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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Location
    Myrtle Beach SC
  • Biography
    Technology professional that enjoys making lights dance to music
  • Interests
    Programming, computers, technology, guitar, golf
  • Occupation
    Director of E-Business
  • About my display
    Amateur display that is transitioning to LOR

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  1. If you weren't going to use this for other things throughout the year, I would have recommended a desktop, more computer for less money. Unless you are buying a used one, I would not recommend XP. Windows 7 will work well, but if you buy new many are charging more for Windows 7 than Windows 8 now.
  2. This is a pretty good choice, very clear beat to give you background. If you are like me, your first one will be more of a learning than anything... you will learn more and more, then come back to it and realize you could have done so much more with it. Enjoy!
  3. Gemmy has a system that will allow an iPod to be hooked up, and it comes with a small speaker. It will not transmit over FM though, you would need an FM transmitter for that. It doesn't synch real well, but I have used it in the past and people liked it.
  4. That's OK, we admire you while they are up
  5. Took all mine down last weekend, with a little help it took about 8 hours total. Odd to see my yard empty and nothing hanging on my house
  6. I may be interested in the pink and yellow... I assume 8 strings of each or is it 16 of each?
  7. If you are just starting, RGB probably is a bit intense. I primarily use LOR controllers with various light colors, but am working on some RGB stuff now to see if I can get it working the way I want. I completely cover the roof and walls with both clear and multi-color lights, then use other colors in different areas. For example, I have a "rainbow tree" on the front lawn that uses pretty much the colors of the rainbow. I have seen all white lights, and it has a great classy look to it. During my intermissions I cycle slowly through different looks, at one point during the cycle having only white lights on. It's a matter of preference I think. Go for what you enjoy.
  8. Had the OP posted like this.... I would have responded completely different. But I didn't read it that way, it sounded more like he is suggesting that making the lights beat in time with the music is "Mickey Mouse", or lower quality. I do a little of that at times, depending on the song, and it is more difficult than "capturing the feeling" of the music... IMHO. I agree with what you are saying however, I do worry about being repetitive. I imagine the first year with LOR will probably have some of that. As time goes on, you keep the good ones and modify the ones that are lower quality, eventually building up songs/sequences to a point that all are unique. So far I have developed 3 sequences for next year and working on a fourth, all are very different from the others. My plan is to run a song on the quarter hour with an "intermission sequence" between to cut down on the number of sequences I need to have.
  9. Not sure that I would agree with the assertion that having the lights mimic the music is a bad thing. I think there are certain songs that lend themselves to that while others are best when trying to interpret or set a mood. IMHO, a good sequencer would employ both, depending on what works best with the particular song they are sequencing. But then, I guess there are "snobs" in every group.
  10. I generally use them outside and may not notice, the transceiver does make a loud click though.
  11. I ended up going with the wireless. I have seen quite a few people that are using showtime central that are very happy with it though.
  12. I use the x10 appliance relays and have never heard them make a noise. It sounds like maybe there is something wrong with that one? Do you have others?
  13. Thank you. I am slowly pulling the first song together. I put a few minutes here and there into it, but will get more into it later when I have the time.
  14. Thanks Dave, the X10 will be used to turn on the blow ups, wireframes etc, but probably won't bother putting the controllers on them. With only 32 channels to start there will be some things that won't or can't be controlled with LOR. Started with the first sequence, the basics seem easy enough but it is still a difficult process to get just right. spent about 2 hours today on one... have the first minute of it where I think I want it...
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