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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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I am about 35 - 45 minutes from Carver Mass, we had some people say they came to see us instead of Edaville - lol - and some people who signed website guest book saying they loved our show because they could not afford Edaville this year.

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THANK GOD WE ARE FINALLY BACK!!

I have missed this site so much, welcome back EVERYONE!

to anyone reading this thread looking for newbie advice please don't hesitate to ask...I am only in my 2nd season but alot of helpful people are on here

 

First post of the new year!

What is everyone thinking for next year in terms of songs? My wife choses the songs for us (within reason) (part of the agreement why I can do this)

We picked : Dominick the Donkey, Carol of the bells (TSO), God rest ye merry gentlemen (post modern jukebox), run run rudoplh (kelly clarkson) and rockin' around the christmas tree (miley cyrus) ...those are the only 5 for now, if I have time i may program some more!

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2014 was my first year and I took the advice of everyone and only had a small show.  Like everyone is saying - there will be a learning curve so don't try and do too much the first year.  Last year I only used one color (red) for 16 mini trees and 2 flanking trees (so 2 controllers) and I used the showdirector so I wouldn't need a computer nearby.

 

The two best tips that I read were: 1) make your own extension cords, 2) label your extension cords, 3) make it easy to get to your controllers and stuff because you will run into problems.

 

The second tip I didn't understand UNTIL i started to plug everything into the LOR box.  I had no clue what extension cord went into what plug... that won't happen again this year :)

 

This year I'm hoping to get the following accomplished:

adding a second LED color to everything (white)

hopefully getting a LED sign to display the fm frequency for the music

adding speakers that are timed to run a shorter length of time that the FM to car show so I don't bother the neighbors

figure out how to better weather proof where all the plugs connect.  Last year I just tied white plastic bags around everything.  

last year I put the controllers and everything in big plastic containers with a big hole on the side for the cords and then put that in a big lawn garbage bag.  what a mess!  looking for something 'cleaner' this year.

 

FYI - sequencing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be... but then again - I only had one color :)

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Janet,

 2014 was my first year as well.....what rush!

We used multi lights and a few strands of solid blue. I think i posted a link to my youtube and/or facebook that has video. Sequencing this year has been much more difficult, i guess because i have more experience and want it bigger and better this year!

 

I made my own sign out of some plywood and silicon, really easy if you have time to drill holes and glue the lights (think giant lite-brite). I can send you some photos if want to see it in more detail. 

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