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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • 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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a wonderful story.
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  • Biography
    Not much to say... just a family who loves to light their Christmas display up.
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  • Occupation
    We're a family of four - we all have different occupations
  • About my display
    We have a nice 56-channel display supported by Light o Rama software and controllers.
  1. Help a new guy get setup.

    Thanks for the info, I like what I see. Great find, I'm very appreciative. We couldn't find cheap solutions until now.
  2. Help a new guy get setup.

    It's all good. I'm doing some shopping and research right now, I'll take a look myself. Thank you for sharing. Was it expensive?
  3. Help a new guy get setup.

    If I may ask, where did you get your star? I'm looking for an inexpensive tree topper like yours.
  4. PVC christmas tree for super cheap

    First and foremost: I know I'm jumping on this thread late, but thought it'd be nice to share what I did. Took an interesting approach to how I lit the tree... I took the eight slices formed and alternated red and green LED strings. I used cup hooks to keep the strands taut and minimize zip tie consumption (we were running low on our 1000 count ties) I also added four vertical LED strings of cool white, mainly using zip ties to secure the strands to the PVC. I want to potentially double up the lights on each slice because it feels empty, thoughts? Ryan Check out my website and videos to see the tree in action. www.lightmaestros.com
  5. 1,000s of LEDs for sale

    Any updates on any purchases?
  6. Turn Key Displays for Sale

    Do you have an email we can use to contact you with as well? Thanks for the update! Ryan
  7. New Website Idea

    This sounds like a really neat idea. I'd love to be part (b) of this, if possible. The idea of organizing music for people who: need a place to start need a new beginning just don't know where to look are in search of inspiration in need of guidance sounds like a wonderful and brilliant way to help others and spread some holiday cheer. Please let me know what I can do to be of assistance.
  8. Christmas Help!

    Reply was sent, hope it all makes sense.
  9. Christmas Help!

    If you take a look at the drop down menu, it shows the additional costs for extra controllers. The base package is 16 channels - one controller. It's about $780 EXTRA for the 64 channel deal. Your total would be $1,429.75 just for controllers and the miniDirector. I don't recommend taking this path for a quick expansion, it's too costly, in my opinion. I'll be responding to that email ASAP with some extra goodies.
  10. Having problems with pictures on this site

    I'm having a different issue - can't remove an image that's TOO BIG that I wanted to use for my signature. In my editor, it won't let me remove an attached image. ;(
  11. Christmas Help!

    There are some options available. If you want the "plug-n-play" kind of show while you learn how to do some of the other parts of making a good show, click here. For roughly $650, you get a pre-programmed show, the FM transmitter, a "miniDirector" (the device that reads the SD card for sequences and sends the signals out), and a few other things to get you started. (Including a controller and the Basic level of our sequencing software.) If you want to get to know the sequencing software and tools and components, you can download it for free here. Definitely look into the free sequences. One thing to note is the future of your show. What do you expect for the coming years? Make sure you also get sequences that fit your show. If you get a 64-channel sequence but only operate 16 channels, only the first 16 channels will be displayed. Feel free to contact me at any point for more pointers. If you want any of my 2014 sequences, let me know. Since they're outdated from my 2015/16 display, I give them away for free.
  12. Visualizer question

    Use a screen capture application like Bandicam and upload the recorded video to YouTube ... you could also use your phone and record as well. Google "Screen Capture Video applications, free" and take a peek at what's offered.
  13. Turn Key Displays for Sale

    +1 on the parting out and shipping, I'd be interested in the stars on the fire sticks and a few other things.
  14. Christmas Help!

    I've been a Light o Rama customer for the last 3 years, so you're in for a treat. http://store.lightorama.com/rese16chstpa.html This is the link to a standard controller, one that controls basic lights (incandescent and LED, no RGB lights just yet). I don't know how involved you will be in your project, but getting this will require you to be a bit more involved. You will need to buy the lights you need and install them on your house, as well as extension cords and a few other pieces. Once you confirm this is the controller you want, I can walk you through the rest of how to set up your show. It's easy, but there is a learning curve. You chose a good time to ask about getting involved. The summer sale is approaching, so prices can go down significantly. Real quick, though, if you can confirm the controller and how involved in your show you can be, that'll make my next response even easier. If you want to talk one-on-one on this I'd be glad to help. Thanks for taking the time to ask! LightMaestros.com is my website, it has TONS of information about how our show came to be what it is now. [email protected] is our email - send me an email and I'll respond ASAP. Anyone else interested in setting up their house for a Light O Rama show should contact me as well. Thanks again! Light Maestros Team
  15. FS. LOR controllers

    Any updates?