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  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. 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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  1. 3 points
    Here is a fun sequence I just completed using xLights. Let me know what you think. https://vimeo.com/265021717
  2. 2 points
    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
  3. 1 point
    Excellent job, and perfect Christmas song. ELP forever!
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    It is time to start thinking about the 11th annual Virginia Mini. In past we have quite often held it the third Saturday in May. If we stick to that date the mini will be on Saturday May 19. That date is flexible depending on availability of a meeting place. As of yet no one has offered to host the mini this year. If anyone is interested in hosting the mini now is the time to volunteer. Yes, there is some work involved in hosting the mini. You will need to secure a location and some other items needed that day. If you are interested in hosting the mini please contact me via this thread or by private message.
  5. 1 point
    Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started.
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    So cool to see a vintage design made modern. Great job. Tom
  7. 1 point
    Hey Wizard, the cord worked GREAT,as for the color....couldn't tell, as it was covered in snow,and at night, can't see it at all. I am going to have to build a few more, as I have aquired more candle molds yesterday and today.
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    Oh the time it must have taken to cut all that pvc and make the edges all clean. pretty cool tho! Home made elements are the best
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