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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 dusty_dad

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The first one
  • Location
    Columbus Ohio
  • Biography
    Born in 1971 in small-town Ohio, went here and there graduated from The Ohio State University with undergrad received Masters From Concordia University Portland.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lighting, Audiophile, Musician, designer
  • Occupation
    Industrial Technology Education Teacher (Shop Teacher)
  • About my display
    Twisting out of the off the shelf Big Box store stuff to more professional Custom computer controlled display. I have won my neighborhood display contest for several years and I am looking forward to learning from all of you.

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  1. dusty_dad

    MR Grinch Mega Tree only

    My First Year doing Pixel Lights and this is the Mega Tree still figuring how to take in a distance shot and get the details in the Mega Tree with out the light bloom. Ho, Ho, Hoey's Mr Grinch is the song playing.
  2. My First Year doing Pixel Lights
  3. dusty_dad

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    MY first year into the Pixel Light/Controller set up replacing the 6 channel Showbox on Left Next Year. IMG_5516.MOV