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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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  1. This is one of the new songs we had in our 2018 show. Our house has about 13,000 pixels total (2,650 on the mega tree, 1,152 on the matrix, 2,100 on the roof, 1,600 on the spiral tree and the balance in the yard and on the house).
  2. Hi guys. I’m planning on changing my usual static display into a music synchronised controller based light display ready for Christmas 2018. I’m a complete rookie on this subject and wondered if anyone had some pointers on where to start. Obviously we use a different voltage over here 240v so I don’t know how much kit in the US will work over here. Any feedback would be great. Thanks and Merry Christmas:-)
  3. Hello to all members of this great forum and this great Christmas Lights portal Sorry, this text was created with an online translator, because unfortunately I do not speak American or English. My name is Thomas and I would like to call attention to the German-language Christmas house Portal Weihnachts-Lichter.de . The portal has been online since 2009 and this year saw its biggest change since it had to rest for two years due to family events. On Weihnachts-Lichter.de, the owners of the Christmas houses are presented by me, with additional picture galleries and if possible also video galleries. Use the following urls to get to the overviews of the picture and video galleries of the corresponding Christmas houses: Picture galleries Christmas houses Video galleries Christmas houses You have to click on the corresponding links to get to the galleries. Who would like to have a look! At the top of the website, there is a Google Translator button, so that the pages can also be translated into your languages. I would be happy, if you like it and wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Warm greetings from Germany
  4. From the album: Aabeck's album

    Update of the shooting star in my LR window for Christmas. I added a few more modes. This is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 and controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. Sorry about the focus, but the camera couldn't keep it's focus range on the flashing lights.

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  5. From the album: Aabeck's album

    3 sets I have in my Living Room window for Christmas. Running on an A-B SLC5/05 with 2 racks, and controlled by 2 separate PC's and a Windows 10 tablet all running AdvancedHMI. The 7 element set across the top of the window is also activated for Halloween (with 7 cat lanterns) and Easter (7 Easter eggs). Since this video was made I replaced the star & 2 wreaths across the top with 3 snowmen. The display is programmed with separate start & stop times for November/January and for December. They are programmed to be on from November 22nd through January 3rd.
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    Door_Wreath.mp4

    From the album: Aabeck's album

    Wreath I programmed using a Siemens S7-200. I cut a string of lights into 10 sections of 24 volts each to run off the DC power supply & the PLC's DC outputs. The outputs are controlled by a counter that counts up to 87 based on a timer set at 0.42 second pulses. Thsi entire project was completed in less than 2 days after I thought it up, although I have tweaked the program since the video was taken.

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  7. From the album: Aabeck's album

    This is a set of 6 circuit multi-function chase lights I have across the bottom of my Christmas LR window. It is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 with 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. There are 5 modes the display goes through, with a light test mode that can be toggled on by any of the HMI's for testing the lights, especially to make sure they're in the correct order. This is made up of 6) 100 light strings running on 120 volt outputs.

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    Lanterns_Ver2.0.mp4

    From the album: Aabeck's album

    This is the updated version of the lanterns in my bedroom window. The were from an old Mr. Christmas set. Previously I had them wired together to a single 24 volt output, but had some transistor logic cards that proved to be adequate to control the 4 volt bulbs individually. Each of the 7 lanterns now is controlled by from 7 to 11 timers, with a master timer that strobes them off sequentially every few seconds. This is run on a Allen Bradley SLC5/03 with a network serial port allowing 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet to control it, along with the other lights in my bedroom window.

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    ShootingStar.mp4

    From the album: Aabeck's album

    Shooting star I have in my LR window. It's run by a Allen Bradley SLC5/05 controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet all running AdvancedHMI. The entire display is made of strings of lights cut into 24 volt sections (the shaft sections have a couple extra bulbs each for geometric reasons and to have the bulbs not full brightness.) The green LED's were added because I had 2 unused PLC outputs on the output card controlling this.

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  10. From the album: Aabeck's album

    What I did for my bedroom window for Christmas. Runs on a Allen-Bradley SLC5/03 with PC and tablet based AdvancedHMI's. Has 4 sets of lights alternating around the window, a set of flickering lanterns on the sill and a Teardrop Chase & Build. All timers and counters that control the circuits are changeable through either HMI. The lights are programmed with start & stop dates and times, also changeable, and am able to force the time on and put in Lamp Test mode that turns all lights on. Since this video was taken the set of lanterns have been rewired & reprogrammed to 7 separate controls, see my video Lanterns Ver2.0.

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  11. 16 houses all synced using LOR- this is our first year! Enjoy
  12. Visited the Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, Texas and Wow! They even have a Christmas Tree that snows itself!
  13. Megatree made out of big lighted balls at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas. This is the preshow to their ICE exhibit.
  14. Spent a couple hours this weekend playing with SuperStar's autosequencer. I don't have any RGB lights (yet) and was told SuperStar would autosequence regular lights. The video below shows that you can have a sequence up and running in less than 5 minutes. Video of process of auto-sequencing a song: The finished product:
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