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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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MNrattler

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About MNrattler

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  • Birthday 03/06/1970

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  • Location
    Paducah, KY
  • Biography
    My mom started decorating when I was very small. We use to live in W. St. Paul, Minnesota but now live in Paducah, KY. Over the years I have helped and finally took over. She passed away July 1, 2010. I am married and have a son and a daughter on the way. I have corrupted my husband with decorating and now I think he is worse than I am about it. I am a senior trying to finish my Mechanical Engineering degree after 10 years at it. If you want to know anything else, just email me and ask.
  • Interests
    Christmas lights of course..., historical re-enacting, family, travel, sewing to name a few
  • Occupation
    Student (Mechanical Engineering)
  • About my display
    VERY STATIC. I want to add animation but don't have the slightest clue as to how. Our display is not very big. We have 4 blow ups and a bunch of blow molds. We switched to LED's to save energy. Our 3 dedicated breakers were very hot and I was afraid of a fire. We use to have a ton of lights. I never could get a correct count but it was near 5000. Now with LED's, it is MUCH LESS. We just don't know what to do anymore. It is very boring to us but everyone else LOVES the display. Our joke is that we give our local park a run for its money...
  1. Welcome to PC from Western KY, Paducah to be exact. Wish we cold have seen your house during the holidays. Looks great. Maybe next year. I'm sure you will fit into the PC family just fine with a display like that. Mary
  2. I posted yesterday in the wrong forum. Sorry. Here is my dilema. I LOR and I have gotten 2 songs programmed, yeah me... When I start a new music sequence, I tell it which MP3 music file to use and it opens using my saved channel configuration. Everything seems to open fine but the WAVEFORM does NOT show up. When I click the button or in the menu to show it, I get a pop up box. The pop up box says "Audio Analysis Error" in the blue banner and in the box it says: "Can't init conversion." What did I do wrong? I bought a MP3 music CD off of Amazon and saved it to the computer. I also copied the music to the Audio subfolder in the Light-O-Rama folder. No matter where the music comes from, I get the error message. Until I can get this corrected, I will have 2 super sort songs (about a minute each). The other songs will play but I have just set the lights to be on during the whole song, static. I am trying to sequence without the waveform but it is difficult. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mary
  3. Here is my dilema. I have gotten 2 songs programmed, yeah me... When I start a new music sequence, I tell it which MP3 music file to use and it opens using my saved channel configuration. Everything seems to open fine but the WAVEFORM does NOT show up. When I click the button or in the menu to show it, I get a pop up box. The pop up box says "Audio Analysis Error" in the blue banner and in the box it says: "Can't init conversion." What did I do wrong? I bought a MP3 music CD off of Amazon and saved it to the computer. I also copied the music to the Audio subfolder in the Light-O-Rama folder. No matter where the music comes from, I get the error message. Until I can get this corrected, I will have 2 super sort songs (about a minute each). The other songs will play but I have just set the lights to be on during the whole song, static. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mary
  4. We (Steve and Mary Dickson-Morris) are planning on going... We can't wait. Hopefully we don't have another catastrophic event slap us in the face...Does anyone know if they will have someplace that can provide childcare even if we have to pay for it? Thanks and can't wait to meet everyone, Mary
  5. Home Depot had them for $1.98 a box on Black Friday. They had clear and multi only in 50 count so I loaded up on both. Couldn't pass that up.. Home Depot and both Lowes in my area are basically out too. Home Deopt had a few but it was the strings of 200. I am needing the solid colors like Red, Green, Blue and NO ONE had them this year. Glad I got the ones I did...
  6. In 2004, I came home for a visit and to see the lights. We drove around and a house in North St Paul/Maplewood area had miniture blow molds in their yard. They called it "Tiny Town". Do you know or have you seen anything like these? The were just like the bigger ones only 4 inches tall. Some were a reindeer, penguin, etc. I am wanting to get some and have NEVER seen them before or since. Also, I grew up in West St Paul and they had a light contest every year and later kept it going to honor Mr Blenk after he passed since his house was the best one for several years. Do they even still have that contest? Someday I will get back home to MN since that is where my heart is pulling me. Kentucky is just NOT my cup of tea... No snow...I wish I was there now with the blizzard that just hit... Cheers, Mary
  7. Oh Sorry, I was tripping the GFCI with the little push buttons. We would look to see which ones were in water and disconnect them. Sometime it worked, sometimes not. We continued until we eventually unplugged that section from the outlet, then it stayed on. Got to be a real pain. So far, we have NEVER tripped the breaker. Mary
  8. Hey Chuck, I have another tip... Did this 2 years ago and it saves tons of time... On ALL my extension cords, I used a Sharpie and wrote the length of the cord on both ends. For instance, on a 40 foot cord with a 3 female end, I wrote "40 T". T for triple plug-in. That way when I dig through my huge box of cords, I can find the 6ft cord I need instead of guessing as to which one I am pulling out.
  9. I haven't made them in years but a friend of mine works at the local Lion's Club booth during the fair gave me a head's up tip. She told me that they use PEANUT OIL instead of veggie oil. It takes the heat better (higher temps) and produces a better color. That is the kind of oil most of the restaurants use to deep fry their food. Good Luck!
  10. Since I am new at this, I have been wondering what the lingo is for the LOR controllers. How many channels are in a controller? Is it 8 or 16 or what? I have seen people using 8 channels, 16 channels all the way up to 400+... how is this achieved? I think I am missing something. We are looking at getting 1 or more but don't have the slightest clue as to what we are doing/getting/needing... How many do you need to run something like arches... just to give you an example... Thanks Mary
  11. Thanks. I will attempt to post the picture from last year...Hope it works.. Thanks for the uploading instructions... mary
  12. I am new and have posted my info in the Newbie forum if anyone is interested. Anyway, after reading the problems people are having with keeping lights on, we tried something. We had the same problem. Every time ti would rain, POP, the lights go out... We live in Western KY and get lots of rain during Christmas. We read where people were putting baggies over their plugs and it didn't work... We decided to try GLAD PRESS AND SEAL and believe it or not, IT WORKED!!! We put it on just as it started to sprinkle and it poured that evening and to our amazement, NOTHING went out! YEAH!!!! I also noticed that one of our plugs was submerged in a puddle while the lights were on and those were still lit!!! Hope this helps someone else! Mary D
  13. Hello everyone. My hubby and I are new to Planet Christmas and so far, absolutely LOVE IT!! We have found lots of tips and tricks to help us. To start with, our names are Mary and Steve Morris. We live in Paducah, KY. If you are wondering, that is in Western KY and along the Ohio River next to the Illinios border. We are about 2 hours drive from Nashville and 3 hours from St Louis. My mom got me interested in decorating at a very young age. She passed away July 1, 2010 so this Christmas is kind of difficult but I still decorated. She LOVED the lights. I am now 40 so I have been at it about 35 years. My hubby, I got him addicted 10 years ago. We have a 3 1/2 yr old son who is mesmerized by the lights. We are expecting a girl just after Christmas. We have a VERY STATIC display and are wanting to add some animation as well as a light show. We have 4 blow ups and several blow molds. We use to have nearly 15000 light but over the years, we have taken out bushes and have no idea what we put up now. We have also switched to LED's. We still have the incandescent in boxes but don't put them up. If anyone would like to see my static display, you can see it on Facebook. Until I figure out how to post pictures, that is where I will put them... Here is a link to my FB page. My profile picture is our house last year... also, please request to be friends... My page is listed as Mary Dickson. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=894446070870&set=a.854997605910.2465793.12928214#!/MNrattler We look forward to hearing from anyone. We are also planning on attending the PLUS in June/July 2011... Cheers! Mary Dickson-Morris
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