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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.
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  • 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.



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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to have a favorite.
  • Location
    Madison, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    I have been putting a static display since 1996. In December 2006, I found Planet Christmas and came to the realization that I too, could have a animated display, so I took the plunge! Now I'm hooked, LOL! This is a wonderful hobby!!! Now spring forward to 2016 and I'm going to try something that is new to me...Pixels!
  • Interests
    Collecting Coca-Cola & Sci-Fi memorabilia, and of course... animated Christmas lights!
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  • About my display
    07 was my 1st year for animation. I had 40 channels & 13,900 lights. For 08, I had 88 channels & approx. 30K lights. No display for 2009. For 2010, I will have 200+ channels & roughly 40K lights (80% LED). This season will bring significant changes to my display...Pixels. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it!
  1. LIGHT UP OHIO 2018

    Registration for LUO 2018 is now open... http://luo2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2443480-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=a02374cd0ef4e13 We are having the Meet & Greet Friday Evening 6pm @ Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. If you planning on coming, we ask that you register, so that we can give the restaurant a more accurate count of how many people are coming. Remember, this is a Friday evening and they are quite busy at dinner time!!http://meet-greet2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx
  2. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Light-Up-Ohio 2017 is 3 weeks from today! If you are planning on attending but haven't registered yet, don't wait too much longer...time is getting thin and seats are filling up!! Get your registration in today www.luo2017.whindo.com!!
  3. Light Up Ohio 2017

    A quick reminder... If you're planning to attend LUO this year and would like to get our collectible T-Shirt, you have 2 weeks left to do so! Last day for the T-Shirt option is May 19th. Regular registration will still be available after the 19th, but don't wait to long to register...seats are filling up quickly!! www.luo2017.whindo.com
  4. Light Up Ohio 2017

    LUO 2017 is just a little over a month away! Are you planning on attending? Have you registered yet or still on the fence? We have a lot planned for our 2-day event, that you won't want to miss out on!! You can see all the details..."Right Here" Have questions...feel free to ask! We are looking forward to a great weekend!!
  5. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Are you ready for LUO 2017?? We now have the Agenda at the registration site...Check it out!!
  6. Light Up Ohio 2017

    Are you ready for Light-Up-Ohio 2017 !! We are happy to announce...Registration is now OPEN at www.luo2017.whindo.com We are still working on the Agenda's for Friday & Saturday and will have them posted as soon as they are finalized!! We have a great weekend shaping up and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there!! Any questions...please feel free to ask!
  7. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Good Morning, The Agenda for Light-Up-Ohio 2016 is now posted at the registration site www.light-up-ohio.whindo.com We would also like to remind everyone (if you haven’t registered yet) that if you would like the optional T-Shirt with your registration, you have 2 weeks left to do that. The last day for “Registration + T-Shirt” is May 7th, 2016 @ 12 midnight. Regular registration will go on right up to the event date. We are having the White Elephant Gift Exchange. If you have been in one, you know it’s a lot of fun!! If you would like to participate, bring a “wrapped” gift with you. It can be an item from your collection or something bought. If choosing the latter, you can spend as much as you like, but the general rule-of-thumb, is up to $20 Still undecided about attending?? Don’t wait to long, seats are filling up rather quickly!!
  8. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Well folks, Light-Up-Ohio 2016 is exactly one month away from today! We have a two-day event lined up this year, starting with the intense Nutcracker session on Friday May 13th and the main event on Saturday the 14th. The Agenda for the main event is getting close to being finished and we'll have it posted as soon as it's done!! Have you made your plans to attend? Have you registered yet? If not, don't wait too long or you will miss out...and we don't want that! Have questions...feel free to ask! We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!!! www.light-up-ohio.whindo.com
  9. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Good Morning! We are happy to announce that registration for Light Up Ohio 2016 is now Open!! Click here We still have some updates that will be added/posted as soon as they become available, but in the mean time, if you’re planning on attending our event, why not go ahead and get your tickets now! We have a fun & educational day planned and look forward to seeing everyone there!
  10. Light Up Ohio 2016 is Coming!!!!

    Good Afternoon! We are planning an intense Nutcracker Session on Friday afternoon May 13th, that’s the Friday before Light Up Ohio, which is on the 14th. If you are interested in attending, do let us know as we are in the process of locating a facility and knowing roughly how many people to expect will be a big help!
  11. Light-Up-Ohio 2015

    There has been an oversight on LUO's part, we forgot to mention Christmas-LEDs.com as a supporting vendor of Light Up Ohio. We are truly sorry for this and want to say Thank You to them!!! Also, we have all the pictures from the event posted at the link below. They are on Facebook and you can still see them even if you're not signed up on FB. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Light...=photos_stream
  12. Light-Up-Ohio 2015

    Light Up Ohio 2015... It seemed like it took for ever for it to get here, but it sure was a great day, a lot of fun and some really good presentations!!! So we want to say "Thank You" to Ed Brady, Dan Blickensderfer, David Jones and Richard Renn. You guys did an awesome job with your presentations, they were so informative!!! We also to say "Thank You" to all of our supporting vendors.. Wow Lights - Action Lighting - Bronners - Wire Frame D'Lites - 3G Lighting Creations - Sans Devices - Reinders - Christmas Light Show - Light-O-Rama - Boscoyo Studio - Holiday Coro and Creative Displays!! All of the products that we received to look at 1st hand, which we know sparked a lot of ideas for new projects, and then to be able to give them away as door prizes, was just amazing!! A big "Thank You" to the LUO Team - Bill Hoffman, Joe Erdeljac, Gary & Lynn Levelius, Richard & Beth Renn, John & Jason Pavlek and Terry Robinson... You guys Rock!!! Thank you for everything! And the last but not least... "Thank You" to everyone who attended Light Up Ohio. We hope that all of you enjoyed the day, made some new friends and learned some new things that you can apply to your displays this year!!
  13. Light-Up-Ohio 2015

    Light Up Ohio is almost here... this Saturday! We're going to talk about Pixels, DMX, E1.31, FM Transmitters, XLights & Nutcracker, and who knows what others subjects might be discussed?!?! Mix in some food & lots of fun and you have the makings for a great day! If any of this sounds interesting and something you'd like to be part of, then all you have to do is go to www.lightupohio.whindo.com and register, it's that easy! See you this Saturday!!
  14. Light-Up-Ohio 2015

    Light Up Ohio is exactly 1 week from today!! Are we getting excited yet? We have a great day planned, so if you're coming to our event but haven't registered yet.. the clock is ticking, better get your registration in, or risk losing out!!! www.lightupohio.whindo.com Our Meet-n-Greet is this coming Friday, May 15th @ 6PM, at the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurant. This is always a good time & good food! If you plan to attend (but didn't tell us), we need to know ASAP!!... We have to inform the restaurant of how many guests to expect. We will be having the Swap Meet throughout the day of LUO, so if you have something you'd like to sell, by all means, bring it along. We are having the White Elephant Gift Exchange, which is lots of fun! If you'd like to participate, just bring a "wrapped" gift with you to the event. It can be something from your own collection or a purchased item.. the choice is yours!! It's going to be a great day and we hope to see all of you there!!! www.lightupohio.whindo.com
  15. Light-Up-Ohio 2015

    Light Up Ohio is 2 weeks away! Are you planning on attending? Are you registered yet? Whether you're new to the hobby or a seasoned veteran or anywhere in between, you're sure to meet a lot of talented people who can answer your questions. So what are you waiting for, get you registration in, before it's to late! Hope to see everyone there!! www.lightupohio.whindo.com