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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 als_xmas

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  • Birthday 09/10/1949

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  • Location
    Roswell, GA, USA
  • Biography
    Ambitious, Hard-working
  • Interests
    Billiards, Gardening, Poker
  • Occupation
    President, uSAVEm.com, Internet Sales
  • About my display
    Just building 1st display and learning ALOT... a newbie for sure! LOL
  1. als_xmas

    Christmas Display items for sale - LEDs and LORs

    At this time, we are only selling the video projector along with the main Hopperama portable control unit. If I decide in the future to sell it separately, I will contact those that sent messages to me. Thanks so much.
  2. After several years in making so many children of all ages happy, I've decided to sell of my Christmas display items. If you search YouTube for “Hopperama”, you can review my videos showing most of items that we had in our display. MANY of the items are LEDs or LEDS added/attached (like the reindeers, angels and candles). In summary, we had about 60,000 total lights displayed in various items. In addition to the thousands of used lights, we also have extra new items in boxes that can be used to add to an existing display. Items are located in Roswell and if you have any sincere interest, please text me or call and leave me a message. I am available and can meet you anytime during the day or in the evening to show you the items. I usually do not answer the phone unless it is a number that I recognize. Thanks so much, Al Hopper, Cell 404-408-1024 Here are the main areas that represent what I will be selling: Portable All-In-One Light-O-Rama Controller Multiple used yard items used for the display New and used light strings (used will be tested) Large wiring harnesses all from SPT2 cord Mega-tree: top, box for 2 controllers and 32 extension cords Main chassis Rack mounted- 4 Sturdy 3" Steel Lockable Wheels Diamond plate on sides to protect interior parts Houses Computer, 100W Stereo, LOR Controllers 17-Chauvet Power Panels w/integrated Channel lights Each unit has 8 light in front and 8 plugs in rear Each master unit has fan for improved cooling 5-'Master' Light-o-Rama Controllers (16ea=80) 2-'Slave' Light-O-Rama Controllers (16ea=32) 3-Expansion slots for 24 additional channels Infinite expansion to "n" channels via network Computer Rack mount laydown with power on/off reset ASUS Motherboard AMD A6-w/6 cores, 3500 MHz Radeon R5 Video interface 8GB Ballistix memory (2-4GB DDR3)-1866MHz 250 GB SSD Drive Hitachi 450MB hard drive (For Backup) CD Rom-16X Sound interface to FM transmitter LOR USB Connector &Voltage Booster Video console/keyboard/mouse Set fo 3 PC speakers with dial/volume 3 Chassis fans for improved circulation Software Windows 10 w/latest updates installed Firefox 64-bit Roboform password security software ** Light-O-Rama development software 100's of Christmas Music MP3s/WAVs LOR Sequences for show-easily changed Videos LOR integrated with songs Video Panasonic Commercial LCD Video Projector PT-LB90NT Extemely clear,vivid video output @3500 Lumens 80" x 36' High Quality Video screen (16x9) 50' Video and power cable assembly Stereo 100W Gem Sound Professional Amplifier Delivers crystal clear sound of MP3/WAV files Set of 2 Quality Outdoor Rock Speakers FM Transmitter Select from a variety of channels 3- Red LED Bows $10.00 Trike loaded with 200+ LEDs $20.00 Set of 3 boxes + 3D boxes $20.00 Stars with Rope lights $20.00 3-Angels filled with LEDs $20.00 2 Large LED Hanging Icicles to hang $25.00 2-Small 3' Trees loaded with LEDs for porch entrance $25.00 2-Large Plastic Aliens (Roswell) that light up and glow $25.00 2 Large Deer - one animated with moving head $35.00 FM Radio Sign with Glass Front/Fancy Panel +2ch (200+) LEDs $40.00 2 Sets of 3 Candles stuffed with multiple sets of LEDs $50.00 1-set of 8-channel leeping lights $50.00 20+ Large Star LEDs to hang from trees $50.00 17.5' + (7'x2) Garage border assembly -550 red+green C7 LEDs $60.00 2-Breast Cancer Awareness w/350 Pink Globe LEDs $100.00 16 Reindeer with White and 70 LEDs $100.00 HUGE Outside Wreath w/Lit Candles C7 LEDs and Red LED Berries $100.00 8-8 Foot poles each with hundreds of multi-colored LEDs $120.00 Mega-tree: top, box for 2 controllers and 32 extension cords $150.00 -----------
  3. als_xmas

    Might need a new dongle or controller!

    I might be able to help you as I have an extra dongle... but call me first. I sent you email also..
  4. als_xmas

    2009 roll call for lights

    It's been hectic here almost every night. Been having lots of fun with our 60,000 light display this year. Completed the DVD and delivered it to several Children's Hospitals for children to enjoy. In addition to the 800+ children here in Atlanta at 4 locations, we extended out and sent DVDs (through my elves) to Durham, NC; Kansas City, KS; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Columbus, OH; and Savannah, GA. We should approach 2000+ this year. For more details, pictures, and videos , see www.facebook.com/alhopper Next week we plan to get out and see some of the displays. Happy Holidays! Al
  5. als_xmas

    1st 11 Alive Christmas Display Contest Winner

    The links I initially provided ONLY work from the myspace page so I deleted them. Go to the first blog on myspace.com/alhopper and it will work. Thanks so much for telling me about this. Regards, Al
  6. We primarily put together our light show for the children's enjoyment, but suddenly realized that it's impossible for hospitalized children to view it. We then arranged to have the 16-song, 45-minute show videotaped in Blue-Ray quality DVDs and made arrangements with our 3 local childrens hospitals to have them optionally transmit the recorded video into the rooms of all of the children multiple times a day on a specific channel shown on their room's TVs. Although alot of work, I can't wait to see their faces... and their happiness. Just thought some of you might want to consider doing that also. It makes all the hard work really pay off!! More details and updates on http://www.myspace.com/alhopper
  7. We sure had fun with this !! NBC 11-Alive Christmas Display Winner!! 1st 2008 Award presented .... And, later that same morning they shot this video. More details updated frequently on http://www.myspace.com/alhopper
  8. als_xmas

    Calling all Georgians, where is your display

    It is not necessary to be a MYSPACE member to view the videos. But, the site gets alot of traffic and is delayed at times... be patient, it will work eventually. You can also view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVlkn8bCLCQ Enjoy, Al
  9. als_xmas

    Calling all Georgians, where is your display

    We've had our display up since Thansksgiving and it's worked very well. We've been enjoying the happy faces and dancing that the kids do when the see it. I can't tell you how happy I am to have this all done Many thanks to several locals that helped out- especially Larry Cupp for providing several blow molds, 1000's of lights, and guidance. For right now, I've released just one video. After BlueRay DVDs are made, I'll post all of them as time permits. See blog, video, and pictures at http://www.myspace.com/alhopper I'll be trying to visit as many local display as I can... still fine-tuning all of the sequences. If you come over, be sure to ring the doorbell and say hi. Later, Al
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    Aweful quiet in GA land???

    Hi y'all This is out first year building a display and no one told us how much work it was going to be! We sure have learned alot from everyone. We started our controller design in January and finished it just last month- see pictures and video at www.myspace.com/alhopper We finished 13 windows using the Window Wonder product and are actively buidling the roof lighting structures, leaping lights,and mega tree... We will have 128 active Light-O-Rama channels and about 25,000 lights- give or take 10,000- LOL! Looking forward to meeting all of you someday. I was wondering if anyone ever considered a monthly meeting held locally at a different location to share ideas, spare parts, stories, and whatever? Regards, Al