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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 DanoNJ

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  • Birthday 09/01/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Monroe Twp, NJ
  • Biography
    been active in displays since I was a kid
  • Interests
    Boating, building
  • Occupation
    Premium Auditor
  • About my display
    I live in Monroe Twp, Middlesex County, NJ. I will have for 2009 approx 20K lights, computer animated lighting sequences, and several animated (movers) cutouts which include: roof top waving Santa, teddy bear see/saw, waving large stuffed bear, mini merry-go-round, juggling snowman, Jack in the Box, dancing reindeer and a very large toy factory which has two elves that move and appear to be making toys, a 'conveyor' that has gifts which appear to move along and drop into a Santa bag, arches and lolly pops. There are several snowflakes on the roof with a Bethlehem Star. Several other items should include gum drops that frame the house and large snow balls suspended from the trees that have internal lights that change colors. And I now have choir peeps!

    Last year I earned First Place in the township decorating contest and have placed each of the last several years.

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  1. DanoNJ

    Announcing the 11th Annual Virginia Mini on May 19,

    Have a great time and post some pictures!!
  2. DanoNJ

    TriState / Jersey mini 2018

    Since your brackets are busted and your teams are on their way home, might as well sign up for the Jersey mini today!!
  3. DanoNJ

    TriState / Jersey mini 2018

    You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/ I received a nice note from someone who will be attending the mini this year, which they stated they are new and very much looking forward to the event. Got me thinking, if you are relatively new to the hobby, I don't want you to think this will be only for those that have been around for a while. Please sign up!! You will never again have the opportunity this year to talk in person to those that have the answers to all your questions!!! April 14th is right around the corner!!! Hope to see all of you there!! As a matter of fact, if you're an old cranky vet of the hobby. you still have things to learn. So you might as well sign up also!!
  4. DanoNJ

    TriState / Jersey mini 2018

    Registration is now open! Visit the web page below to sign up. This year’s event will be held on April 14th at Pierre's in the Dayton section of So Brunswick. The site is easily accessible from the NJ Turnpike and Route 130. Doors open at 9:30, presentations start at 10am, lunch around 12:30 and we wrap up at about 5 or so. Cost this year is $50 per person. I have made every effort to keep the cost down. Agenda is still in the works. I think we are going to have a very loose agenda this year with a few presentations early in the day and then possibly some smaller group discussions on topics of interest that were brought up via the survey. At least, I hope we can accomplish this. With that said, I encourage you all to bring along something you’re proud of or made or possibly an item that others have made mention of here. Check with me if you have any questions. . In years past, is seems like people enjoy the milling around between stations and being able to have more time to talk to one another. I’m open to anyone that would like to be a presenter. I’ll post some topics soon, or if you have one, let me know. For those coming in from a distance, hotel arrangements have been made with a slightly reduced rate at the Renaissance/ South Brunswick, same hotel as the past 2 years. You will find a link on the web page that will assist in making the reservations or simply call the hotel – number on the web page. The reduced rate covers room bookings for Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday, as I’m aware some may come in earlier. Red Cup Social will of course be held on Friday night. The restaurant will be announced soon. Everyone will well come to attend. There is still a lot of work to be done prior to the event, so please stay tuned. The web site will be updated accordingly throughout prior to the date of the event. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/tristatemini2018 You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/
  5. with any new migration, all I ask is that old material is not lost. Last time we had a change here, I lost not only most of my PM's which contained some great info from members who are now deceased, but also there are many older posts that no longer have the pictures or links. This alone was very upsetting.
  6. DanoNJ

    Juggling Snowman

    For some reason, I just stumbled upon this thread. Your version came out wonderful. And thanks for the initial credit!
  7. DanoNJ

    How to lock a LOR Residential controller?

    In all due respect, what you really want to lock down is the entire box. I doubt someone would take the time to open the box and undo the controller. If you are concerned, you will need to attach the entire box to something, like a tree or fence post, via a cable to chain.
  8. DanoNJ

    Jersey / TriState mini date set

    Just about a week away, from the event day!! Still time to sign up. We are having a great presentation on wifi and Falcon Player along with running your show with a PI, some beginner and on up discussions on XLights, possibly some talk on animatronics in your display (if the this poster can find some time), video mapping and more I can't recall right now. Swap Meet - bring along your unwanted items or cash to buy someone else's unwanted items!!! Some wonderful vendors have gone out of their way once again for us with some door prizes: I'd like to thank Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, Demented Elf James @ Boscoyo Studios, Dan and Mary @ LOR, just to name a few. (Hint - if you are a vendor and would like to show off some of your stuff or just support the event, I'm still accepting door prizes) If you're local, what else do you have to do on a Saturday - grass isn't even growing yet. If you're out of town, nice day for a ride. I can guarantee you will have a great time and heck, may even learn something. Registration: http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html
  9. DanoNJ

    Jersey / TriState mini date set

    I'd like to thank LOR for their support of the event with a door prize. Along with them are: Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, James @ Boscoyo Studios Less than 2 weeks away - still time to sign up! http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html
  10. This year's mini date has been set for 4/22/17 to be held in Cranbury, NJ. I have attached a proposed agenda to this thread. Over the years, this event has proven to be one of the most popular. If you area a seasoned vet or just starting out, you will walk away from here learning something! If nothing else, you will gain a few new friends in the community. registration will open soon. Here is a link to the FB page which has more info. (if you need access, let me know) https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/ Tri State Christmas proposed agenda 2017.pdf
  11. DanoNJ

    Lemax Inspired

    So far, so good!
  12. DanoNJ

    10' Mega- Tree Base

    No guy wires and you're looking for a problem - just in case wind storm come in. PVC is not really all that strong
  13. Wiper motor is your best bet.