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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 Jeffrey

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  • Birthday 01/19/1970

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  • Location
    Maine, New York, USA
  • Biography
    Grew up in the '80s and loved it. I'm an '80s arcade game nut with a Christmas light problem. :D
  • Interests
    Kids, computer stuff, old video arcade games, and as my wifey says... "All things geeky!" ;o)
  • Occupation
    Telecom Tech
  • About my display
    We started with a Lights and Sounds of Christmas in 2007 and then went to LOR in 2008. 2010 will have ~65,000 lights with 256 channels of LOR goodness. Check out our website for pictures and videos.

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  1. Jeffrey

    HLE C6 70 count LED - unused in the box

    Dang. Wish these were the M6 style. I'd make an offer on the rest of the red strands then. Good luck on the hip replacement.
  2. Jeffrey

    Making Cat5 Cable

    All I can say is I have used CAT3 cables I made myself for the last 7 years without any incidents. I also use flat cable for a small display in my basement during the off season. And a local store I helped with their lighting uses flat cable year round. If you get 1000' of CAT3 for free... there is no reason not to use it imho.
  3. Jeffrey

    Making Cat5 Cable

    Yep. You can even use flat, untwisted wire for LOR.
  4. Jeffrey

    Post up all you New Yorkers!

    Gotta say, you are starting it off right by planning this early. And having the family behind you will go a long way. Good luck, Jeff
  5. Jeffrey

    Our 2010 Christmas Lights.

    Finally uploaded more videos. They were all taken with our FujiFilm still camera this year due to my laziness. It's just so easy to point, shoot, and edit with this camera I can't justify getting the "good" camera out. Santa's Elves: http://www.vimeo.com/18330023 Music Box Dancer: http://www.vimeo.com/18330206 Frosty the Snowman: http://www.vimeo.com/18329936 Nutrocker: http://www.vimeo.com/17722988 Sandstorm: http://www.vimeo.com/17721900 Hot Chocolate: http://www.vimeo.com/17740942 A quick little walk-through of our display I made for someone who was interested in what goes on behind the scenes for a display: -Jeff
  6. Jeffrey

    Our 2010 Christmas Lights.

    Did a quick video of my favorite song for this year... Enjoy!
  7. Jeffrey

    Post up all you New Yorkers!

    Is your display up and running yet? The in-laws live down that way and we've swung by a few times. The kiddos love all your blowups and yard items. -Jeff
  8. Jeffrey

    Our 2010 Christmas Lights.

    We had a couple inches of snow last night so I figured I'd take some pictures of the display. I'm hopeful to get a video or two done tonight since the snow really helps make the colors pop when recording... but who knows. http://www.mainelights.org/Christmas2010Daylight/ Happy Holidays, Jeff
  9. Jeffrey

    Consensus on LED Strobes

    Yep, that's what you do. You can play around with the intensity and time also. I think I settled on 17% or 18% for .75s with mine. The one nice thing about LED strobes is you can get them all to flash in unison if you want a really big "flash". I love 'em.
  10. Jeffrey

    How to anchor mega tree?

    Just wanted to thank you for the link. I ended up ordering a few 40" long, 4" round earth anchors yesterday and they already showed up this morning. These things are monsters! Thanks again.
  11. Jeffrey

    Its time!!?

    I'll second this! Last year was really windy here, so much so it seemed like I was either raising or lowering the two mega-trees daily. I'm hoping to work on our window wreaths, icicle lights, and snowflake trails this weekend/week.
  12. Jeffrey

    Its time!!?

    Figured I'd bump this back to the top since... "It's Time!!!" My 8 year old daughter and I have been testing lights and repairing some of our 5' trees for a couple weeks here and today I got a jump on the roof lights.
  13. Jeffrey

    Came accross this on facebook...LED SALE!?

    Makes you wonder why this guy treats some people great while ignoring others. What a way to run a "business". -Jeff
  14. Jeffrey

    Came accross this on facebook...LED SALE!?

    Heh... I got a reply saying he would ship my LEDs over a week ago(which was two weeks after I placed the order for "in-stock" items). Good luck Steve. -Jeff
  15. Jeffrey

    Came accross this on facebook...LED SALE!?

    Just an update, I ended up writing him today to ask that my order be canceled if the lights hadn't already been sent and I almost instantly got an email reply saying "ok" and refund(PayPal e-check). -Jeff