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  • 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.
  • 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.



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About cyras21

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  • Birthday 04/27/1977

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  • Location
    Stephens City, VA
  • Biography
    Just a big kid when it comes to Christmas...
  • Interests
    don't really have a hobby
  • Occupation
    Air Traffic Controller
  • About my display
    just under 15k lights, looking to top 100k....need a few ideas!

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  1. cyras21

    Where To Start?

    What's RGB? I was thinking 33 channels because that's how many strings I currently have hanging and would like to make it spiral. Currently one string goes up and down. How many strings to you think I can get away with on the same channel and still have a spiral effect?
  2. I have a rather large static display, 45k lights. I would like to incorporate LOR into my display but with so many lights I'm looking at an astounding amount of money needed for all the lights. What do you guys think of starting small by leaving most lights static and setting my mega pole to LOR. It would require at least 33 channels to do properly. Do you think it would be tacky to have the one item "flashing" with everything else static?
  3. cyras21

    My Mega (Jump) Pole

    This years display...
  4. cyras21

    My Mega (Jump) Pole

    no LEDs here. I don't like the look. It's a string of 300 split.
  5. cyras21

    My Mega (Jump) Pole

    With the star it's about 35'. I'll post a pic of the entire set up as soon as I finish my cross.
  6. cyras21

    Candy Canes

    yes the garland is strictly for daytime use as is with my mini trees. You can't really see the garland at night with all the lights anyway. I try to make my display as pleasing to the eye as I can during daylight hours. Not an easy task!
  7. cyras21

    Simple PVC Driveway Arches

    awesome, thanks!
  8. cyras21

    Newbie Needs Critics

    looks like you have room for 1 maybe 2 or 3 10' free standing trees. The base is only 5' and there's a how to PDF making them from PVC. I priced mine out last year at $125 to build.
  9. cyras21

    Holdman Light Display

    just saw his pics, 3 strings zipped tied...giving me ideas!
  10. cyras21

    Holdman Light Display

    Anyone know what kind of lights they use in their display? It's too clean to be stringed lights, almost as if it's fiber optics or something.
  11. lol, I was hopping to have a 40' mega poe tree this year. Since I waited until the last minute I'll have a 20' tree topped with a 4' star. At least it's bigger then last years!
  12. Is this is a private gravel road? If so, dig a small channel and run them through PVC pipe.
  13. Cant go over top? I'd be hesitant going across a public road. Do you live where it snows? Those plows would tear anything you put down up!
  14. cyras21

    Mega Pole Sleeve?

    Someone posted about using 2" pipe with "sleeves". My question is what are you using as a sleeve/coupler that would allow a 40' pipe solely using 2" conduit?
  15. cyras21

    Need A Better Way To Wrap Lights Around Base Ring

    I use gutter/banister clips. They snap perfectly over the pipe and don't slide. http://www.christmaswow.com/christmas-light-clips/ Bottom left pic with the rail.