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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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    Wake Forest, NC
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    I am a novice at Christmas displays.
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    Motorhoming, Disney World
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    Home Remodeler
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  1. Thanks for the help, but these are "the size of a large pea" and the ones in my globe are more the size of a BB. I'm afraid they may not work, though the larger size would sure make them a lot more visible. Anybody know if it would work for sure? I'd hate to clog up the works.
  2. Does anybody know where I can get more styrofoam "snow" pellets for inside my snow-globes? I need much more SNOW!
  3. Just found this incredible animation package that takes a still image, maps control points to facial features, and then allows you to easily create lip-sync animations. It looks like it would be perfect for creating projected-video faces for pumpkins or singing busts (or a thousand other things). For the time being it is Mac-only, but if you have access to one and Its available for both Mac and PC, so if you need to animate faces, this looks like a great solution. http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/crazytalk.aspx See the demo video here: http://youtu.be/LLyYxuvc54E EDITS shown in strikethru and underline.
  4. Just looked a bit closer at the product photos and it looks like the LEDs are in groups of 9 (!) so the strip would only be 36 channels. Pretty coarse, but might still be worth a look for eaves and window outlines.
  5. Has anybody taken a look at the new Gemmy FlexTech rgb strips being sold at Lowes and Sears this year? Looking at the box there are 108 pixels (probably in groups of 3, so 108 channels) and the controller box connects via what looks like a 4-wire waterproof connector. They also say multiple strips can be daisy-chained. Has anyone played with these, any idea what the protocol is? I think the strip was 12' for about $55. Worth looking into further?
  6. I just want to reiterate that despite Darrens problems, I am running S2 under VMWare Fusion without any problems, even driving my lights via USB. I have a 2.4ghz MacBook running Snow Leopard and run a very small install of XP called TinyXP. I can also run LightshowPro and Holiday Lights Designer with all the same problems folks on a PC have!
  7. I don't have any personal experience, but I know some guys who were part of a group buy from CLS and have had horrendous failure rates (like 70-80%), so I'd look more toward CDI.
  8. I was curious as to the pricing. I found a used AF1000 for $350... for a single strobe! And the Colorblasts are about $1200 new. That's a whole other world for me!
  9. No, in the US anyhow, landscape lighting is almost exclusively 12v DC since the '80s. Sorry, I should have specified that the transformers I have are DC, I thought it was a given. But anyhow, I think 3000w of 12v (DC) should give me ample power to play with. I am wondering though if the AC flicker will still be apparent? As far as I know these power supplies are not rectified. I wonder if putting an RV battery in series would eliminate the flicker... I know certain appliances in my RV will not run off of the AC/DC transformer alone and require the pure DC from having a battery in series. Anybody play with these issues?
  10. I am considering experimenting with RGB strands and pixels and am wondering if landscape lighting transformers are a good choice for power supplies? I have two heavy duty 12v transformers, one 2-channel and one 3-channel, each 600w per channel. Would they be good choices?
  11. I just wanted to chime back in now that I am running a licensed version of LOR Basic Plus and have received my first controller. LOR runs like a champ and drives the controller without issue under VMWare Fusion on my MacBook. I am using the USB with booster to make the connection and had no problems loading the driver or getting LOR to access the controller. Im very pleased that I won't have to spend much time at all chained to a PC.
  12. Really appreciate the series, it's been most helpful. I am a little confused about the macro part of the discussion, not so much the capabilities, but how the macros are executed. Are they run once to assign the way pixels are mapped (like setting a unit ID for LOR), or downloaded to the controller, or run on the show host computer to alter the way the data stream goes out, or what?
  13. Shanta

    Renard help?

    Unless you are sending personal information, can I beg of you not to use PMs? Other newbies would like to know the answers and opinions n this matter as well. Thanks.
  14. I'm not sure why you distrust that number, if you are building a 12' tree with a 7' base (diameter) and have 14 strands, the spacing is about 20" (note that the spacing at the base is unaffected by turns of the spiral). A 7' base means about a 22' circumfrence, divided by 14 increments is 1' 6-7/8" or about 19". The real tricky calculation is how long the string length needs to be, and note that that field is a calculation, not one where you can enter your desired values. You can only enter: Height, Base Diameter, Revolutions, Channels, Strings per Channel, Viewing Rotation, and Direction... all other fields are calculations. Hope it helps.
  15. I'm interested too! I want to not just refit my inflatables to be more energy efficient, but hopefully brighter. I also want to separate the light circuit from the blower, allowing LOR to turn the lights off while they stay inflated. I'd be very interested in hearing others' experience.
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