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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.



drkness last won the day on July 14 2016

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About drkness

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Uhhh drawing a blank right now
  • Location
    San Tan Valley AZ
  • Biography
    Oh you know, just letting my Christmas hobby *cough cough, obsession get the best of me.
  • Interests
    Spending time with my 2 little munchkin girls!! besides messing with Christmas stuffs
  • Occupation
    mechanical contractor
  • About my display
    Literally restarting from scratch in virtually every aspect of my display.

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  1. drkness

    Cado Union North Pole sign

    I would almost find that a little annoying thats so bright. But on the other hand, no need for any security lights. what type of lights are they, lantern style or down light? I’d almost complain/ ask if the could put a deflector on it if that were my house.
  2. drkness

    cut out questions

    They do have3/8 thick Coro and it works great especially for detail pieces. If you do use wood, a great primer is glidden gripper. ( comes in white or can have it tinted dark) Now i personally hate glidden paints but this is probably the best primer ive ever used. Was actually recommend to me by the behr paint rep when i told him what i was wanting it for.
  3. How old are these, or how many seasons of use are on them?
  4. drkness

    Mega tree power

    My tree is about 23’ tall and curently has 128 strands of lights, 32 channels, and a 3 channel topper.
  5. drkness

    Looking for lights while in USA

    You could browse CL or FB and see what you could find. Or even ask to see if anyone has any they might want to part with on those sites, browse garage sales as well!
  6. drkness

    What is this?!

    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
  7. drkness

    My Holdman Star

    I built mine strictly off just looking at a pic on the computer and then sketching it out on the wood. Drilling all those holes was really annoying. Couple coats of glidden gripper primer and semi gloss black to help last in the az sun. I have two of these, only use 1. It weights about 60lbs. 3 channels of faceted cool white c9 leds
  8. drkness

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Still here, but i am not a huge fan of the update. It is harder to find content that i would refer back to and what not.
  9. drkness

    Interested in LOR but have questions

    I believe you are referring to a snubber, it’ll create a load needed to dim properly. Its a very expensive hobby, even with making a lot of your own items. Personally id go with the sealed quality lights you get from the vendors on here, less hassle and maintence in the long run. More upfront cost, but I don’t regret it Order at least 2k feet of spt wire for your first year Ask tons of questions and opinions it’ll get your brain really going. I have LOR and love it. even tho im not yet running a show, ive got a small fortune invested with a bunch more to go.
  10. drkness

    "Candy Cane" power cord

    Spt would be way easier and cleaner looking
  11. drkness

    Wrapping trees

    Staple gun is awesome at helping with this. I just use really shallow staples and have a guide/guard on my gun to avoid damage to lights
  12. drkness

    How to run lights over a fence gate

    If you can do arches along the entire fence line with more of an arch as others said, it would look really good and no onewould know the difference it serves a purpose to use your gates. Your user name makes more sense now lol.
  13. drkness

    Upgrade to Light O Rama

    Try programming 136 channels off the bat. =). Very challenging for a single father of 2 little ones. Lol. Fun non the less and my daughter keeps asking to listen to Christmas music!
  14. drkness

    UV Protectant

    Try living in az. Big reason I switched to led lights is the sun fades the color off in one season. I use multiple coats of paint on anything I make and have outside.
  15. drkness

    Wooden ornement cut outs

    Gotta love place!