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  • 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.
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  • 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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Luke Kamp

Better get working on that display...

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As of right now, CST, there is...

49 days, 20 hours, 16 minutes and 5 seconds until the lights go on Friday, November 23rd! Get sequencing and making display stuff!!

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snowlovergeorgia wrote:

Thats why im done.....and i even have a halloween LOR show running with 26 channels..

Hmph! You must be one of those early people. :shock:

TED

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I'm getting close. One or two songs left to sequence. Finish my "tune to" sign, and put upmy lights. Feeling pretty good about where I'm at right now. Glad I started about 6 months ago!

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uh...yea....4 sequences done. not all lights bought yet. for some reason, i can't get the motivation to program. I think i will have the motivation to program when the lights are up. that seem right?

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Please dont remind me, i have to put some 50,000 lights this year with no help by my family:X.................................:P

Thanks for the reminder......................................:(:(:(:(

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

Jeff G

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txgstraitbullrider4 wrote:

Please dont remind me, i have to put some 50,000 lights this year with no help by my family:X.................................:P

Thanks for the reminder......................................:(:(:(:(

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

Jeff G

Don't feel bad... You're not alone... although, I don't have as many lights as you do.

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Got the roof controller up today. It runs the flailing Santa (wireframe Santa with legs kicking out of a chimney), the"Happy Holidays" wireframe and "M E R R Y C H R I S T S" rope light/wire frame billboard. (I pulled the wires out of the M and A. Gotta fix 'em.)

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ryanshow wrote:

can you make a perminate animation for LOR? I re-draw it every time...:(

If you're talking about keeping the same animation drawing for each song, just click "yes" to import youranimationafter importing channel configuration.

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Man...we have 20 days 6 hours 38 minutes until the lights go on! EEK! I have SO much to do. I have 48.6% of my sequencing done (yes, I did a rough calculation) so I have to get on my horse. My dad said he'll help me build a radio sign today! Yes!

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Got a few songs sequenced. Started putting up the lights last night. I have to go out of town next week. I don't believe I will have it all ready by Thanksgiving Day. :(

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I am way behind. I will not be spending as much time as I normally do here on PC the next few weeks and when I respond it may only be a line or two.

See you guys in December!

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RichardH wrote:

I am way behind. I will not be spending as much time as I normally do here on PC the next few weeks and when I respond it may only be a line or two.

See you guys in December!

I've always found the forums recharged my batteries, so no matter how busy the display keeps me, I tend to keep surfing them...

-Tim

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tfischer wrote:

RichardH wrote:

I've always found the forums recharged my batteries, so no matter how busy the display keeps me, I tend to keep surfing them...

-Tim

I plan on reading them still but will not respond a whole lot or reply with short messages. After the display is up though, I am sure I will be on here a lot!

-Richard

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OMW my ramsey today, i plugged it in and i heard a ZZZ sound then smoke!!!!:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock: i was almost crying lol. But, it still works....thank...you...God!

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So I was wrong. I got just about my entire display this last week as well as this weekend. Since this is my first year for LOR I just had to plug it up and see how it looks. I gotta say I am not done but 3000 + LED lights with LOR is awesome! Still lots of stuff to do but well on my way!

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Aside from a tree refusing to drop it's leaves...the one I need to put lights on, my lights will be going up next week, I have next week off from work. But we are suppose to be getting lake effect snow next week, so I will have to keep busy & make several trips in the house to warm up :laughing:

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HAHA! I got ancious, and it was a nice day- got all but 8 channels out...wow.....about 7 thousand left! only?:laughing:

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