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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.



Everything posted by wbottomley

  1. *Current* Vendor Sales List

    Here: http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources/pre-sale-info.html
  2. 2017 Season

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

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

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

    I keep a running list of who is having sales throughout the year.
  8. Vendor Sales/Presales For 2016

    List is updated several times a month.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Score!

    For $160, I landed these guys today. Now I have three sleighs. But, my project will be completed when I get one more deer to be Rudolph.
  13. The Polar Express

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

    Thank you. Just one away.... and much of the Summer left to find him.
  15. Mini Trees - Quick And Easy

    I have found a quick and simple way to make mini-trees fast in my latest blog. One thing I forgot to add... storage is quite easy.
  16. Video Tutorials

    I have added a category for hardware and software tutorials on my website. These are usually produced by the engineers of those products. Feel free to browse and respond here with some I might have missed. This tool is great for anyone in the hobby.
  17. Lor Summer Sale Question.

    If you use the TryForFree promotion, the shipping of your order will be delayed 8 weeks or less. Everyone is eligible for a chance at a free order and the additional 2% discount! http://www.lightorama.com/TryForFree2012.html
  18. For free sequences, check out my website at HighCountryLights.com

  19. Vampire Plugs, Future Uncertain?

    It sets up a good discussion between everyone. 1-3 years maybe a little ambitious, but we'll have to wait and see.
  20. Here's my recent blog on Vampire plugs that's pretty interesting and a conversation piece.
  21. Backup Plan - Have One?

    I'm setting up a hypothetical situation in case disaster strikes your light show. What would you do if one or more of following occurred here?
  22. Songs For Light O Rama

    Maybe these links to free sequences will get you started. Download them, buy the music, and play them in the sequence editor.
  23. Free Sequences!

    I have a library of links from kind folks that share sequences from all corners of the decorating community including Vixen, LSP, LOR, and Animated Lighting. Feel free to use them at your discretion. If I have missed any, please let me know and I'll get it posted.