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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 Rufio

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    Lubbock, Texas, USA
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    SUBA Diving, Dancing, Camping and Beer
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  1. Rufio

    Animated Nutcrackers Marching

    Thank you Scott!! Craig did a great job!!! I'll see if any of it will apply to my situation. Thanks again!!
  2. This year I'm adding to the display two six foot Nutcrackers. These guys will be my narrators and therefore I will make their mouths move, do the lip-sync thing! They will also have a drum and drumsticks. All that is the easy part. Now for the big question. I want to be able to make them march in place, of course, along with parts of the music. Since this is viewed from the front I have found this to be a challenge to place the lights in the correct pattern to make it look right. It is simple from the side. I have two channels per leg, up and down. I've used cardboard and places lights in different patterns with varying results of which I am not pleased. Has anyone seen this done before, the marching in place so I may get a better idea of how they may have gone about it? Thanks for the advice in advance, and hope all your plans for your Christmas displays are going great, and that we are having FUN! Ralph
  3. Good information Terry. I'm greatful for the advise. I have a few new things to check on this week to get the project up and running. Looks like your good with building the motorized things, this will be my first. Thanks again for all the help and advise!! Ralph
  4. I was going to check with a company that puts in the openers for a living and see what they had in the way of used GD openers. Since I need at least 10 if not 12 feet of movement I will need to add chain/belt and extend the drive pole. That should not be to hard. As far as clinate it is very dry here. I'm in west Texas. Thanks Chuck, you've been a great help!!!
  5. "Now as for the hinged panel I would use a pair of satellite dish actuators." Now there is something I would not thougt of. I know where I can get one free. I will have to see if it works. Then find another with the same throw. Thanks for the good idea Bill!! Ralph
  6. Now that is a great Idea. Cost effective too. Thanks I will chek into that!! Ralph
  7. Hello, I want to try to build something this year that I have never tried before, but I certain I will be able to complete it with a little help and advise. The project consist of a 8x4 plywood bottom platform that will move forward in a track about 10 feet. The platform will have a back portion that will rest on top of the bottom section by 6 inches. The back will be hinged so it can raise up to its upright position resting in a "L" shape. This will serve as a stage for certain figures that will be lighted for parts of the show. However I want it to be able to close and move back when not in use. So, here are my questions; 1. What type of motor do I use, AC or DC? How large of a motor do I need? Platform weight is about 60 or 70 pounds, but travels on wheels inside a steel track. 2. I was planning on using a cable to pull the platform forward. It would wind up on a spool and it would be able to pull up the back of the platform to its upright position when in the forward position. However, How do I get it to return? Do I use a spring of some sort? Ten feet is a long way and a big spring. I thought of using some type of chain instead of cable like bicycle chain, but that would be very expensive but I believe it would work in both direction. Right? 3. Then how do I get the motor to stop in the forward position and in the back resting position. There must be limit switches out there for this type of thing. And, will the motor auto reverse when it is turned on and off each time? As you can see I've never worked with these types of motors and contraptions. Any advice will be greatly appreciated as to the best place to buy and how to build the above. I know many of you have completed things of this nature before and I can learn a great deal form you. Thanks for you advise and help in advance!!! Best wishes, Ralph