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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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    Maylene, AL
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    My wife and I are serious about both Halloween and Christmas! 18 Channel Gemmy Display and Mr. Christmas Laser projector at the moment.
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    Amateur Radio
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    TV Director & Producer
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    18 Channel Gemmy display with airblowns, and other items. Just getting started.

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  1. That worked like a charm!! Thank you both so much--this is exactly the kind of advice that makes this forum so valuable. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you both.
  2. Qberg, Thank you for the reply. So if I'm understanding you--I could simply rename my current Controller #3 to Controller #1--and then I'd have Channels 1-16 available on that box--which I could reposition to another area of the yard. Correct? As for second suggestion--yes, I realize that could "copy and paste" channels 1-16 onto the new controller channels 33-48--but as I mentioned, I don't want to sequence (program) and most purchased sequences are protected. They can't be edited. So that option is out.
  3. My wife and I have a 48 channel LOR system, using three CTB16PC controller boxes. We use an FM transmitter to broadcast the music, and run a single show consisting of about 14 songs, and some nice "Station ID's" for the radio station. We're both busy people. Don't have the time, patience, or desire to do my own sequencing. Our show consists of sequences purchased from LOR and a couple of other folks. The only ones I've done myself are the sequences for the "Station ID's" which are either :30 or :60 seconds long. Most sequences in our library are either 16 or 32 channel shows. Most also are protected, and cannot be edited. That leaves my third controller, channels 33-48 with very little to do. I'd like to "clone" that controller--and make it mirror channels 1-16. Basically, turn that controller box into an extension--so that I can reduce the length and number of extension cords, etc. This doesn't seem to be possible to do--but then again, LOR appears to be created for engineers-so I may be missing something. Can anyone help out a newbie? I'd be forever grateful! Les & Abby Rayburn Alabaster, AL
  4. We have two Antari S-100 II DMX snow machines as part of our display. We mount them up high on the house, and active them from just inside the front door. It's one of the most popular parts of the display. But using them is imperfect. Our "system" right now consists of watching out the window for visitors and then simply turning the machines on for a few seconds. I've thought about adding the snow into the sequences (we use a 32 channel LOR basic system) but who has time to program sequences. We purchase the ready-made sequences,. Last year we tried a sign asking people to text us for SNOW...which worked great except when we're gone at night. People get upset when the snow doesn't come on. This year, I'd like to try a timer like we use for fog machines at Halloween. The S-100 II DMX uses a 4 pin XLR connector for it's remote control. Is anyone aware of a timer that would work with this unit?
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