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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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About Coop

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  • Birthday 05/25/1973

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  • Biography
    Starting out with light presenation
  • Interests
    Home Videos, and now holiday light shows
  • Occupation
    Tech Support Analyst
  • About my display
    Purchased first LOR 16 channel and ready to go
  1. Last Year was my first attempt with fogging (and light sequencing). I spent the time and money designing and building a chiller with a rubber made container. I wasn't happy with the results of the chiller box so In the end I taped two dryer pipes together, filled them with ice and then taped a black garbage bag with holes punched in it. I pointed the fogger in the one end with a timer (timer is key component) and let her rip. This year I plan to connect a Y and run two foggers with timers to keep the fog flow consistent. The cooler the fog is when it exits the better it will hang.
  2. How well would the RGB strings hold up in Minnesota Winter Weather?
  3. I changed the map to public try again http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=108172585787717567182.000495d0a5c7bd620d312
  4. Started a "my google map" to help put a game plan together for myself to visit some displays this year. I thought others heading out to enjoy the lights might appreciate a map view of displays. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...0a5c7bd620d312 The map is private so can only be viewed if you have the link. If anyone would like to be added or removed let me know. Determination - Your either part of the steam roller or part of the pavement
  5. Hey All I started a "my google map" to help put a game plan together for myself to visit some displays this year. I thought others heading out to enjoy the lights might appreciate a map view of displays. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=108172585787717567182.000495d0a5c7bd620d312 The map is private so can only be viewed if you have the link. If anyone would like to be added or removed let me know.
  6. Looks Great!! How many channels?
  7. On a scale of 1-5. I would give it a 2.5. The lights will change to the music but its not precise, sort of random.

  8. interested in the gemmy...Please let me know how if the lights work well with the MP3

  9. I'm out in Dayton which is between Rogers and Champlin.
  10. I purchased a Gemmy timer last year (actually I will be selling soon) but have upgraded this year to a LOR controller (Jack is 100% correct on the addiction at least in my case). Technically the Gemmy works however the sound is "tinny" no matter the volume and the lights do sequence however the sequences will be random if you use an MP3 player. However if you use an MP3 player you could split the audio (Gemmy dosen't like stereo anyway) and send the other channel to a different audio device The Gemmy is is the most economical way to test the waters of animation. However if you do go with a Gemmy this year and find yourself outside freezing, calculating what you will do different or better next year then you will be here next year as one of the "crazies"
  11. First attempt at Halloween Intro http://www.youtube.com/user/coopct#p/a/u/2/PWvQzYQmCFo Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/user/coopct#p/a/u/1/rDY5F5in6Zo Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/user/coopct#p/a/u/0/8G9dVvKkRqI
  12. I have been reading these forums on and off for a couple of years now and can finally consider myself one of the "Crazies". In October I got my first 16 channel LOR controller. This is the results of my first attempt. Some of the sequencing is a little rushed due to time constraints. http://www.youtube.com/user/coopct Now on to Christmas!
  13. Are you willing to break them up. I would be interested in the 1602W and maybe one of the CTB16PC
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