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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.



Everything posted by wbottomley

  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.
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    Mini Christmas in July

    Awesome!!!! You are welcomed to join us if possible.
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    Mini Christmas in July

    July 21st. Come and join us. https://www.facebook.com/events/219634385510027
  4. wbottomley

    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.
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    11th Annual Virginia Mini

    Andy... would you consider Galax? If so... I might could arrange for a place with internet access.
  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
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    Pixel spinner; Strip vs nodes

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

    Why lock it?
  10. Here's a favorite for the young and old by Gayla Peevey. For more information on the light show, visit www.highcountrylights.com
  11. A favorite among our guests. Gayla Peevey's I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. For more information on High Country Lights, visit our website at http://www.highcountrylights.com
  12. We reach deep within the archives and find this Christmas Classic by Johnny Mathis. For more information on the light show, visit highcountrylights.com
  13. We are having a little fun with the light show. It does not play in our music rotation. For more information on the light show, visit highcountrylights.com
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    God Bless The U.S.A.

    Let Lee Greenwood and our Light Show bring out the American Spirit in you. God Bless The U.S.A. song is presented in Red, White & Blue. Thank you to our Military folks for serving & protecting our fine country! For more information on the light show, visit highcountrylights.com