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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.

MattCook

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About MattCook

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Looking at crazy light displays and the annual Christmas eve gathering.
  • Location
    Chicago
  • Biography
    I have loved Christmas and Halloween since I was a kid.
  • Interests
    Christmas, Halloween decorating
  • Occupation
    Web development
  • About my display
    We have an extensive blow mold collection and am working on integrating a LOR system.

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  1. I'm looking for some help with updating my sequence files for 2017. I added a few new elements (8 channels of blue LEDs to my mega tree; two more snowflakes on the house; a second color of lights to a tree) and I am looking for someone to sequence these elements into the display. Unfortunately, time got away from me and the person I originally hired is MIA. All of the sequence files are updated with the new channels - they just need to be filled in. If your interested, please PM me with your rates and we can go from there.
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    GE color effects lights

    I too would be curious ... I have a few of the wireframes with GE RGBS on them and would love to hack one so I can actually control it next year. Would it be possible to run with the LOR pixcon controller?
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    Got the mega tree up today

    Looking good! My mega tree is still on the ground... right before raising it I plugged in the star for good measures and half the rope light is out. Just waiting on a replacement from ChristmasLightShow.com and hope to be back in business this weekend.
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    When is your OPENING NIGHT 2016?

    Haha - my wife was encouraging me to put the icicles out on Halloween weekend but I wouldnt because I thought it would look weird too. I wish I would have -- it would have saved me a lot of time last week! lol
  5. I use conduit and metal stakes. The conduit is cheap and can be bought in ten ft sections and cut to length. I usually tie the blow mold to it using zip ties or slide the mold over the top of the pole. Then I use the 5" nails to secure it to the ground .
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    Menards Led Lights

    I use them in the rain, cold, wind and snow and am on my second season with only two strings half out. Compared to my Home Depot Black Friday Sylvania micro LEDs I got a few years ago, they are holding up great!!!
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    Poloron Motors

    Thank you for the info! Luckily, I was able to get it going with some white greas and some WD40. Looks like its OK so far...
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    Poloron Motors

    I have been learning more and more about the Poloron mechanical blow molds. My mechanical Smownan motor seized up today so I brought it in and took it apart and gave it a good cleaning and greasing. I noticed my motor is a Bevel model S. I thought all were built with a model J motor. Does anyone know if this is an original?
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    Chicagoland Christmas Displays?

    Go early or be prepared to wait in a very long line at the Elburn display.
  10. MattCook

    Chicagoland Christmas Displays?

    We're in Elgin... working hard to get our display up and running for Friday. PM me and I'll give you directions (or anyone else in the area that would like to check it out).
  11. MattCook

    Frosty And Family

    Very nice! Whats the history behind the gold version of the Poloron Snowman with shovel? Is that original or a repaint?
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    Poloron Mechanical Santa And Snowman

    Ironically, I was lucky enough to pick one up this past weekend. The motor is in great working condition, paint is faded, but the main problem was the front and back of the snowmans bottom piece was pretty banged up. There is a golf ball size hole with many cracks on the front . I still couldn't pass it up, even if cracked. I patched it the best I could using a combination of epoxys but you will never be able to hide it . Still , it's going to be a great addition to our collection . Who knows if I will ever run across one again and quite honestly, the price was right !
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    Poloron Mechanical Snowman - Back Plate

    Shane, I dont have a mechanical santa or the Poloron carolers so I cant really compare. lol Is it the same backplate used on the other 46" snowman with shovel made of metal?
  14. Does anyone have any photos of the back of their Poloron Mechanical Snowman? I'm looking for photos of the backplate. Is it a standard Poloron metal backplate, similar to what they used on their other snowmen?
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