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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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Farish Family Lights

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About Farish Family Lights

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Finally getting started on setting up the lighting display for my kids and grand kids.
  • Location
    Lowell Arkansas
  • Biography
    Born and raised here in Arkansas all my life. I have a Loving wife of 36 years and three kids and 7 grand kids.
  • Interests
    Christmas lights and decorations. Music recording and video work.
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  • About my display
    I have one 16 channel LOR controller and one CMB-24D with 4 RGB strips and one CCR. We have just over 3600 led lights. Trying to get bigger and better.

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  1. Great display. I too have looked at thrift stores and yard sales over the years and to my knowledge I have spent about $500.00 for all that I have. It takes a long time to get to where y0u have as many village pieces as a lot of people have. To me that is the fun of collecting villages. Great job o the display. Doug
  2. That is a great display. I love it. Still working on my setup but getting real close to being done.
  3. Well got more done on the villages. Still a lot more to go.
  4. Nicely done Vic. I love the projector. Looks like a drive-in. Nice and simple. Well I'm making progress on all of mine. I still have a lot more to do but It is starting to take shape.
  5. Okay things are getting closer tho it may not look like it. I still have a lot of work but it will be worth it.
  6. Well I have been researching the value of the Dept. 56 Snow Village pieces that I got for $380.00. From what I can find on line to replace what I have would be $1556.00. I think I made out like a bandit. The shop I got them from has extended me the offer to put anything I find on lay a away. I will be going tomorrow to see what he is bringing in. This is not all of the villages I have so there will be more to come. Doug
  7. It looks like it has been a long time on a reply so here goes. I too love Christmas Villages. I have been collecting them for awhile now. My most recent find was 22 Dept. 56 pieces that I got for about $380.00. I was trying to figure pout how I was going to display them this year and came up with this idea. Tell me what you think. Remember this is nor the final setup because I need to cover the shelves and get some trees. Doug
  8. What is the difference in indoor and outdoor any way? Just wondering.
  9. I have the twenty foot one. I think they have a sixteen foot one as well. I used 4 RGB dumb strips and removed the ball at the top and used an eye bolt and ran the strips thru it. but it about 7' 5" and had a eight strand tree. looking to have four more RGB strips next year and go 16'. I and hope you find what you ae looking for get your tree and dads flags up. Doug
  10. I went to Harbor Freight and got a 20' telescopic pole for about $80.00. Took about 45 minutes to install it. I have a small tree made with 4 RGB strips.
  11. I have been taking notes on what I like with others displays. I have several new ideas on what i would like to do next year. I have to start saving up to get another controller. I am disabled and my check only goes so far. I was wanting to do a 4th of July display but don't if I will have what I need. (We will see)
  12. LOL! My wife has lightened up on me now that she has seen the display. I think she is hooked also. She has already helped with some ideas for next year.
  13. Thakns for the warm welcome. I to have the madness running thur my veins. lol I have already got some great ideas for next year and have drawn them out so I can remember them. Gonna get one maybe two more controlers (oh what fun it is). That is if the wife doaen't shoot me first. I did catch her and my daughter sitting in front of the house watching the display. My daughter came in with a tear in her eye and said that she never really sat and watched the display from the car. I got a big hug from that one.
  14. Hello all, I just wanted to say that I have found a wealth of infromation here in the fourms. I have been afraid to say hello because I feel that my knowledge level is not up to par. I am from Lowell arkansas and this is my first year at having a display to music. I have one 16 channel controler and a RGB controler and one CCR. I have about 3600 lights and hope to have more next year. I have always loved to decorate for Christmas but never had the money to do what I have always wanted to do untill this year. I am disabled and have to have my youngest son and son in law to put the lights up and maintain them. I am lucky to have them help me. Thank for all the information. Doug
  15. This is our first year doing a light display. Only 16 channels and 3500 lights.
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