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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 Techster

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  • Birthday 07/11/1972

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    Chantilly, Virginia
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    Some electronic experience.
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    Pinball, Classic Aarcade Games, and Aircooled VW's.
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    Electronic Technician
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  1. Techster

    Walmart Candy Canes

    Thanks, pinball/pinball repair - my other hobby - takes a backseat during the holidays.
  2. Techster

    Walmart Candy Canes

    A few weeks ago someone suggested building a candy cane tree, so thanks for the Idea. I don't have the Wal Mart candy canes, but I do have a few Michael's candy canes from last year. I built this wooden junction with 3/4 inch pvc to clamp the candy canes and plan on putting Velcro around the PVC and candy cane to hold them in place. I will have a tie down rope in the middle of the tree to anchor the entire setup in place. Here are some pictures of what I have done so far. Not the best pics from my phone. Happy Holidays, Mike
  3. I have contacted a few rental companies to determine the possibility of renting a bucket truck in the Washington DC - Northern Virginia area. I am just wondering if anybody out there has any contacts or leads on bucket truck rentals in this area. Thanks, Mike
  4. Just completed building a WS2811 pixel matrix and looking for any nutcracker .xml files to put them to the test. Thanks Mike
  5. Anyone willing to share their nutcracker .xml file or have a link for any nutcracker .xml files. Thanks Mike
  6. I caught some of your tutorial last night before my Hotel internet became too slow, I just wanted to say WOW. I haven't upgraded xlights for quite some time, but I must say if your using pixels this is the program to use. Thanks for all your work and dedication. Sincerely Mike
  7. Techster

    Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

    Traffic from North VA horrible. Uuuuuuggggh.
  8. Techster

    Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

    Should be good to go, have a VGA cable that would hook to your converter (mini dvi to VGA).
  9. Techster

    Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

    I will bring two projectors Optoma GT360 and a BenQ722 - the BenQ has the most hours, but is reliable - I have attached photos of the back connectors for each projector. The Optoma has the following inputs: VGA(YPbPr/ RGB/SCART) x1 S-Video x1 Composite Video x1 Mini-jack Audio output x1 RS232 Control Port x1 RCA Audio in x 2 (R & L) The BenQ has the following inputs: D-Sub (VGA) S-Video Composite video input DVI RS-232 Hope this helps, I have cables to connect to a Computer via VGA or DVD player via RCA. I DON't have a S-video, HDMI or DVI cable. Sincerely, Mike
  10. Techster

    Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

    Sent you a PM - bottom line -- no problems - I will bring all the cables, looking forward to the sharing. Thanks, Mike
  11. Techster

    Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

    Andy, I have a projector I can bring to connect to a computer or DVD player - Its an Optoma GT360.
  12. Techster

    Need Good Art For Bumble

    Here's a pic for the top half http://letsgosunning.com/tag/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/ or maybe this can help http://www.productworksllc.com/productimages/90718.jpg I have the heat miser and snow miser toys and plan on replicating out of foam, but only have so much time for all my projects/hobbies. Good luck, Mike
  13. Techster

    Problems With Purple Leds

    I too had problems with Purple lights this year, seems like they don't like dimming, or on and off. No problems with any other colors just purple.
  14. Techster

    I Am A Newbie From Fairfax, Fair Lakes Area, Virginia

    Betsie, Welcome to the group, I am also in the NOVA area, I have only been Christmas decorating for a few years - if you have any questions feel free to ask. Regards, Mike
  15. Techster

    Plenty Of Lights In Stock And More Coming In!

    I ordered lights from Holiday-light-express on Tuesday and I had them by Friday...Great service fast and reliable. Would definitely order from again. Thanks, Mike