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  • 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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Paul D

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Paul,

Thanks for the info.

Glad to see that our hobby is growing in the Central Florida region

Me too! Now I have to choose where we will have time to take the family to go see.

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If anyone wants to view my display, I live at 33536 E. Lake Joanna Dr. Eustis 32736. I'm 5 minutes from Mt. Dora. They have 2 million lights off of Donnelly St., then a couple more blocks is the marina on the lake. They have an incredible display.

My display has 60,000 lights with 48 LOR Ch. We are on from 6-9:30pm through Thursday, 6-10:30 Friday-Sunday, 6-12 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Dec 26th, the last day 6-9:30pm.

My Christmas Facebook page link is in my signature for pics and more info.

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 Hi, I am new to Florida but not to Planet Christmas. This is my first year in Florida and while my display looks okay with only 6 weeks to put it up and get sequencing done there is a few errors. We had to run all new wiring and get this ready to plug in. This spring we will be adding more power to plug more in but we were limited this year as to what we could do. Here is a short video of it. http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/lightitup/media/christmas2012part2009_zps958334a7.mp4.html

 

We live at 27714 Lois Drive, Tavares Florida. 32778

Not too far from Eustis so I will definetly be going by tonight to see Beason lights.

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Hi.  It's our first year doing a display.  We 32 channels of LOR and 6 channels of DMX controlled RGB strips.  You can see our videos at www.lakenonalights.com

 

Our display is at 9800 Old Patina Way, Orlando, FL 32832

 

Stop by and say hi.

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just realized I didn't list my address

 

10718 Lake Ralph Drive

Clermont, Florida  34711

 

Merry Christmas to all

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My display had to be tremendously downsized this year, but at least I still have one.  We bought a manufactured home and so didn't have the yard I had the previous couple years.

 

But anyone is welcome to come by and take a look.

 

Haven't really named the display at it's new location yet {thinking of calling it "The Lights at Shadow Hills - but I'm not too sure about that name just yet}.

 

Our display hours are 5pm-12am {yes, Midnight} daily no matter what the weather.   We'll be operating through the first weekend in January.  We broadcast on 99.7FM and also have 4 outdoor speakers, 2 out front and 2 in the Garden/Pond area where the wireframe Reindeer and lighted bells are.

 

We're in the Shadow Hills Manufactured Home Park and our address is:

 

8528 Arrow Head Circle

Orlando, FL  32825-1551

 

Drop by and say Hi.   I promise we won't bite. :P

Edited by Orville Fugitte

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