though it was a short period of time tonight.

He keeps asking as I am putting him to bed when the lights are coming back on.

I also just received a compliment from my oldest daughters boyfriend as I just ran another test with the mp3 player hooked up so looks like I leave what I have. :)

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It's great to have another Illinoisan in the PC community!...and an central Illinoisan at that. I somehow waited to join this summer, and regret not doing it sooner. There is so much to read here. Everyone is full of great ideas. Welcome!

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I used that same unit for several years, still have it in my shop, and I loved it. It is what made me make the leap to LOR ( Light O Rama). My desire for more control and flexibility has become my new hobby. My recommendation is if it is in your budget for next year, buy one LOR controller and the software and play with it. It will only grow from there. Next season will be my fourth year using LOR products and I plan to have 8 units for a total of 128 controllable channels. That is probably the most I will ever need but may go to 10 units before I am satisfied. Good luck with your show and welcome to Planet Christmas!

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Thank you all for the welcome; feels great to be part of a community full of people who love Christmas all year around. :)

My plans for this year didn't go as expected; as I wanted to do something different than I did last year. I had planned on adding more lights than I have posted earlier tonight but with the amp limit on the plugs for the gemmy & what I actually have available at the moment for lighting materials as well as money things didn't really change much.

The best thing is that I can finally add my own music to the lighting & I get to see my children enjoy the Christmas season with the yard decorated again, as I have done in the past.

I have read posts where we are our own worst critics on what we do, but when you have pictures in your mind & ideas in your heart & you don't see them come to light you wonder if what you do makes a difference.

Then you get unexpected compliments from your 3 yr. old son who remembers last years lights & always had to see them when he went to bed begging you to pick him up & show him out his bedroom window.

( now I know why I put Elvis' If Everyday Could Be Just Like Christmas & Ral Donner's Things That Make Up Christmas Day on the MP3 player.)

Because in reality seeing Christmas through a child's eye makes all your hard work & doubts seem nothing compared to the happiness they see & feel.

Thank you all again for making me feel welcome & may everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas.

Michael Swiskoski ( Ghost Rider )

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