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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 MikeKrebs

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    Sauk City, WI
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    Born. Will die someday.
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    Running for health (physical and mental). Lights!!
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    I write programs mostly in RPGLE.
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  1. MikeKrebs

    Grand Venture New unpainted molds!!

    They might be nice for some RGB illumination. Mix them in with the rest of the show. At one time I wanted to add a flock of snomingos with pixels inside. Thought it would look interesting having a bunch of multicolor birds in the yard.
  2. MikeKrebs


    is the garland uv protected? if used outside, can i expect several years seasonal use?
  3. MikeKrebs

    Starting New

    other sources of pixel products include crockett fantasy of lights, diyledexpress, holiday coro, ray wu and scottled. and there are starting to be many choices on amazon and ebay. I have pixels from holiday coro, diyledexpress, and ray wu. all work fine. two other considerations... if you buy pigtails/ extensions from one vendor, do not expect them to work with other vendors pigtails / extensions. a 3 conductor pigtail is not a standard thing. second thing is to look out for what order the pixel is in. we refer to them as rgb generically but some come in other order (brg, grb, etc). you can adjust in software or in some controllers but you should be aware of the differences so you are not perplexed when you hook them up and things are "off". one more thought... if you are starting over and going with smart pixels and not looking at lor, do look into vixen and/or xlights for sequencing. both are good at sequencing and support is excellent on their forums.
  4. MikeKrebs

    Roof light clips

    Sorry to hear of the unexpected damage to your house. I don't have a suggestion on specific clips. I do applaud your thinking and suggest you add a couple of permanent anchors so you can be safe up there. If nothing else pops up, I would think some large diameter eye hooks might work. I was envisioning running pieces of 1/2" pvc through them to create a base to connect everything else to.
  5. MikeKrebs

    Starting New

    From your video, I have the impression you might enjoy building props. you went farther with the mega tree, the star yup on the roof was great, the mini trees at the various angles, the globes out front. very nice. your new house looks very nice for displaying elements. here is my thought... you should go pixels and start by building something to hang on the walls (I saw snowflakes whenI looked at your house but angels, stars, bells, holly, mini trees, wreaths all would work great) . use standard ws2811 pixels so that they work with any 2811 pixel controller. as to sequencing software, i understand lor has a new version that includes a version of xlights integrated or use xlights for free. after you get your feet on the ground, do a house outline next year. after that add some yard art (a dozen wire frames would look great) and finish up year four with window and door outlines and wall washers.
  6. MikeKrebs

    Easter 2018

    love how you created scenes. very nice. Nice thing about blow molds is how they are "something" even during the day. In this case, even better than at night probably.
  7. MikeKrebs

    Lot of blow molds for sale help!

    For those zip code challenged individuals, 48045 is north side of Detroit.
  8. MikeKrebs

    thinking of getting LOR but nervous

    start a new topic for this please
  9. MikeKrebs

    Help a new guy get setup.

    Have you built your tree yet? if not, here are my 2 cents worth. the tree will not look really good for sequencing without many channels. However! you can make 8 or 12 work if you run them up and over in effect creating a two sided display and doubling the effects. Use multiple strands for each channel to add fullness. another "cool" thing on any megatree is to run returns back to the center. Build your base a foot or more above ground level and bring the strand back to the center pole.
  10. MikeKrebs

    Where is the best place to order 30/30 or 60/60 strips?

    some other sources: diyledexpress (may have to wait until he clears presales), ebay, amazon, ray wu (other aliexpress sellers), adafruit, sparkfun.
  11. MikeKrebs

    Need Rope Light

    Birddog distributing. I have a roll but it is not deployed so can't say how it holds up. Looks good on the roll! Nm. They appear to be out of your clear as well.
  12. MikeKrebs

    HELP!!! plz

    Yes and yes. If you have 4 available channels and your lights for the roof are in a position to dance, I would use 4. As you know, it is much easier to do one because only one power cord would be needed. If you use a single channel for them, consider making it part of a bass line. I would usually use lower items for that, but as a single line, it should not be too blinky in general. A cool effect that using the height gets you is to code up and down (front to back) sequences. Physical and different logical layout are usually not a problem. You can split the arches across controllers.
  13. MikeKrebs

    HELP!!! plz

    This is "easy" because you already have props. You have 48 channels total? Arches 3x8=24. Mini trees 4x4=16. There's 40. We are almost done. 8 on the mega tree. Ouch! Guessing you wanted some channels for some other props... Arches...wire all three together so they only take 8 channels. Mini trees. Look best if you can dance them and change color so leave them on their own controller. 8 channels on the mega tree is minimum in my mind. You could get to 4 but they look stupid of you ask me. So now you have 16 channels for your 4 groups of four. I think i would do four strings or nets on the lot line hedges. Will that large shrub lose its leaves?I would do 4 horizontal bands on the base and 4 vertical bands on the top portion. That leaves one group of four for window, door,window and garage door. Sleigh and Reindeer are not part of animated show but can be set out to the right of driveway if you want. Good luck. Let us know what you decide by sharing a picture or video.
  14. MikeKrebs

    coro snowflakes!

    Try boscoyostudios.com