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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.

Luke Kamp


Luke Kamp last won the day on October 28 2017

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About Luke Kamp

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    formerly "lkcubsrule"
  • Birthday 09/01/1992

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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    I don't have a display, but I install for others.

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  1. Luke Kamp

    FM Transmitter suggestions

    EDM sells some high quality transmitters, and you can get their lowest model for $151. I just ordered one and I've found the quality to be excellent.
  2. Luke Kamp

    Midwesterner's Mega Trees

    Mine has been extremely stable. However, my spiral is beginning to unwind, and it doesn't look as perfect as it did over Thanksgiving weekend.
  3. Luke Kamp

    Ice 2012

    Getting excited! I will be there if work lets me off.
  4. Luke Kamp

    My First Spiral Ropelight Tree

    Very cool Speedyken. I just saw this thread for the first time today. A few years back I built some spiral trees because a, I couldn't justify purchasing overpriced trees and b, I needed smaller ones. I took to upside down tomato cages and produced done 3.5' trees. They used the same concept of ziptying to the vertical parts. Fortunately because they have a hollow inside, they stack nicely for storage. How are you planning to store them, or do they break down easily? Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S
  5. Luke Kamp

    Just Curious About Spirals

    Randy, how many vertical steel cables did you have? and I assume they were just attached to the PVC?
  6. Luke Kamp

    Do Rope Lights Count In Light Total

    Of course rope light counts! Now if you want to get all technical, LEDs actually don't count because they're technically not "lights" (diodes, rather)...but they still produce light But we still count them.
  7. Luke Kamp

    Random Leds Failing

    A year or two back, my mom went to Walmart and purchased like 6 strands of white teardrop LEDs. We've used them on our indoor tree for a few years...so they've not been exposed to the elements. This year, as we plugged them in, random LEDs are really dim; others are completely off. There's no said pattern -- it's completely random. These are half wave...but it just seems bizarre that random LEDs would just shut off like this! I've included a picture for reference. Anyone have an idea of what is happening? I've never seen this before.
  8. Luke Kamp

    6" Or 12" Spacing For Roof Line?

    I use the "multipurpose clips" that are sold across a number of chain stores -- I've seen them at HD, Menards, etc. The reason I use them instead of roof clips is because I install lights on roof lines and gutters, so a uniform clip that works on both solves my problem. have C9s, but I'm sure my clips would work with C7s. Here's what they look like: Like I said, they work on both shingles and gutters. Here is how I use them: And finally, I use 12" spacing on my C9s (6" between red and green; 12 inches between like colors) and I feel that it produces a good enough effect.
  9. Luke Kamp

    Why Not Spt-1?

    I use SPT-1 because it is cheaper, and the maximum power input to a LOR channel is ~8 amps, so you shouldn't be putting that much through it anyway. I at most have 5 amps to one channel....you don't really need SPT-2 unless you're doing long runs or static stuff. And you shouldn't be using it for main controller lines unless you're running LEDs. Some people prefer the "protection" factor, I prefer the price....and my setup doesn't really call for it.
  10. Luke Kamp

    Wizards Of Winter, Really

    Here's my 2009; the same as 2010. http://vimeo.com/10299331
  11. Luke Kamp

    Cross Topper On Mega Tree

    Very nice concept! I like it.
  12. Luke Kamp

    Just Wanted To Say Hello....

    Welcome back Steven!
  13. I just about called you crazy before I read this! Come to central Indiana...I live here now and would love to see you perform!
  14. Luke Kamp

    A Song You Might Enjoy

    Very cool, I like it!
  15. Luke Kamp

    Christmas In July

    Looks nice! I wanted to do that a few years back at my campground, but it didn't work out logistically. Glad you got it to work!