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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.
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  • 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 fan1080

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    New, just starting to plan
  1. Glad to hear things seem to be moving better this year. All the best for a great season!
  2. Yup, started a few weeks ago. Only way to take advantage of the LED pre-sales is to know what I want for next year. Changes next year for me will be changing the display over to 3 colors for most items, white, red, green. Always fun planning, I already have my LOR channel configuration/visualizer set up and ready to go for sequencing my songs to the new setup. I have 6 controllers now, feeling the urge to add more during the spring/summer sale, but the plan at the moment is not to buy more controllers for next year...... we'll see how that goes! lol
  3. All my lights were in stock, and I recieved tracking info already. HLE express rocks!!! Merry Christmas
  4. Woohoooo!!! Order placed. Thanks
  5. The only thing I can think of is that the circuit the computer and lamp are plugged in to is borderline maxed out. Then when the speakers need some extra juice to pound out the bass, the voltage drops a bit due to the circuit being overloaded (called a brown-out). Do you have external speakers connected to the computer? Try plugging the computer and lamp in separate (different) circuits. You could have a more serious issue with your house wiring, such as a bad neutral somewhere, especially in relation to the specific circuit you are plugged into. Not sure if there are commercially available line-smoothing products similar to alternator noise filters for cars. ETA: Looks like there may be some power line residential power line conditioners out there. There are similar to surge suppressors. Some powerbars come with both surge suppression and conditioning. Try googling " residential power conditioner". Another option would be a UPS. The better quality UPS' will have good power conditioning.
  6. The bolded part, can you explain what you mean? Generally, dimming lights is due to the current draw required for your display being too heavy for the allowable source. There could be other reasons, but that is a good place to start. Some questions: 1. How much current is your display drawing? 2. What service does your house have, 100A, 200A, etc? 3. How do you have all your controllers plugged in (a dedicated electrical panel, outside outlets, inside outlets, etc)? 4. How "balanced" are your controllers for Current draw (current per channel, current per each half of your controller, current required for a complete controller), and do they match the total current allowable for the circuit they are plugged in to?
  7. This is our second year collecting. Last year, it was really quiet for the first couple weeks or so. The week leading up to Christmas took off like crazy, 90% of all our donations were received in the last week prior to Christmas. This year looks to be about the same here. Donations are up a little over last year (although that could be because word has spread more from last year), but has been very quiet so far.
  8. It depends on the amount of current you are pulling from each controller. As long as you stay within the allowed current draw per channel and controller, you can plug whatever you want into your controllers. You'll need quite a few more extensions cables though.....
  9. We need more info. Did you use the show editor to create your show, or are you trying to run it directly from the sequence editor? Did you watch the youtube videos on how to setup your shows? Link to all LOR videos: http://www.youtube.c...ightORamaVideos There are a few videos about how to setup your shows. Here is a direct link to the basic show editor video: And, of course, the schedule Editor:
  10. You seem a little overly passionate about this, imo. (insert winky - trying to keep this as jovial as possible) Not sure who you directed your comments at specificly, so to clarify my position, I wasn't bragging about my situation. I simply pointed out that what was communicated to me about delivery failed 2 years in a row. Both years delivery was to be by spring, both years orders are months beyond that. I think MITS should be a little more realistic in what they tell customers. For newbies like myself, it would help a lot to know there could be such long delays. When I decided to go elsewhere this year, the vendor I chose was very confident delivery would be on time. His confidence, and past performance, is what made my final decision and everything was delivered on time. I'm not here to be the harbinger of doom. I just think MITS should have a closer look at what is going on, try to figure out why it's happening, and what they can do to improve for next year. I will buy from MITS again if these delivery issues are fixed. If it's something they can't guarantee they should be upfront about it. That way those of us who need lights earlier won't experience a significant time crunch getting elements ready. But I can't make that decision if I can't get a confident answer from them. Just trying to be helpful here. I appreciate there are people out there like MITS who are willing to go through all this "crap" to help us addicts with our hobbie, and thank them for wanting to continue after all the troubles they've had to put up with.
  11. If there is more to the story, MITS is doing themselves a dis-service by not coming here and posting the full story. How else can they re-gain the faith of past customers who have gone elsewhere, or new customers reading this thread? It seems they ran into a different issue compared to last year though, so hopefully they have learned something new and can use that info to mitigate issues for next year. And, just for the record, I have no axe to grind with MITS. As I said previously, I'm happy with the lights I recieved. Hopefully they can improve.
  12. Maybe I missed the forum rule about not being allowed to post on a thread for the reasons mentioned above. I ordered lights from MITS last year, the lights weren't delivered when MITS said they would be. In fact, months later than promised. I asked MITS if they had a strategy to mitigate the same thing happening this year. MITS confirmed they did, and did their best to let me know it would not happen again. Since it put me way behind schedule last year, and I didn't have a good feeling about getting lights in time, I decided to buy lights elsewhere this year. I recieved them when promised, months ago, and I did not pay more for them, I actually paid a little less. No, I don't have a pony in this race (this year), but I think it's fair to post info so people can be informed to make their own decisions. While we really don't know why this happened this year, it should be known that since this is not their primary business these kinds of things can and do happen. I think MITS should be a little more forward in letting buyers know this. But they put themselves in this position by not telling buyers about possible delays. They were over-confident, IMO, about delivery expectations. I have no issue with MITS, other than repeated delivery delays. The lights I received last year were very good quality. MITS just needs to be a little more realistic with what they tell potential buyers.
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