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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.



Zman last won the day on September 8 2017

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About Zman

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    Learning all Trades - Mastering None
  • Birthday 07/06/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The one I help to create every December
  • Location
    Woodinville, Washington, USA
  • Biography
    Jack of All Trades - Master of None
  • Interests
    Golf, Sports, Wood working, and of course Christmas!
  • Occupation
    Staff Applications Engineer
  • About my display
    Growing all the time.

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  1. Zman

    Combo Light Clips for Wireframes

    Its back up I see...
  2. Just passing along that I have the 2 classes at Christmas Expo geared toward the Newbies in the community: Illumination of Lights - A overview of all the lights we use in displays, mixed in with some anecdotal information "I Love it When a Plan Comes Together - Displays the A-Team Way" - Yes, the A-Team and Christmas! I hope some of the attendees are old enough to relate!..... Again, this is aimed at the newbie for Display planning and execution, but all attendees may glean some tid bits in there. Being involved in arranging Christmas Expo's curriculum, the newbie tracks have fallen my way, and I enjoy teaching them. It allows me to jade them into attending the class I most enjoy presenting, "The Art & Presentation of a Christmas Display; The Holy Grail" I hope to see you at Expo! 22 days and counting.... See the entire class line up; https://www.christmasexpo.com/files/2018/CE2018-Education-Schedule.pdf
  3. Zman

    Combo Light Clips for Wireframes

    I communicated with Val of Christmas-LED this morning. Her ISP is the culprit on the website. They have been doing upgrades and it has affected her the past 2 days. Give it a day or so, and Val will be glad to help you out (again)....
  4. Zman

    2018 Annual Pacific NW CLAP Mtg

    We are about as set as we can be for this weekend. Special thanks to Eric Foley and the new Firehouse. They have pushed to get things ready for us, and even in its somewhat incomplete state, the pictures look amazing. I cant wait to see it in person. I still contend that we have the best venue in the entire country for our Mini, and moving from the Lake House to the Sound House will not disappoint. Eric and his wife Jennifer are setting this up as a “Dinner Destination” venue. On hand is the fire engine and car collection of the Foley’s. There is only a handful of us who have seen the Car Barn in years past, and now you all will get a chance to see this. The Foley’s have been extremely gracious over the years with hosting this event with Brother Gary always assisting. For those who have RSVP’d, thank you. It is still not too late to decide to come. Special thanks to those presenting our agenda this year: Lowell Fuher – Group Roundtable Discussion – Attention to Details Jay Danielson – Cheap E131 Wireless Pete Peters – AFCI vs GFCI Avoiding December Meltdowns Kevin Thomas & Darren Huffty – LOR S5 Pete Peters - Power Injection Steve Garrett – E131 Wireless Update Our Sponsors do an amazing job supporting us. Please support them, and when you interact with them, thank them for taking the time to send us goodies as giveaways. Lori's Lighted D’Lites Christmas Expo Reinders Holiday Technologies Winklebottoms Wireframes 3G Lighting Creations Demented Elf SanDevices Pixel Controllers Advatek Lighting Christmas-LEDs Crockett Family of Lights HiTech Lights PixelController.com (Falcon) Creative Display's Boscoyo Studios Evergreen Church Lowell, Kevin, myself and the gang are looking forward to a fun filled day. See you all Saturday.
  5. Zman

    2018 Annual Pacific NW CLAP Mtg

    Here is the Final Update. We are only 18 days away! CLAP is the last major gathering that is still free to attend, so we need to plan on head count. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, and let me know if you will attend the Friday night Meet and Greet event. If you have already sent an RSVP no need to send again, I have the list updated. The agenda is all set, see above. The Friday night Pizza Meet & Greet IS MOVING TO A NEW VENUE: ROCK PIZZA - 5:30pm Address: 5400 Martin Way E, Lacey, WA 98516 Phone: (360) 412-0300 Reservation is under C.L.A.P. Remember that CLAP is also at a new venue: Eric Foley 2825 Fishtrap Loop NE Olympia, WA 98506 Doors open at 7am for coffee and donuts, dont forget if you want to bring something to sell or swap, we will have tables set up for that. It should be a great day. See you all then.
  6. Zman

    2018 Annual Pacific NW CLAP Mtg

    An Update for the Pac NW CLAP Sorry for the lack of communication. Been a busy year already. We are all set for Saturday April 21st. Set Up Party and Pizza Feast on Friday April 20th. Pizza Feast Venue is TBD an update will follow As usual bring anything you want to trade or sell for the Swap Meet The location of this years meeting is at Eric Foley's: 2825 Fishtrap Loop NE Olympia, WA 98506 Set Up on Friday starts at Noon CLAP on Saturday starts at 8m This is still a free event to attend. We do however need RSVP's to plan for lunch. The Agenda is as follows Group Round Table Discussion What worked, what didn't What do you want to share What questions do you have to ask Attention to Details E1.31 Wireless Overall Options Steve Garrett Update Power Injection How to prevent those December meltdown blues (AFCI's) LOR S5 Please respond that you plan to come, another update will follow listing sponsors and Pizza Venue.
  7. Clappers, The date has been set for our annual gathering. Saturday April 21st. NOTE! The location will be different. With mixed emotions, we have outgrown Nancy's Lake House and Bill's shop. Sadly there are a lot of memories there, but we are still keeping it in the family, as Eric Foley will be hosting us. This is a phenomenal venue, still in the same general area, closer to Puget Sound, the property has a pond, Car Barn with the Foley's Fire Engine and car collection, and a replica Fire house where the meeting will be held. No more cold, tight quarters, shop. Address: 2825 Fishtrap Loop NEOlympia, WA 98506 This is a free event to attend, for anyone to attend, the only investment is your time. We are soliciting ideas on subject matter. If you have something you want to know more about, let us know. The Friday afternoon and evening, Set Up party and Pizza Fest will be held on the 20th. Given the adjustment in meeting location, we are contemplating a different Pizza Fest venue. Mark your calendars now, more details will follow.
  8. I thought there used to be a setting for this, where it would sort from most recent or the other way. I went snooping around and there is not. Can't remember if I am confusing other forums at this point...
  9. Zman

    Christmas Expo 2018

    That was my first "Expo". I know from talking to Janice and Joyce that the hotel filled up fast, they added more rooms, but not sure where that effort is at. They have posted an alternate hotel on the Expo webpage that is across the street. http://www.christmasexpo.com/ Look on the right pane under Santa's Choice Hotel. Look forward to seeing you there....
  10. Chuck you always are looking to keep this fresh. More on that in a second. I agree with the ease of search, embedding pics needs to be simpler and more up to date. Videos are getting to be a must. I had to chuckle at Jeff Carter's post and your response, but that too should be considered. Most of the problem children are blowing up Facebook these days. You can scratch your head about how to streamline the categories, but as soon as you do that, someone will come up with a new must have category. IMHO there are Animated Displays, and Static Displays. Animated is either Plug and Play, or DIY. Static covers BM's and Puffers, cut outs etc... I leverage the New Content view mostly. I dont get a chance to hang out here as much as I used to, that nasty time budget... I like the ability to quickly scan topics and peruse the ones I am interested in. Now, for the most important part, keeping this forum fresh. Please, please, no matter what you do, make sure that historic posts are still available. I look forward to seeing reviewing ideas.....
  11. Zman

    Vendors that sell M5 LED strings with Quick Connect ends?

    Reinders sells them in the "Commercial Grade" but limited to only 25ct strings: https://www.reinders.com/led/commercial
  12. Zman

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Slankard, the curriculum covers the spectrum. We have beginning to advanced topics. There is usually a Soldering Workshop, and have had all sorts of non "technical" classes such as Blowmolds, cutouts, PVC, etc... So something for everyone. The best part is the networking with those who teach, and attend this event. I would say confidently it would be well worth the trip/time...
  13. Zman

    Christmas Expo 2018

    They announced the location of Christmas Expo next year. Mesquite, TX (Dallas) Check it out: http://www.christmasexpo.com/
  14. Zman

    Newbie Help

    Howdy and welcome to the forums! We have a very active group in the PacNW and meet once a year in May for a big gathering, we call it CLAP. That is in Olympia/Lacey. Then a smaller swap meet in July in Port Ochard. Send me a PM with your email address we can add you to my database and inform you of the meetings. I have been contemplating a "Beginning Lighting Workshop" session for our CLAP meeting, or possibly as a one off on a Saturday afternoon in the later Spring. It would cover items like making your own extension cords and a lot more. I only use SPT2 cord (now) and vampire plugs to create all my AC connections. I still use good quality 14/3 to create my power grid. I have literally miles of the stuff I use. The vampires are easy to use. However it may be easier to just buy socket cord. You can find different spacing from 6-8-12". Mclendon's is a great resource locally, or vendors online. With pre-fabbed socket cord, it still uses SPT1. You just need to know that with SPTx there is 2 (actually 3) types. Typically though SPT1 and SPT2 are what us decorators use. I standardized on SPT2 because it is compatible with the lamp cord extension cords you can find for pennies at time. Then I keep a stock of SPT2 male/female vampires to make custom cords as needed. If you decide to make your own socket cord, be sure you have something like a QuickGrip mini bar clamp. As if you remove the protective pads, you can use the squeeze grip to help you push the backing onto the socket and cord.... Just know you have a lot of resources locally....
  15. Douggg, you make a few good points. On my display website, in the How-To, I have some historic material I presented at Christmas Expo 2015 on this topic. Work together with your Charity. They want to ensure that they are being represented accordingly, i.e, proper signage, fonts, colors etc... This is on your website, voiceovers, and any signage in your display. They want to understand what you are doing, and how. They can also potentially provide additional advertising and volunteer help. The idea of a pay point is a good one. However, no matter what you decide to do, be flexible. I have thought about adding that, just have not looked into it. Some are hesitant to use technology too in that manner. What I am not sure about, is whether there is a way to keep track of what YOUR display brings in. Part of the satisfaction, is knowing exactly what your efforts have brought to your cause. In a decade worth of Seasons collecting for my Charities, I have never had one person say that collecting is tacky. Rather, the major feedback is they think it is great that I do. If done in good taste, it does not, IMHO, cheapen the experience, rather, enhance it. It is the Season of giving, and most are very gracious. In everything I do, it is stated that my donations go 100% to my charities. in 10 years, I have collected over $50K for my charities. Last year was almost $8K and I have steadily increased over the years. I have never been questioned, but also keep excellent weekly or in my busy period, daily tallies. Also one more thing. While a lot of us collect cash, some take food donations, toys, etc... A lot of it depends on what charity you get affiliated with. SOWA nor the Northshore Wranglers (my community SOWA team) are not typical Holiday charities. I get asked a lot how I chose them, I love to tell that story, and I get told a lot that the community appreciates that I blend it and why. For me, there is nothing better than when a parent lifts a child up, opens the door, and dumps a bunch of coins in. I love the sound and counting every penny.