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  • 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.
  • 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 wbottomley

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  • Birthday 01/01/1913

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Lights and more lights.
  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Biography
    Professional Decorator!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lighting!
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Too many lights to count!

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  1. If you live in the Triad, Roanoke, Bluefield, Charlotte, Tri-Cities, Knoxville, and/or surrounding areas... how about we get together and have a mini Christmas in July. It's a gathering of great minds who love to share information about this cool hobby. It would be held in a central location in Galax, Va. There's lot's to do in that small town especially during the summer. If you're interested... reply or send a PM.
  2. 11th Annual Virginia Mini

    Oh no. I had a great time at the Expo with everyone. I love Q&A sessions. It's a way we all can learn. If I make it up there to one... I may have to take you up on that offer. But... I'll probably have one in my neck of the woods for everyone in this region.
  3. 11th Annual Virginia Mini

    Andy... would you consider Galax? If so... I might could arrange for a place with internet access.
  4. *Current* Vendor Sales List

    Here: http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources/pre-sale-info.html
  5. 2017 Season

  6. Over 100K lights choreographed to one of Johnny Mathis hits. For more information on the display, visit http://www.highcountrylights.com
  7. Over 100K lights choreographed to Elmo & Patsy's one hit wonder. For more information on the display, visit www.highcountrylights.com
  8. Pixel spinner; Strip vs nodes

    Decision made... Strip.
  9. How to lock a LOR Residential controller?

    Why lock it?
  10. Vendor Sales/Presales For 2016

    List is updated several times a month.
  11. Here's my 2015 season shot after the show was finished for the year. The display moved this year to a park. https://youtu.be/CpL5bcpnkes https://youtu.be/bdNgfXLTKoU More video is located here. -Enjoy
  12. Vendor Sales/Presales For 2016

    I keep a running list of who is having sales throughout the year.
  13. Lights Are Out - Possibly Permanently

    Try finding a public place to move the show to. I did four years ago and haven't regret that decision one second. I do some idiots who show up but the other viewers usually find a way to run them off. lol
  14. My favorite christmas tune is...

    It's hard for me to find a favorite. I love all of the traditional Christmas songs and a "few" newer ones. Browsing around in the portals of the internet, I think this one is very unique.
  15. The Polar Express

    You have a great talent for this hobby. Excellent work!