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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.

PD Shimmers


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    First year to display. Young Onset Parkinson's Patient
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    analyst Simply Self Storage
  • About my display
    16 Channels 8000 lights

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  1. PD Shimmers

    PD Shimmers First Look 2016

    Preview of 2016 show.
  2. PD Shimmers

    PD Shimmmer VI

  3. The 2012 Mini-Sota is set!! Saturday June 2 Plymouth, MN 8:00-9:00 Coffee Mingle 9:00-9:15 Welcome Mike J 9:15-10:15 Guest introductions -be prepared to spend 5 minutes (min) talking about your display where you are from, light count, channel count, years displaying, why you do it, proudest moment,favorite sequence, biggest challenge. you can upload photos or videos to me if you wish-send pm and i ll tell how. 10:15-10:30 break 10:30-11:00 Renard 64 Discussion 11:00-12:00 Sequencing Tips LOR 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch burgers, dogs, chips, pop 1:00 -1:30 Ground Fault trips 1:30 - 2:00 Tentative--Lightshow Hero 2:00 -2:15 break 2:15 - 3:00 FM transmitters and RDS 3:00 - 3:30 video (incorporating/ production 3:30 - ??? Whatever the group decides if we go long we'll get pizza for dinner! Come over to Plymouth and meet those that speak your language- DMX,RDS,LSP,LOR,LED,RGB,FM,INCAN,WATTS,AMPS,VAMPIR E PLUGS,DIYC,HU,PC,VIXEN,AUDACITY,CHANNELS,RENARD,PI XELS,CCR, You can share your thoughts and ideas on: sequencing, video production, community relations, technical issues, display construction, Pre-Register by using the link below Why register? -to get the map -so as to quantify need for tables, chairs, food! -to see what interests you have to customize the meet So if there is a remote chance of attending, please sign up! https://mjfpd.wufoo.....athering-2012/ posted in DIYC, Planet Christmas, Holiday University Spread the word!
  4. The official mini for those in the Minneapolis area and surrounding. Mark your calendars for Saturday June 2 in Plymouth, MN Register using the link below. Why register? -so as to quantify need for tables, chairs, food! -to see what interests you have to customize the meet So if there is a remote chance of attending, please sign up! https://mjfpd.wufoo.com/forms/the-minisota-light-gathering-2012/ Looking forward to seeing you there!
  5. PD Shimmers light show is designed, built and operated by a Parkinson's disease patient to raise awareness of the incurable disease. If you know someone who has been in some way touched by this disease send this link to them, please. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/12/23/awe-inspiring-holiday-lights-display-for-a-good-cause/ Help spread the word. I hope you enjoy the story! Mike J
  6. PD Shimmers

    PD Shimmers Amazing Grace

    First video of the PD Shimmers show.
  7. PD Shimmers

    PD Shimmers Spiral Tree Test

    webcam video of 16 channel 8000 light spiral tree. Hybrid with 800 lights in 8 wedges.
  8. PD Shimmers

    PD Shimmers 2011

    A 70 second look at the PD Shimmers light show in Plymouth, MN.
  9. PD Shimmers

    Mn Minnie

    All, As newbie, I'd like the opportunity to meet with other enthusiasts. Between full time job, operating a non profit, and planning my light display--i don't always make it to all the forums. If there is a get together you can email me directly at mike@pdshimmers.com after a great first year i look forward to 2011! 8000 lights and 16 channels moving to 20,000 lights 64 channels! i am ready to join the "just another string of lights" club! mike