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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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    Former touring lighting tech.
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    Marine Fish, Music, Going to Concerts.
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    I add a few pieces each and it about to cross over to ridiculous territory.

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  1. From afar my 10' mega-tree appears to only have 16 strands of lights, but when you get close you can see it is actually 64. Each strand is a red, green, blue, and clear string braided (zip tied) together.
  2. I have the same set-up, 32 house, 16 channel mega tree. You can see it here: http://catalinachristmas.com/videos/videos.html I have about a dozen or so sequences. Most of the popular stuff.
  3. You can do this with LOR controllers? I thought you could not use a hub (a splitter is like a little 2 port hub). I thought they had to be daisy chained together.
  4. I also have a 10' megatree with 10" between strands and it looks great.
  5. No matter what your configuration or how many controllers/channels you have you can always divide by 4. I upgraded my LOR software to 'advanced' so I could use unlimited tracks and break down my show in to groups of four. Makes it easy to move timings around also.
  6. 3006 Marathon Ave Orlando, FL 32805 In the 'Isle of Catalina' 48 Channels 10' Mega Tree Broadcast on 93.9 FM Nightly 6:00pm to 10:30pm I have 8 lighted palms in my front yard. Display has a real Florida/Tropical feel. http://www.catalinachristmas.com
  7. I should have bought one a few years ago. But now I am about 70% LED. It wold not get the use it would have back then.
  8. They do not seem to carry the females.
  9. I am making my own cords this year. I bought a 1000' of lamp cord ($100), 32 male plugs ($16) and 32 female connectors ($32), a big bag of shrink wrap and some zip ties. I am also going to label the female ends with the location, and the male ends with the channel number. Once they are all laid out I am going to zip tie them in to a snake. One going to each controller. Next year I will just have to roll them out and I will be ready to go.
  10. You can just click in the first square of the sequence and choose select | by row | from the menu then cntl-c and it copies the whole row. I scrolled to right all the way to end for about half of last year before I figured it out.
  11. Just saw this at consumerist.com and thought I would share. http://consumerist.com/2009/12/christmas-light-shortage-sweeps-the-nation.html
  12. If there were some 50 count GE lED's left at 50% off, that would make them $2.48 a box. Add the $3.00 coupon makes them less than free.
  13. My 10' megatree with a 5' base and users 64 string of 50 count minis 6 inches apart. Since I go up and back there is a light every 3 inches. 16 strings of each color, red, blue, clear and green. One string of each color is wrapped in to a 'super string'. It is controlled with 16 channels of LOR. There are some pics here: http://www.catalinachristmas.com/phpAlbum
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