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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.

Andy Anderson

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  1. The 11th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 19. Matthew Satterwhite has graciously offered to host the mini again this year. The location will be HanoverAcademy located at 115 Frances Road in Ashland, VA23005. HanoverAcademy is just off I95 in Ashland which is on the north side of Richmond. The minis are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiasts to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet other with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. We want to allow time for everyone attending to introduce themselves and tell us about their favorite display element. We want to give you a heads up so you can prepare to either bring the element or take pictures or videos of it and describe the details of how you built it and how it works. This could take some time, but we'll all learn so much more! Anything from your display that you would like to share with the group. Talk about why it is special to you, or why you made it, how you made it or anything you want to share about it. There is always a story to tell. We will provide drinks. Like last year we are asking everyone to bring some food to share with the group for lunch. Cost will be $5 per person to pay for use of the building. We will start with a meet and greet about 11:00 AM, with lunch at noon. Then start the mini at 1:00 PM and be over by 4:00 PM Matthew & I look forward to seeing everyone.
  2. Andy Anderson

    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    We had an excellent mini yesterday. Thank you to our sponsors Light O Rama, Creative Displays, Christmas Done Bright, Christmas Light Emporium and Paul Glancy.
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    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    Despite all the rain the Virginia Mini is still on for tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Drive safe.
  4. Andy Anderson

    new forum layout

    PM sent.
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    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    Al, Sorry to hear you will be there this year. Shawn, Hopefully you will make it this year, otherwise will see you next year. The mini is almost here.
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    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    Bill & Al, looking forward to seeing you again.
  7. Andy Anderson

    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    Always love tasting your baked goods.
  8. Andy Anderson

    11th Annual Virginia Mini

    It is time to start thinking about the 11th annual Virginia Mini. In past we have quite often held it the third Saturday in May. If we stick to that date the mini will be on Saturday May 19. That date is flexible depending on availability of a meeting place. As of yet no one has offered to host the mini this year. If anyone is interested in hosting the mini now is the time to volunteer. Yes, there is some work involved in hosting the mini. You will need to secure a location and some other items needed that day. If you are interested in hosting the mini please contact me via this thread or by private message.
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    11th Annual Virginia Mini

    Any interest in hosting the mini?
  10. Andy Anderson

    11th Annual Virginia Mini

    We are open to pretty much anywhere in Virginia. We have been to Gloucester, Fredericksburg, Culpeper & Richmond.
  11. Andy Anderson

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Things always slow down every year after Christmas.
  12. Andy Anderson

    Grinch cut outs

    Good work.
  13. Andy Anderson

    50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    Great work.
  14. Andy Anderson

    Glass Lantern Christmas Snow Scene #1

    That is good work.
  15. Andy Anderson

    10th Annual Virginia mini

    The 10th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, June 10. Matthew Satterwhite has graciously offered to host the mini again this year. The location will be Hanover Academy located at 115 Frances Road in Ashland, VA 23005. Hanover Academy is just off I95 in Ashland which is on the north side of Richmond. The minis are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiasts to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet other with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. We want to allow time for everyone attending to introduce themselves and tell us about their favorite display element. We want to give you a heads up so you can prepare to either bring the element or take pictures or videos of it and describe the details of how you built it and how it works. This could take some time, but we'll all learn so much more! Anything from your display that you would like to share with the group. Talk about why it is special to you, or why you made it, how you made it or anything you want to share about it. There is always a story to tell. We will provide drinks. Like last year we are asking everyone to bring some food to share with the group for lunch. Cost will be $5 per person to pay for use of the building. We will start with a meet and greet about 11:00 AM, with lunch at noon. Then start the mini at 1:00 PM and be over by 4:00 PM Matthew & I look forward to seeing everyone.
  16. Andy Anderson

    10th Annual Virginia mini

    Val at Christmas LEDs has also contributed a nice door prize for our mini. Matthew & I will be there at about 10 if anyone wants to come early and help set up.
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    10th Annual Virginia mini

    Al Thompson is planning on attending the mini and will be talking about his experiences on the Great Christmas Light Fight.
  18. Andy Anderson

    10th Annual Virginia mini

    Just two weeks until the mini. We will have a table set up for anyone wanting to sell something. If you have something you are not using go ahead and bring it to sell or trade or whatever. This is your mini. What ever you want Matthew and I will try to accommodate. The attendees are the ones who make the mini successful. Matthew and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year at the mini.
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    10th Annual Virginia mini

    We have also received a nice door prize from Christmas Done Bright. Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.
  20. Andy Anderson

    10th Annual Virginia mini

    We have two sponsors of the mini so far. Thank you to Light O Rama and 3G Lighting Creations for contributing some door prizes.
  21. Andy Anderson

    Show a picture of your nativity

    My nativity scene.
  22. Andy Anderson

    Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene

    That is a great nativity scene.
  23. Andy Anderson

    10th Annual Virginia mini

    A "yard sale" feature sounds good. We can dedicate a table or more if enough items are brought for sale. I am sure a lot of attendees have stuff they are not using and would like to sell to get more money to buy other Christmas items.
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    10th Annual Virginia mini

    Yes, we would welcome that. With all the experience we have in attendance we should be able to get most questions answered. Any volunteers?
  25. Andy Anderson

    Building of a Christmas Village in 2016

    Nice tutorial and great looking village.
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