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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.
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  • Location
    Oak Point, Texas
  • Biography
    Not much to tell. We have had a static display for about 15 years - slowly increasing up to 10,000 lights. Started lurking here a few years ago - then a couple years ago finally convinced the wife that we needed to buy some controllers. At first, I just converted the existing display to animated. Then started adding on later. Currently 80 channels and 20,000+ lights...for now.
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    Christmas, cars, boats, photography
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    Computers
  • About my display
    80 ch LOR, 20,000+ lights. Mostly mini, midi, and mega trees. Plus a large nativity scene.
  1. You might try Frys.com or one of the other links above. Fry's is close to my office and I usually buy spools of black shrink there, so I know they also have green. Can't remember off the top of my head if it is a dark green though....
  2. We are out in the country and hard to find. If we have 4 cars in one night - it was a busy night. This is our 5th year. The animation is as much for us as anyone that might happen by to see it. That's OK though. I would not trade living in the city just to have more people see the show. Tell her that when you animate, the lights are not on as much, as often, or possibly as bright (depending on your sequence). So you will actually save on electricity instead!!
  3. I have done both - just steady on, and then a few years ago I also had a late, late night one with fades. Both are just animations within the LOR sequencer. But you can make the sequence short. I think mine are only 5 minutes. You could even do one minute if you wanted. Just set it to loop. Once you have that, create a new show with this one sequence in it. Schedule it separately from your main show.
  4. Nothing says you cannot do both. My display is static white lights from dusk until show time (about an hour). Then we have the show until a respectable hour (early on weeknights, later on Fri/Sat). Then it switchs back to static whites for the night. I do this because I enjoy the static displays myself. This is what I grew up on...
  5. I don't think there is only one correct answer here. For example, I don't use a bucket even tho my tree is 19 feet. Do you already have access to a bucket? It might not be needed for only 12 feet. My tree is a telescoping tree so I can do everything from the ground and attach the lights to the top while the tree is still 10ft tall (I have a 10 ft A-Frame ladder). All my strands are attached to the top first. Then I raise the tree to its full height. Last, I walk the strands around, two at a time (one for each hand). The loose strands just rest against the pole until I am ready for them. I do admit, they are more prone to tangling in this method but I have learned how to manage it. So if you want to wrap each as they go up, that might be easier. But using a bucket - would your bucket truck get in the way when walking the wrap around? My strands actually wrap a full 2 revolutions. I don't think the # of revolutions is important...it is more the angle and consistency of the wrap. My strands are pretty long, So 1 1/2 wraps would have looked awkward. I guess what I am saying it the # of wraps is not as important as the wrap angles,etc. The # of wraps will work itself out. So, you might need to try it once and re-adjust as necessary. FYI, the first year of my spiral took 8 hours to wrap until I was satisfied - this on top of the already existing mega tree. Now I can do the full tree assembly( 3 color Mega with an outer white spiral) in less than 2 hours combined. Sorry - there will be no right answer until you try it once for your actual needs/parts.
  6. Use one of the calculators out there. I think I used this one: http://www.hamuniverse.com/jpole.html the diagram with the dimensions drawn out for you make it really simple. With my JPole mounted on the eave of the second story of the house, my Ramsey can go two miles at just a little under full power (so, I keep it turned down a little now)
  7. I agree - think of it more as artistry. No one can say you were wrong to color outside the lines. Do what you want -- with the paints given to you... Who would have ever thought Picasso had it right at the time? OK, so some people did, but most did not - I still don't LOL But he goes for the big bucks now...
  8. I have kept all my LOR and some of those I found new uses for..plus I wanted to keep backups in case one needed to be replaced in the middle of the season. But I have been using J1SYS for my pixels and couldn't be happier -- just ordered 2 more ECG-P12R tonight as a matter of fact! I agree $150 sounds like a great price on these.
  9. 5, so far. My collection is growing very slowly....unfortunately I must be too picky.
  10. Wow, thread back from the dead! Still happy with my purchases tho -- as a matter of fact, last week just placed another big order with LED Warehouse for next Christmas...this will be my third or fourth year in a row to order from them (sorry, can't remember exactly my first order date off top of my head)
  11. nice. Can you tell us more about the star? Have a better photo of it?
  12. I live in the middle of nowhere. Even people that know where I live can have difficulty finding us, especially after dark. So I started doing it for myself. I loved seeing what others had done and wanted to give it a try. Keep in mind my display was always large, just static lights. So it was not like I was starting from scratch. I only added music and animation to what I already had. Over the years tho, it has changed somewhat. I get "thank you" from the few neighbors we do have. I have even had "gift cards" and kid's hand drawn Christmas cards about the show mysteriously appear in my mailbox. What impresses me most about that is almost all my songs are selected for providing a gospel or at least "not secular" message. Only a few songs from children's tv classics are without a message somewhere. Because of this, I never expected many to stop and watch. Admittedly, there are occasional people that stop and watch..until a Christian song comes on. Oh well. I won't change the show. Maybe some time in the future they might stop and listen once. Every once in a rare while I might get sad that I have 3 cars a week stop - even after five years. Since we are so remote, I do not make an effort to advertise. But then I remember I started out only doing this for myself. I appreciate those that do stop to enjoy the lights. And somehow, God will pick who he wants to see the show....
  13. Instead of using plans, I searched for "clip art" when I made mine a few years ago. I then used a projector (already had from another project) and just blew them up life size against the coro I had propped up against the wall.
  14. Welcome! I had a huge static display for almost 20 years. House and yard were done up in white incandescents. I always got compliments. Then I discovered this forum and went animated. That changed everything! I don't have many posts, but that is because the first few years I just kept reading and reading. Like you said, there is so much info on this board that it is hard for anyone to absorb all of it. Even now, there is rarely a time a question has not been asked before. And if someone does ask something, this community is so great and "on the ball" that someone else answers the question before I get a chance to chime in. A couple years ago, I started slowly switching to LED and adding colors - now people actively ask me what's coming up for the next year's show, even in July! My wife has always helped setup/takedown, but never design or sequence. This year for the first time ever - even she has the fever. It has been quite a ride for us. Welcome, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride -- you are going to have fun.
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