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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.
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  • 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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XmasBoy

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  1. Thanks for the pictures! I'll try to head to Dollar Tree this weekend to check it out. Do you have any suggestions on a good place to go to get reasonably priced larger tombstones? I'm starting a graveyard from scratch this year, and I have a long and narrow yard, so I'm hoping to fill it in as well as I can while still saving most of my decorating budget for christmas. Did Dollar Tree have anything else good for an outdoor halloween display? Thanks for the help!
  2. When you bought the tombstones at Dollar Tree, could you buy them individually for $1 each? I saw the website and it said you had to buy a case of 60, but that may have been just online. I'm going to check out some stores this weekend and hopefully get some shopping done. If I learned anything last year, it's buy anything that you need early! Right now my plan is to have a static display for most of October and hopefully pull some Light-O-Rama animations together for the night of halloween only.
  3. Wow, the spiral effect is really cool! I can't wait to see a video of how that fits into your show!
  4. I have been looking for a sequence of Christmas Intrada by the US Army Field Band, and I still haven't been able to find one. I have looked on lorsequences.com and haven't been able to find one. Does anyone know of any other major sites that you can download sequences from? Thanks, and if anyone here has a sequence of Christmas Intrada that they would be willing to share, please send me a PM. I won't copy your sequence, I just want the timings.
  5. Thanks for the responses and advice. I have been doing static/Mr. Christmas displays my whole life, and when I have motivation, I love soldering and building my controllers. Sequencing is just a big headache for me, and I am a perfectionist, which is extremely frusturating in the sequencing area. I have looked briefly into sequences on Lorsequences.com and while there are abundances of sequences, I have more of a unique style for my yard/house to deal with the extremely small front yard that I have to work with, so finding a sequence to fit that and the RGW style is difficult. I will probably take sequences from there for timings though. I like the ideas of watching videos of other displays to get in the mood, that sounds like something that will help me. Basically, I'm just in a tough place right now. I love decorating with christmas lights, and I'm sure that LOR will be worth it in December, and definately next year when I have more experience, it's just sequencing frusturating me. I guess I will get over it soon with the lighting season fast approaching. I'm a little too far from there, but I appreciate the suggestion.
  6. Could be, but I don't think he has House on Christmas Street in his show unless he added it for 2010.
  7. I'm new to computerized displays for 2010 and I ordered the LOR PC Kit that you solder yourself. I had no previous soldering experience and the kit was very easy for me to put together and it worked like a charm for me. It's only about $25 cheaper than the ones that you just have to put the cords on, but it's cool to know that I built it and I'm sure it will be cool to tell other people that I built it in December.
  8. Don't worry, when Thanksgiving comes around I'll be bouncing off the walls about my display just like every other year. This is just the first year I've had to prepare months in advance, and motivation coming back in November will probably be too late.
  9. I learned about Light-O-Rama on Christmas Eve last year and quickly decided that having my own show would be something I definately wanted to do. I've been working on my show on and off since then, and I have steadily lost motivation, mainly with sequencing. Part of my brain is telling me that "thanksgiving is getting closer and closer" and the other saying "it's August, why are you working on Christmas?" I'm sure others have had this as well, anyone have any advice or words of wisdom?
  10. In the top box of your animation window there are 2 boxes where you can choose the number of blocks for the length and width of the screen. Just raise those numbers and you will have a greater number of smaller boxes.
  11. I just checked my Lowes and saw nothing christmas or halloween related. Are you guys seeing halloween in the same section as the christmas stuff goes in? I've never seen halloween stuff at my Lowes before. The seasonal section was still full force summer merchandice and the upper storage shelfs were still piled high with grills and outdoor furniture.
  12. Wow, and I thought it was crazy seeing christmas stuff in stores in October!
  13. Mine will be "Christmas Intrada" by the US Army Field Band.
  14. Thank you. I will look through those. That was actually one of the songs that I saw syncronized with Light-O-Rama that inspired me to finally do my own computer animation. It will definately be in my show!
  15. I am looking for songs for my show that are more of a classical genre but with a strong sound. Basically, I want songs that bands/ orchestras are playing but songs with lots of excitement for my show. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  16. They have some cool designs, but they are kind of expensive.
  17. From the toolbar at the top, go to PLAY, then PLAY RANGE, then click FROM SELECTION. The sequence will start wherever you have ladt clicked in the grid.
  18. If percautions are needed usually just depends on you and your neighborhood. If your house is on a busy street, you are probably safer than a quiet neighborhood. In my previous neighborhood, I was in a competition of sorts with a neighbor with our displays, so we both had large, attention-grabbing displays. One night, his snowglobe inflatable got ripped from the ground and thrown across the yard, one of his wire-frames was ripped up and thrown, and another inflatable got knifed. This was a very safe neighborhood and it was the last place anyone thought would happen. Luckily, my neighbor was able to repair all of his items that got vandalized, but small precautions were taken by both of us **** as adding security lighting when the display goes dark. Having inflatables deflated at night is a good point. Other than that, just add security lighting and if you are concerned and have a small enough display, bring the inflatables in. If I hear lots of people I don't know outside late at night, I will bring some of the more expensive display items inside.
  19. I tie mine down everywhere that there is a place to tie it down and tie the motor down so there is now way it can move. It always inflates perfectly.
  20. That's a really nice show. I think I'm going to use that version of Jingle Bells.
  21. You can do a lot with arches, mini-trees, mega-trees, fire poles, etc. Look at Holdman's 2007 display, he builds/buys almost everything in his yard.
  22. I'm sure most of us experienced the light shortages in 2009 and the challenges it created for our displays. Do you guys think stores will raise inventory for 2010 or will we have the same problem?
  23. I haven't, but there are several reasons why that wouldn't really work in my case. My neighborhood has a road in a circle. The houses are on the outer end of the road and there is a pond inside the road. There are about 20 houses that this would affect, and I don't really want to go asking 20 people. The other reason is that even if it did bother them, I can't really see them telling me that, and I don't want everyone in my neighborhood mad at me and I don't even know about it. I'll probably just take sme of the advice posted here and just run it for 2 weekends at the most, maybe just halloween weekend.
  24. The other day, my dad was working with me on some soldering on my second Light-O-Rama controller. He was telling me that I should do a Halloween display of some sort with the Light-O-Rama. My mom overheard us and said it would drive our neighbors insane. I have been animated for 3 years on a Lights and Sounds of Christmas unit and I haven't had a single complaint that my family or I have hears about. I have always done a small halloween display, but nothing major. How do most neighbors usually take animated, large-scale halloween displays? I don't want to push things with my neighbors too far, and I would like to make sure that my relationship with the HOA stays good, but I don't want to not do anything for halloween out of fear that someone might complain that this is going too far. I will at least do something animated on halloween for trick-or-treaters as a test run so I can get a better feel for how Light-O-Rama operates, but have other people had experiences with their neighbors where halloween animated displays "pushed it too far?"
  25. Target brand says you can connect 8 strands end to end, so buying that brand is an option. Just make sure you mark them so you know which strands are that brand the next year when you take the lights out of storage. Most lights say you can only connect 3 strands end to end.
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