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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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  1. quietdoc

    Portable test computer

    I've done you one better, Bill. My setup is run by wireless Light Linkers. So I just plug one into my labtop and can control the whole setup from anywhere on the property. RO
  2. Stopped by this morning (Jacksonville, FL)...they have cases of extension cords left (40', 25', 25' with triple block, 15', 9'), all 75% off. They were way overpriced to begin with (e.g. $25 for 40'), but at 75% off makes it a deal. I even left some for you all...
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    2009 North Florida Displays

    Hey Mandarinlights! We saw your display last year and can't wait to come by this year. The first day it doesn't rain... We are up an running at: 3258 Loretto Road Jacksonville, FL 32223 Give us a honk if you come through! RO
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    FLPC co-op on strobes

    I have a dozen I bought from Darrell and love them. I would buy another dozen at this price. BTW Bill and Michael, I haven't gotten around to posting our thanks for the work you all put in the Mini. My wife and I had to leave early, but had a great time. RO
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    Any FL people done a Halloween crank ghost?

    Yes! Here are our crank ghosts that we have used for a number of years now: We are coming to the Florida Mini; I can bring all the pieces, if you like. I doubt there will be a suitable place to set it up though. RO
  6. We all went through this corrosion problem two and three years ago. I lost 21 strings Phillips blue LED icicle strings in 2006. The solution that was suggested that worked for me was to dip each entire string in a bucket of WD40 before putting them up. Things get pretty messy, but I had 21 strings of the Phillips blue LED icicle strings make through two seasons and 21 strings of the Home Depot white LED icicle strings (the ones with the plastic snowflake over each bulb) make it through 1 season, with no evidence of corrosion when I took them down. For those who have a large amount of these strings, it is worth trying. RO
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    Checking Interest: Wireframe clip 'group buy'

    I could use 1 box of white, 1/4". RO
  8. My wife and are will probably be able to make it, but won't be able to confirm until later. Looking forward to it, though! RO
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    Organizing Florida Members

    Heck, that's too close to turn down! RO
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    Florida Christmas light locations

    We are at 3258 Loretto Rd, just 1/4 mile east of San Jose...you drove past it to see Baldbuddy74's display (assuming you came up San Jose). But we keep the lights off after Christmas and run one last time on New Year's Eve. Because people have to drive through our driveway to see the lights, we are trapped at home when the lights are on. We have had over 4,500 cars come through our driveway this year... And we still have people coming through, even though the lights arn't on. The week after Christmas is our only chance to see everyone else's display. RO
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    Florida Christmas light locations

    Tony, Just came from your house. Magnificent display! The colors have a lovely purity and the choreography is beautiful. I don't know how you dealt with the traffic on that narrow culdecac. If our experience is any guide, you will be crushed next year, once word gets around. We have 5 or 6 animated houses in the area (counting Orange Park); maybe we should try getting everyone together... RO
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    Anamatronics, anyone?

    I have a 6' version of the Dancing/Singing Santa, which I had hoped to hack with a LOR CMB16D. When I connected the motor leads (dancing or head movement) directly to a power supply, they work fine. But when I connected them to the LOR board, it acted like a short ... communication LED went off, no movement. As a quick fix (this was last weekend) I ended up using the LOR to power relays and hooked the motors through the relays. This works fine, if you don't the clicking of the relays... Santa stands "indoors" in (what is during Halloween) our flying crank ghost crypt. RO
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    Florida Halloween people?

    We do both Halloween and Christmas and are always looking for things that work with both. Like red lights on the house in October, adding curtain lights in November. The flying crank ghost crypt becomes Santa's house in December. And of course we have Jack... Halloween:www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KXdxTsJhUM Christmas: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPa5wMv44UU We had 80 channels last year, with 20,000 lights. This year up to 144 channels and 30-40,000 lights. RO
  14. While listening to NPRs Marketplace yesterday, they played a snippet of a song that sounded familiar and sequencing possibilities immediately popped in my head: Electricity by Ochestral Manoeuvres in the Dark http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TEGI26/ref=dm_dp_trk1?ie=UTF8&qid=1202945611&sr=1-1B000TENLXK This may become my favorite song for next year... RO