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  • 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.
  • 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.



PhotoRay last won the day on February 9 2017

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About PhotoRay

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    So Cal
  • Biography
    Portrait Photographer
  • Interests
    Muscle Cars
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Just starting
  1. What is this?!

    Thanks! Not at all. With a miter saw and a good blade, it was done very quickly.
  2. What is this?!

    Here's a test run video and some snapshots...
  3. What is this?!

    A few additional pictures during assembly.
  4. What is this?!

    Finally getting close to the finish line. Prepped and painted today.
  5. What is this?!

    Using a 5v power supply, a K-1000C Controller and LEDEdit programming software.
  6. What is this?!

    Okay... slow to the finish line. Too overwhelmed last year with life. Finally started the programming for the new sequences. Here a test run!
  7. What is this?!

    98 nodes and about 40 nodes on a pixel strip that will go around the inside front edge.
  8. What is this?!

    Just think of the possibilities! :-) Minor progress. Inserting nodes into the back panel.
  9. What is this?!

    Sorry for the late response. I thought I had posted this a while back. No plans to use chrome paint. I think pixels will be bright enough on their own.
  10. What is this?!

    Great ideas, thanks Ted!
  11. What is this?!

    Parts are arriving and things are slowly coming together.
  12. Counting the days!

    Finally found a way to show video from this last years Christmas display.
  13. Hi all! I am starting my first foray into the world of smart pixels and need some recommendations. The attached image is what I will be attempting to duplicate. Mine will have about 100 pixel nodes in the inner part of the tree and a pixel strip running the entire inside diameter of the front (about 8 feet). I want to program both sets of pixels so they dance together. I'm not timing this to music, so that is not a consideration. I thought about using LOR's Cosmic pixel set and a Cosmic color ribbon but that seems kind of pricey. On the plus side... I already have four LOR controllers and a mp3 director, set up ready to go. I would like to set it up on a timer and let it do it's thing every night. I also just acquired a Raspberry Pi that is about three years old but have never used anything as bare bones as that. What would you recommend for hardware and software combinations? Keep in mind that I am a total newb with this tech. I appreciate any help that could get me started!
  14. What is this?!

    Will do... thanks Jeff!
  15. What is this?!

    So I want to make my own version of this tree with rgb pixel lights. I'm thinking of maybe using LOR's string of Cosmic Pixels since I already have a LOR setup. It will also need an outline with a pixel strip around the inside of the front plexi glass (2 props total - about 400 to 500 channels). The more I read about pixel setups, the more confused I get. Any suggestions on how to proceed and what hardware and software to use for a decoration like this? Thanks!