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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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  • 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.
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  • 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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I am a 2 year user of light o rama. My cousin has been my "partner in crime" when it comes to this crazy hobby. Generally I dream up something, she tells me I'm nuts, and then we get to work building it. Thus, far, my computer has been the sole computer for xynchronizing because she did not have a computer. She recently bought a new Mac and we want the software it so we can tag team sequences (especially since I am now 2 hours away at college). What do we have to do to make LOR software compatible? I have 5 liscenses and my key code sp I shouldn't need to purchase any more. What do I need to do to get her set up? The rush is upon us!!!

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You will have to run something like Boot Camp on the Mac and install Windows XP, Vista, or 7 with Boot Camp. And then when you run XP, Vista, or 7 in Boot Camp, you can install LOR software on it and run it like that. I have never tried it, but I have heard some people run their shows on Macs using a similar system, and it worked fine for them.

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Although not free like boot camp another option is parallels desktop for mac. It allows you to run Windows like an application. With boot camp you would have to restart the computer to switch between mac and windows. You cannot run lor directly on a mac.

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I am a 2 year user of light o rama. My cousin has been my "partner in crime" when it comes to this crazy hobby. Generally I dream up something, she tells me I'm nuts, and then we get to work building it. Thus, far, my computer has been the sole computer for xynchronizing because she did not have a computer. She recently bought a new Mac and we want the software it so we can tag team sequences (especially since I am now 2 hours away at college). What do we have to do to make LOR software compatible? I have 5 liscenses and my key code sp I shouldn't need to purchase any more. What do I need to do to get her set up? The rush is upon us!!!

Miniboyink was telling us at ICE (www.indianachristmas.com) that he successfully used WINE to run S2 on a Mac. Best part; WINE is free. You can get info on installing it for a Mac here: http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX - it is a bit fiddley and techie, so be warned.

If you don't feel like fiddling with installing WINE you can also checkout Crossover (http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/). Their basic version is only $40 which is less than Parallels + a Windows OS license.

Hope this helps!

Jacob

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