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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 FrankAZ

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    Phoenix, AZ (Ahwatukee), Arizona, USA
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  1. FrankAZ

    second day, failed LED string !

    Overall from my LHL 2010 purchase - I lost a total three sets of green. Most of my failures were immediate (within a few weeks of use) and I have not continuing to see a trend of increased failures. Thankfully the loss was not as bad as my sets loss as the 2009 CDI ones (which out of 36 sets is now nearing 100% loss) My overall purchase was 5 sets each of 5mm red,green,blue, and warm white. 24 sets of 5mm red, 12 sets of each of red, green, blue, and warm white. One thing of interest to note: The UL code on the LHL lights does match the 2011 lights from CDI and 2012 and 2013 lights from Magic in the Sky. I finally did a proper replacement this year of the greens that had died from lights from a MITS order (ordered 4 sets of green, since I didn't remember how many had gone out) and also added snubbers to each output on the mini trees (48 channels.) I am a Vixen/DIY person - hardware is a mix of DMX and Renard 24 controllers. Hopefully this helps answer some questions! May not be the final answer, but, this is the experience I had.
  2. FrankAZ

    Can This Be Fixed

    Little bit of solder, coat with liquid electrical tape and a little piece of heat shrink tubing over the cut and you'll be fine. I've broken / cut / etc a few myself over the years, and they are fine. If you want to get "really" advanced, you can get adhesive lines heat shrink tubing (I've always had to by adhesive online) and it'll be a perfect waterproof seal.
  3. FrankAZ

    Acdc In Indy!

    Darn, its 1 week to early for me. I won't be arriving in Indy until the 29th!
  4. FrankAZ

    Mega Tree Base 3.0

    Its comming along - hope to have a completed base this weekend. Also started in on the "lift header" for the lights by rolling some 2" flat bar into a circle.
  5. FrankAZ

    Mega Tree Base 3.0

    Here's one of the 48 light balls.
  6. FrankAZ

    Mega Tree Base 3.0

    With 38,400 lights on it plenty tall I think topping out with the star around 65 feet. (50 ish feet lit)
  7. FrankAZ

    Mega Tree Base 3.0

    This will be my thirst mega tree base, and most likely the final one! Year 1 and 2: 1/2" PVC Year 3: 1/2" flat bar with weld tabls (worked better than I thought) Year 4: Rolled 1/2" square tubing The photo shows 160 feet of 1/2 steel tubing that has had a curve added to it! Next year I think I'll be remaking my leaping light arches out of steel pipe also (now that I have a roller to put a curve in steel.) The sections are 8' 3" each when cut down (so a 65' circumference on the tree) and will be welded and pinned together with internal pinning.
  8. FrankAZ

    Arizona Gathering

    Haven't seen much recently - it's been quiet here (and I haven't had the energy recently)
  9. FrankAZ


    I'm sure I can get a full nativity set into a USPS flat rate box.
  10. FrankAZ

    Chasing Lights In My River Bed

    After using motion lights for years - then went to LEDs. One trick I learned was I used 4 channels running random fades and then overlaid the lights and it gives a nice random flowing look.
  11. FrankAZ

    Spiral Tree Support Wires

    I've had good luck with pambina impex - ebay/web seller - for wire rope and supplies - pricing is a fraction of Home Depot/Lowes. I just purchased the 2500 ft roll of 1/16 for 92.
  12. Lots of steel and the use of electric winches! (for big trees and electric winch is awesome - my tree uses three)
  13. FrankAZ

    Load Limit On Guy Wires

    My tree (this years incarnation of it) will be topping out at 63 feet. I use a set of seven 3/16" guy wires, with a 4200lb breaking strength rating each (840lb working load limit.) Guys are anchored at the 25' and 55' points on the tower (wrapped around the tower poles) and the bottom anchor bolts (3/4" steel eyes set into 4' of concrete and rebar) 22 feet out from the tower base (far as I could go) and the base is anchored in a cubic yard of concrete and rebar. My thought - the stronger the better! Food for thought.... I have 384 sets of C6 LEDs on the tree, and I can have the tree in "storm" mode in less than 5 minutes. (all lights on the ground, and top of tree at 25')
  14. Nothing in my area either...... they used to have a neighborhood competition - then I moved in.
  15. FrankAZ

    Mits Light Order Update

    Mine came in today! Thanks again! This is 4 of the 12 cases I ordered! Now, time for 4000 zip ties to get put to good use.