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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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About BECKfamilylights

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The ones coming
  • Location
    Florida
  • Biography
    Christmas junkie
  • Interests
    Christmas lights,
  • Occupation
    Small business owner
  • About my display
    Growing
  1. Very cool Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. House decorated in the 1950's!!

    Don't miss the electric bills for ol classic displays. As I'm not to far removed from the classic c9 days. I'll spend $500 to 1k a year and still come out ahead. Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Looking for /good/ synchronized display

    No I actually did not take any this year. Sorry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 3 car driveway arch

    2 car but I'm sure the piping would be strong enough to extend it over 3. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 3 car driveway arch

    I made my driveway arches with 1/2" EMT. I have straight pipe up the side and I made a jig in the yard to bent the tops all at equal angles. I use 3/4" 45 sweeps and 1/2" thin wall pvc to act as a coupling in the middle. I've hung 10,000 lights from my arches as I use to do a 9 channel leaping tunnel. As you could imagine that's a lot of zip ties and up and down with the ladder. That's why I've abandoned the tunnel but keep my arches. I think I have a video on YouTube under the crazy Christmas crew page. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Looking for /good/ synchronized display

    I do a little of everything in my display. TSBO, Dub, with the classic Christmas songs. Even got my wife to give me the [emoji1303] for Dominick the donkey. Just for fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Selling candle tops

    Where about in south Florida? I'm on the treasure coast Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I don't worry about how many lights I have, I worry about does it pop? I made a 16' wreath as my center piece this year and it took just shy of 14,000 lights to make it pop. I have an 8' cross on the roof that is wrapped with 1,200 lights. Each arch over the driveway has 600 lights on each x's 6 arches. My question would be how do you count RGB's? Do you count them as Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Yellow, and so on and so on? At last rough count I was at just over 40,000 last year but this year I was down around 30,000. I decorated my neighbors house with the extras. Trying to get him to buy a controller and hook it up wifi so I can program his house too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Need help powering my display

    I'm running 6 20 amp dedicated outlets. After everything is connected I send my kids out with electric tape and cover all connections and ends. My show is not on gfi's I'm just really careful on how the power is run. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Corroded LEDs

    This is why when I'm ready to switch to LED in 2 years I'm buying from you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Load of Lowe's

    2 years ago very early in December I bought a cart full of lights. I asked the manager if he could do anything and he gave me a good deal. Sometimes it doesn't hurt to ask. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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