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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 shiner

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 06/13/1977

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  • Location
    Frisco, TX
  • Biography
    new to the hobby
  • Interests
    home theater
    home automation
  • Occupation
    project manager
  • About my display
    96 LOR channels
  1. shiner

    RGB Basics Video Series - Video #1

    This is great info! Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the series!!
  2. shiner

    Help with building Arches

    I second the arch sleeves! I made 4 this year that have 8 channels each and one strand of 100 count incadescents worked perfect per segment.
  3. shiner

    Scaling the Mega-tree

    not cost effective, but this was made for what you are looking to do. http://www.monkeyrackproductsllc.com/index.html Originally posted on lonestarholidays.com.
  4. shiner

    Tools for making C9 lights

    As a follow-up, I have been using the channel lock method and have also broken my fair share as well. I have a similar problem, but with existing C9 socket wire. I find that the wire separates from the prongs over time and the light goes out -- but the base is still securely in. So, I have to zip tie the wire up around the base of the socket to keep the connection. I have been trying to devise a way around this problem, but wonder if you also have this problem and how you solve it? Would it work to compress the socket, wire, and base and hot glue this at the point of connection? Oddly, my current solution is to rip the original socket off and install a retro C9 socket. The retro sockets are not giving me the same problem as the original sockets on the C9 roll. \/ \/ <-prongs ------ <-wire _____ <-base but I get on occation --\/ \/ <-prongs - ------- <-wire -\__/ <-loss of connection at one or both prongs __________<-base
  5. shiner

    CDI Laser Lights

    Paul, I, and several others, used lasers from cheaplights this year that were around $200 - and they did fantastic. The same lasers can now be had for less than $80. For me, the 6-900 range is out there. I know it would be commercial grade and weatherproof, but I can risk the $80 model several years before we make up the cost difference.
  6. shiner

    Walmart led's

    I also like the walmart LED's. I picked up a bunch after Christmas before my first animated year, and have to say they have done well. They ramp and fade with the best of them. Yes they are half wave, but I can only tell when I am installing them and am at that close of range. I use full wave strands for most of my stuff and have only purchased full wave from illumimax since the original walmart purchase, but I would say that for the money, they have been great and have not had any failures. The price is pretty much half of what the full wave strands cost, so I think they are a great option.
  7. shiner

    "Death of the Grid" is my goal

    Brian came to a local Texas Christmas Lights gathering and showed off the software. QUITE IMPRESSIVE! Since I don't own CCR's I wasn't aware of the challenge sequencers face with toys like this, but watching how Brian's app does it compared to the traditional methods, I can see why there is a need for something like this! Awesome article David, and a nice product Brian! Chris
  8. shiner

    LED C9 Users

    I outlined with sun warm white C9's last year and I really like it. I used the cable you propose with 12" spacing. In future years, I am looking to add red and green into the mix. The videos on my site show the C9's in action. My roof, flower bed and sidewalk, and windows are all outlined with the C9's. Chris
  9. shiner

    LED video curtain Part 3

    That is great! I could see using it in the summer for movie night on the street as well. Thanks!
  10. shiner

    Techno Jingle Bells

    I am a bit biased here, but I prefer jingle bass by bass hunter. there is a video on my site.
  11. shiner

    Cool white vs. Warm white?

    although I like seeing Fabian's cool white lights, we are a warm white family. We are not 100% LED yet, and while we transition, the warm while allows us to mix with incandescents nicely. The blue hue of the cool white is too much for me. Additionally, our entire neighborhood is incandescent, so we don't stick out too much by going with warm white. The blinky blinky is enough for people to know that something is up, but when we are "all on" during intermission, we look just like a normal house on the street. People are surprised when I tell them that I use C9 LED's. People in my area have only seen cool white LED at walmart and thought that was the only option. I am happy to tell them they have SEVERAL choices in LED (my C9's are sun warm white).
  12. shiner

    New Website and Graphic needed

    it is a snow day here, so I had some time. If you like it, I can email you the photoshop file for someone to take it the rest of the way.
  13. shiner

    Single sided mega tree

    Jason, Fabian and I use PVC frames. You can see some closeup pics on his website. Here is one shot: http://www.gordonlights.com/ShowPhoto.asp?p=Outside_Setup_26.jpg&t=Cindy_Gordon_2008 You can see the small pvc frame with the lights zip tied onto the frame. I use C9's and mine are here: http://nightwindchristmas.com/index.php/photos/category/8-window-frames Chris
  14. shiner

    Lights wont dim??

    one of THE BEST posts here on PC - long, but great info and it has pictures!! http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=37562&highlight=snubber
  15. shiner

    Lights wont dim??

    Have you tried a snubber on these? Try a set of incandescents here with the net and see if it changes behavior.