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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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    www.northaspenchristmas.com
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christ Child
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    A State of Confusion
  • Biography
    Love Christmas decorating and doing computerized christmas lighting
  • Interests
    Lights, Skiing, Lights, Movies, Lights, Cars, Lights
  • Occupation
    Photo lab owner
  • About my display
    We are running approx 85,000 LED lights and 18 LOR controllers and 4800 channel pixel tree along with a video screen a singing tree quartet

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  1. gmac

    Any one interested in a Group buy

    Well lets hope for the best, that all this doesn't happen.............We still have a way to go to meet the quota of 10 the response has been a lot slower than I had anticipated but when you look on line for purchasing 1 piece the cost is over 10 times what we will have to pay, so if we get nailed a few extra bucks were still much further ahead........I saw a vendor in Canada on google that was asking over 5K plus shipping for that unit...there are company's in the USA asking from $500 to 900 for units that were 5-6ft high ....so if this comes thru, this 17ft Santa will be a steal................ IMO
  2. gmac

    Any one interested in a Group buy

    Great that makes 3 of us only 7 more to go ......I will keep you informed as we progress
  3. I found this 17 ft. tall animated waving Santa (his hand waves back and forth as to say Hi) in a factory in China (of course...LOL) .....also the lights are Red And White LEDS.... I can get it for around $100.00 plus shipping the problem for me a minimum order is 10 of them So I was thinking maybe others might be interested in this piece also ...I think it would look fabulous to greet lookers coming to see our displays so I'm putting it out there to see if there might be enough interest from others to buy 10 pieces and share the cost. I figure around $100 for the piece and $600 total for shipping which wound be divided by 10 so our cost would be approx $160.00 .......To be clear the $600 shipping cost is FOB to me, you will have to pay shipping cost from me to you.
  4. gmac

    How many songs

    Wellllll, I know I'm a little bit crazy doing all those songs but when I say I'm thru I seem to hear another song and think that would be nice in the display and I'm off sequencing again..........and all those songs are a culmination over the past 5 years. Yes, I play all 50 songs every night cuz I'm too lazy to create different playlists and most people stay for 5-6 songs then leave, were in subdivision so no major roads get blocked with traffic and yes some times the traffic does get backed up but they seem to work it out.......some of the neighbors mumble and grumble over it but then they get over it also... I do too much work in setting up the display for people to enjoy to go out in the cold and direct traffic and chase them away...... anyway if they sat thru the entire playlist they would have to pack a lunch (LOL) cuz it runs almost 2 hours from start to finish.
  5. gmac

    Need help with leaping arches

    I don't know the look you are trying to achieve, wire frame chase controllers might be fine for wire frames and they are limited to only a certain amount of outlets .....but in my opinion using them for leaping arches would look quit dull and boring after about 10 seconds of use.........If you use say a LOR controller the effects you can achieve are countless and only limited to your imagination
  6. gmac

    How many songs

    I have 51 songs sequenced to 272 channels...........No wonder I hate sequencing..
  7. gmac

    whole house transmitter 3.0

    I see a few people on this forum have used that transmitter and had good luck but those owners are far and few between......... sorry to say most people who have purchased this unit have said it's a piece of junk ........Go to the LOR forum and do search and see for your self ........If you can find a Ramsey fm30 or a EDM they would be your best choices.......... personally I used the FM30 for 5 years now with great success.
  8. gmac

    Mega-trees; strips vs nodes; pros/cons?

    The other posts are correct saying it comes down to preference and cost I have a 360 degree 32x50 tree with a 200 count globe on the top and I have almost 3K invested in the tree with strips poles anchors 3 controllers, But you can do a 12 strip for around $1200 and get almost the same effect. I have to say I purchased a few of the really neat sequences that were done for pixel strips and although it looks nice, it certainly looks nicer on a tree made with strips, but on the other hand the look of swirling effects etc. look nicer done on a tree made with nodes. IMO
  9. gmac

    Need help with leaping arches

    I assume your have a light O rama controller to do this............On the first sting of wrapped lights which would be against the ground, plug that into Plug 1 in the controller and your 2nd set of wrapped lights plug that one into plug 2 and etc.
  10. gmac

    Where to buy cable and vamp plugs?

    If I'm not mistaken CDI has just started or will be starting a sale on their products
  11. gmac

    Hallelujah Chorus - High Country Lights

    All I can say WOW!! You really out did yourself on your display this year Bill.......... Are Those pixels on the 8 Trees? Fantastic job of sequencing on them also.
  12. gmac

    Hardware Question

    What Mickeymatic stated will work ..........but here's another option it's from LOR http://store.lightorama.com/g3mp3director.html AND very easy to hook up........they also have controllers with the directors installed
  13. Really, really like it .............You do have a great imagination
  14. gmac

    Visualizer

    Let me know it there is a way ...........I'm confusd with this also
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