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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 mwalz

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I would always go to Santas Magical Kingdom in Jellystone Park in Eureka MO with my family, according to them, that is what started my love for Christmas lights. I always try to make every Christmas something to remember for everyone.
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    Besides Christmas lights i do Halloween but not very big. Love Christmas decorating!
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  • About my display
    For 2016, about 30,000 lights. A static display, but in a way I like that better.

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  1. mwalz

    Where to buy?

    Amazon has some even... holiday Corp had a decent selection it seemed, I'm not the guy who knows all the deals but I know ray wu like you said and the other places. I think most Christmas light suppliers have them now too.
  2. mwalz

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Ok good to know. Going to test things today still and it's been misting all day with no sun. Should be perfect to test things out. Picked up some grease. Do you put it on connections of light strands when they are plugged end to end, likewise if the connections are stacked? Or just the main connections?
  3. I have only seen the first episode this year. Still catching up. The contest thing is ok, but I think some of the people are in there for the prize. Yea they say they like to make people happy and see their faces and some it's very apparent that's the case. There's a few that just seem like the money is most important. At the water mill place that one the first episode, there is a picture on google maps taken in October of this year from the balcony overlooking the red and white sea of lights. In the picture they are still putting up lights at that time. So I wonder if they are now filming as late in the year as possible. But you all are right. All the trees still have leaves. I don't know if I'd be able to put up all my display early, and then just take it down after the filming because the grass is still growing...
  4. mwalz

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Would putting dielectric grease on already wet connections solve anything? What's ironic to me is that all my LEDs are cheap non sealed lights. And most the display was still working in the pouring rain, including the lights directly on the ground. Qberg, The gfi outlets are not on their own circuit but they are the only gfi on those circuits. Do you think it's possible I got a bad gfi when I replaced it? My big rgb strip frosty had problems in the past with gfi until I covered the box that housed the power supply with a bag. The couple areas with a loft of plugs I have already covered with a bag and left the bottom open to allow airflow. So far where I've done that it's never failed me. Is it possible there is voltage leak through the very thin light wires? On my mega trees at the top the lights are watched to metal hooks and that may cause an issue.
  5. mwalz

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    This year has been very rainy and have been having gfi problems. Replaced 2 of the 3 outlets since one isn't gfi. Funny enough it never gives problems. One circuit is on the porch and the other on the side of the house. The porch has been working fine since replaced. No issues. However the other one I could not even get going. No matter what item on the one section of yard was plugged in, it always tripped. Except for the lights on the soaking wet ground. None of this makes sense. I've heard taping connections traps in moisture. I always positions outlets where they are sideways or down to minimize water in connections. Mostly grounded extension cords. Ideas to remedy this? In the daylight I'm going to try to find the culprit and see what I come up with. This is getting very frustrating.
  6. Thanks! I'll pretend I planned it that way....
  7. Brick sections are animated. Hopefully will get a video up this year.. Hope you like the display! Constructive criticism is always good...Happy Holidays! Facebook for display: https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights
  8. mwalz

    Mr Christmas box help

    You are probably having power that normally goes to speakers go directly to the fm transmitter. Same idea that if you ran a line from a power amp output directly to the transmitter. Not an electronics expert but something similar to this may do the trick, not sure if this would work but i'm fairly certain it has the right idea anyway. Hope you get it figured out! https://www.guitarcenter.com/Art/HeadTap-Headphone-Tap-1273887987171.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQiArqPgBRCRARIsAPwlHoXhNaR-P4-MhJjYIvcnsdZacdzBr99CCMqlIjn7Krwm4Qw4XsdM050aAp9QEALw_wcB
  9. I think a wreath would look great! Great job on this one, once you start making your own stuff it gets pretty fun. Here is my arch I've had for start fe years. Yours is different as its square and not rounded like most I've seen.
  10. mwalz

    Using all grounded outlets?

    I wasn't refering to the lights but the extension cords, that's why it doeant make sense to me. Have always had a problem in rain, try to make sure connections are off the ground and all open outlets are faced sideways or down. Local park decorates with over 1 million lights and I've seen tons of indoor cords there. There's are always on in pouring rain. Do you think the outlets could be bad?
  11. For years I've been using a lot of indoor extension cords outside. Always had problems with rain tripping the gfi, this year I switched to almost all grounded outlets. It rained and was still tripping the gfi. I tracked it down to 2 ungrounded plugs and that fixed it issue. Does using all grounded outlets make things run better in heavy rain? Or was it just a coincidence that the trip was because of the ungrounded cords?
  12. Was able to get finished for the time being.
  13. Turning the lights on tonight. Excited to see all the hard work come together!
  14. You could probably search Christmas Mega Tree and they should come up. Or something similar anyway. Hey thanks! I will get a list together and pm you with it.
  15. Thanks! Can never go wrong with mega Trees.