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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.

Bill Hoffman

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About Bill Hoffman

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    Light Up Ohio
  • Birthday 03/27/1952

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  • Location
    Athens, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    Lighting Fanatic.
  • Interests
    Computer controlled lighting displays. Woodworking. Wine Making. Cooking.
  • Occupation
    Retired. Part-time Bistro Chef.
  • About my display
    Computer Control. 60,000+ lights. Interests include wireframes, blowmolds, inflatables, and rope light. (in that order)
  1. Light Up Ohio 2017

    There are still some openings for Clyde Lindsey's presentation on Xlights for Friday, June 2nd at Light Up Ohio 2017. Clyde will be concentrating on showing how to adapt your LOR sequences to Xlights, but he is a wealth of information, and will be available for your questions on both days June 2-3. Also, we will have Tom Hammond, David Jones, Dan Blickensderfer, and Clyde giving presentations on Saturday. Everything is ready for a great weekend!!! Don't forget your gift for the "White Elephant" exchange, it is a lot of fun. Don't miss out, register now to attend one of the premier Holiday Lighting events of the year, in beautiful Westerville, Ohio. www.luo2017.whindo.com
  2. Light Up Ohio 2017

    We are proud to announce that CoolTees will be giving away 6 of their custom designed shirts at Light Up Ohio 2017. Personally, I would pick one of their cool Christmas designs, but you can choose any one of their many creations. Get your "code" on June 3rd at Light Up Ohio 2017. in beautiful Westerville, OH. Check them out at www.cooltees.us/collections/christmas Hope to see you there!! www.luo2017.whindo.com
  3. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Are you prepared for a "Zombie Apocalypse?" AtmosFX will giving away "Free" Zombie Survival cards at Light Up Ohio 2017. Collect the whole set exclusively in Westerville, Ohio, June 2nd and 3rd. AtmosFX will also be giving away 5 of their most popular Projection Video's as door prizes, valued at $50 each. Check out their site at www.atmosfx.com. Hope to see you there!! www.luo2017.whindo.com
  4. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Do you want to take your display to the next level? It doesn't matter if you are just beginning to learn about Holiday lighting, or if you are a seasoned decorator, you will get a wealth of knowledge at Light Up Ohio 2017. People will be coming from all over the country to beautiful Westerville, Ohio on June 2-3 to learn from some of the best decorators in the country, and to see some of the new products being introduced by top vendors. Time is running out, join us at Light Up Ohio 2017, for 2 days of fun and sharing. www.luo2017.whindo.com
  5. Light Up Ohio 2017

    We at Light Up Ohio would like to Thank some of our wonderful vendors that support our event. This year they have donated some wonderful door prizes, and we can only hope that when you buy your next display item, you will think of their contributions to this Community, and shop with them first. Light O Rama Crockett Fantasy of Lights Boscoyo Studios Creative Lighting Christmas Done Bright Chistmas-Leds Holiday Coro Hope to see you at Light Up Ohio 2017, June 2-3. www.luo2017.whindo.com
  6. Light Up Ohio 2017

    We deal with some great vendors in this hobby of Holiday Lighting. One of them, that I highly recommend, is Christmas Done Bright. They have been making spectacular wireframes for a very long time, and they are one of the best in the business. We will be featuring their products, and raffling off a beautiful "Ringing Bell" wireframe http://www.christmasdonebright.com/lighted-displays/candy-canes/NEW-BOW-BELLS-LED, plus several $100 gift certificates, at Light Up Ohio 2017 on June 2-3 in Westerville, Ohio. You don't want to miss it. Registration is "OPEN NOW" at www.luo2017.whindo.com
  7. Light Up Ohio 2017

    This is your invitation to join us at the 11th Annual Light Up Ohio Symposium. It's being held in beautiful Westerville, Ohio on June 2-3. One of the key speakers on June 3rd will be David Jones. David is the "Guru" of anything DIY, pertaining to Holiday Lighting. He will be showing us how we all can have a "great" Holiday display using DIY products, and not break the bank doing it. David was at last year's Christmas Expo in Chicago, and we are very honored to have him at Light Up Ohio 2017. Registration is "OPEN NOW"!!!! www.luo2017.whindo.com
  8. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Are you confused about getting Xlights and LOR working together in perfect harmony? Clyde Lindsey has volunteered to share his expertise to help you understand how to do this in an all day session at Light Up Ohio 2017, on Friday June 2nd. Clyde is famous for his "how to" videos and is the guru of anything Holiday Lighting related. We are honored to have him at our event. Registration is "OPEN NOW" for Light Up Ohio 2017, but "Seating is Limited", so reserve your spot now. www.luo2017.whindo.com
  9. Light Up Ohio 2017

    When I first started doing a synchronized display some 15+ years ago, one company was there to help me every step of the way. I credit them for helping me bring JOY and Wonderful Memories to myself, and countless others who have visited my display over the years. That company is Light O Rama. Not only did they help me in my hobby of "Making Memories", but they have generously supported an event that I hold near and dear to my heart for the past 11 years, Light Up Ohio. This year is no different, and I "Thank" Light O Rama for their continued support. This year they have donated a total of $500 in merchandise credit, that will be given away to 5 lucky winners at Light Up Ohio 2017, on June 3, in beautiful Westerville, OH. Hope to see you there!!! Registration is open "NOW"!!! LUO2017.Whindo.com
  10. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Do you remember last year reading about the guy who set up his Christmas display so anyone in the world could control it. He had people controlling his lights from almost every country in the world. Well, his name is Tom Hammond, and his Internet Controlled Christmas Lights has become famous. We are very happy to have him attending Light Up Ohio 2017. Tom will be having a workshop that will outline how to create an internet controlled, interactive Christmas Light Display, based on "FREE" software (Xlights and Falcon Player) and Low-Cost hardware (Raspberry Pi and Arduino). Tom's workshop will be on Saturday morning June 3 at our event. Hope you can attend. Registration is open now at LUO2017.Whindo.com.
  11. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Do you love Christmas Lights as much as we do? Do you want to take your passion to that Next Level, but are not sure how to do it? Come Join us in beautiful Westerville, OH on June 2nd and 3rd. We will be showing you how to "Make Memories", by spreading the JOY of the Holidays. Registration is "OPEN" now, and the Agenda will be posted in the next few days. Come Join us!!! LUO2017.Whindo.com
  12. Light Up Ohio 2017

    We are happy to announce that Light Up Ohio 2017 will be on June 2-3. Location for Friday June 2nd, will be announced at a later date. Location for Saturday June 3rd will be 8am-5pm at Sharon Woods Spring Hollow Lodge in beautiful Westerville, Ohio. Everybody is Welcome! More details will be announced at a later date. We are hoping everybody can attend!
  13. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Now that I have finally had a chance to unwind, and clear my head a little of all the information I learned, I would like to Thank some people on Light Up Ohio's behalf. First and foremost, I would like to Thank the people that helped organize this event. It's a small event, but it still takes a lot of organization to bring it all together. A big Thank You goes out to Jeff Phillips, Joe Erdeljac, Jerry Plak, Richard Renn II, and all of the people who helped setup, clean-up, and spent their time helping others understand things. The backbone of this whole event is always the presenters. The presentations this year were second to none, and I want to Thank each and every presenter for sharing their knowledge. Thank You Richard Renn II, Jerry Plak, David Jones, Clyde Lindsey and Dan Blickensderfer for volunteering your time to help others. Also, I want to Thank all of the people that were spending time on the side, one on one, with various people helping them understand whatever confusion they were having. I also would like to Thank all of the Vendors. There are too many to mention names here, but without you guys supporting us and supplying us with your great products, we could not pursue the hobby we love, and that is "Making Memories". I had a great time, and learned a lot. It was great to see old friends and meet many new ones. I hope everybody had a good experience and took away some valuable knowledge from the event. Hope to see you next year!!!!!
  14. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Don't forget...The Meet & Greet Friday the 13th after the Nutcracker session, it's always a good time & good food! Also we will be having the White Elephant Gift Exchange on Saturday, so if you would like to participate in that - bring a "wrapped" gift with you! It can be anything valued at up to $20, hopefully Christmas related. The White Elephant Gift Exchange is a lot of fun, so plan on participating. We have 2 great days planned, don't get left out by not registering!! All information is at our Registration Site, but if you have any question please feel free to contact me or Jeff Phillips.
  15. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    "LIGHT UP OHIO 2016-PLEASE READ!!" If you haven't registered for Light Up Ohio 2016 by now, we sorry to announce that there is no more room in Rich's Nutcracker session on Fri. May 13th. We have reached the capacity of the facility!!!! You can still register for the "Main Event" on Sat. May 14th, where Rich, along with others, will be doing presentations on various aspects of Holiday Lighting. Please see our Agenda and Registration form at: http://light-up-ohio.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2441954-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=3a59b151de6f3b9
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