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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.


    Aaron W.

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    I've been DYING to add interactive show triggers to my display! I'm only running 16 channels but I'm quite proud of it, as I produce and perform on some of the music that I sync to in my home studio.

    I have a G3-MP3 Director, which I like so I don't have to run cable inside to my laptop, but LOR website says I can't use InputPup with G3-MP3 Director. The Director's manual says it does have 6 input options but the instructions/info are built for an electrician.

    Even if I COULD use InputPup, I've never found a clear answer of what to buy as the actual BUTTON(S).

    Can anyone point me in the right direction of what I actually have to buy to be able to trigger a show from a Button with my G3-MP3 Director???

    Thank you, my friends!!

    ~Aaron from Celebration, FL

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    So I could literally just wire a doorbell button. Hmm, that makes sense. Very simple, it seems.

    Do you have any thoughts for having multiple button options for playing different shows??


    Thanks so much for the help!

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    I use 4 buttons on a pole close to my sidewalk 4 different colors when my show stops playing music I have an interactive light show people push a colored button and lights will flash for 15 seconds the lights flash the color of the button  the buttons I use are called the big red button it's about 4 inchs in diameter they sell them on Amazon .

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