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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.
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About Buckeyelights

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  • Birthday 12/18/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    riding around looking at Christmas lights
  • Location
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Biography
    A crazy holiday displayer, my daughter's description.
  • Interests
    running, particulary trail running and of course holiday displays
  • Occupation
    Construction manager
  • About my display
    I've been decorating for the holidays since I was a teenager, that's 40+ years. I guess you could say our display's specialize in handmade wood cut-outs.

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  1. Buckeyelights

    Need advice

    Hi Rotatorman,, try emailing in the pictures to yourself. That often gives you the option to select the size of photo you want to send.
  2. Buckeyelights

    LIGHT UP OHIO 2018

    Sure can! Most of the presentations and activities will be on Saturday, May 12th.
  3. Buckeyelights

    LIGHT UP OHIO 2018

    Spring Hill Lodge within Sharon Woods Metro Park, located in Westerville, Ohio; a suburb on the NW side of Columbus. It's a good time with lots of great people.
  4. Buckeyelights

    New Winfield pattern, a helicopter

    I like the improvements suggested by Mickeymatic. it's likely very heavy to hang; take a very sturdy support system to get it up in the air. Instead of hanging, easier to build a support under the helicopter, paint the support black, to give it the illusion it's flying. I'm even wondering how to move it around due to the weight and size. Would a person would need a small trailer-like thing to move it on?
  5. This would be really fun prop to build and cool to display. However storage would be tough, very tough. https://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/product/North-Pole-Express-Helicopter-Plan/New-Woodcraft-Patterns Maybe modify the windows and use Plexiglas, so there could be lighting inside the helicopter. Tks! Joe
  6. Buckeyelights

    Plywood Santa

    Another method to save the pattern is to get a roll of wide tracing paper. Any place that makes blueprints for architects & engineers will sell a wide roll of tracing paper and I'd imagine most art supplies stores too. Simple trace the outline of the different colors and pieces, then transfer those lines onto a newly painted white surface. Of course take pictures, like suggested above, for color match. Good luck!!!!
  7. Buckeyelights

    Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    Interesting! Do you have a link to the mounting "screw"? Where did you get them?
  8. Buckeyelights

    need help in ohio

    Hi bigbuck, Welcome to the PC forum from a fellow Buckeye. As far as building your own controller, I don't have a clue. I think you'll have a better response from one of these DIY forums: http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/ http://diylightanimation.com/index.php Good Luck!!!
  9. Buckeyelights

    My Score but need advice

    I like and use this manager: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/product/3178/Nativies-Angels-Woodcraft-Patterns
  10. Buckeyelights

    Santa tracking center using tv dish

    I remember it. There was a full command center along with the satellite tracking device. Very cool. I can't find it either.
  11. Buckeyelights

    Made these plywood cutouts

    very nice!!! I like them a lot!
  12. Buckeyelights

    Light Up Ohio 2017

    Have you seen the agenda for LUO? There are some awesome topics and speakers. Not registered, sign up today. It promises to be a fun event. Register here: LUO2017.Whindo.com AGENDA: Friday, June 2nd: XLights & LOR Living Peacefully Together... by Clyde Lindsey Do you use XLights and want to add LOR or you use LOR and want to add XLights, but not sure how or they just don't seem to play nice with each other?? Then this session you won't want to miss!! Clyde is going to go over the "Tips & Tricks" on getting LOR & XLights to work together! Be sure to bring your Laptop!!! Saturday, June 03, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Opening Announcements 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM INTERNET CONTROLLED CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Tom Hammond Tom will outline how to create an internet controlled, interactive Christmas light display, based on "FREE" software (Xlights and Falcon Player) and "Low-Cost" hardware (Raspberry Pi and Arduino). 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Pixels on a Budget by David Jones David is the "guru" of DIY, and he will show you how to have the Holiday show of your dreams, and not break the bank! 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Group Photo & Lunch!!! 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Raspberry Pi by Dan Blickensderfer You just got your new Raspberry Pi, now what? Let Dan show you how to set it up and control your lights wirelessly. 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Dumb RGB's by Clyde Lindsey Clyde will show you the many advantages of using "Dumb RGB". 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The White Elephant Gift Exchange!! If you would like to participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange, just bring a "wrapped" gift with you. It can be something from your own collection or something purchased...the choice is yours! It's always a blast!! 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Door Prizes & Closing Statements
  13. Buckeyelights

    Light Up Ohio 2017

    WOW!!! That's great! Thank you LOR!!
  14. Buckeyelights

    4' and 6' LED Twig Trees in Multi Color and White for Sale

    if the tree is 4' or 6' tall, it appears the lighted branches are only about 12" -18" tall. Most of the height is in the tree trunk.
  15. Buckeyelights

    Motorizing a cutout

    The Winfield Collection has several patterns that feature a waving motion or an up and down motion. They include a kit with all the parts and an AC motor. You could relatively easy adopt one of those kits. Good luck!
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