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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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  1. Thanks! There’s only 2,100 pixels on the roof. It’s a 4 inch horizontal by 5 inch vertical matrix. The rows are offset 50% increasing the perceived resolution.
  2. This is one of the new songs we had in our 2018 show. Our house has about 13,000 pixels total (2,650 on the mega tree, 1,152 on the matrix, 2,100 on the roof, 1,600 on the spiral tree and the balance in the yard and on the house).
  3. Little Drummer Boy by For King and Country
  4. Showstoppersequences.com is having a 4/4/40% sale. For the next four weeks starting the last week of September, each week, four different songs will be offered at 40% off the normal price. The second week we are discounting: Let it Go by Idina Menzel ($24 instead of $40) What Child is This by Elle Zamudio ($18 instead of $30) Sarejevo by TSO ($21 instead of $35) Christmastime by Michael W. Smith ($24 instead of $40) Great sequences and great prices. Visit us at http://www.showstoppersequences.com, and look for the Sale banner next to the sequence. Have a great lighting season!
  5. So everything is built, right? All you have to do is convince your neighbors those candy canes are for Halloween and then light them up. Well we can't help you put up your display, but we can help you with what you put on it. Showstoppersequences.com is having a 4/4/40% sale. For the next four weeks, each week, four different songs will be offered at 40% off the normal price. The first week we are discounting: Christmas Vacation by Mavis Staples ($21 instead of $35) Carol of the Bells by Mannheim Steamroller ($18 instead of $30) Christmas Canon by TSO ($18 instead of $30) Do You Hear What I Hear by Spiraling ($21 instead of $35) Great seqeunces and great prices. Visit us at http://www.showstoppersequences.com, and look for the Sale banner next to the sequence. Have a great lighting season!
  6. Thanks. I love that song. It’s upbeat and fun.
  7. Here's one of the sequences recently completed for our 2018 light show. You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. The front of our house has a "Whoville" facade made of Coroplast mounted to 3/4 inch PVC. The house, yard and roof have about 11,000 pixels collectively.
  8. There is a free LOR sequence download available at Showstopper Sequences through April 15th.
  9. Here's what I have come up with so far: I am going to build a 2' x 2' framework out of 1 x 2 material. I will build it in sections that can be broken down and stored. Where the gutters attach to the house, there is a strip of wood I can attach eye screws to and then hang the panels with hooks and anchor the bottom to the ground. Essentially I will have moved the front of my house out about 16 inches. There will be work room behind the panels. My house faces east and the winter winds come from the west so wind should not be too big of a problem. I have two large peaks and plan to install a pulley at the top to pull the panels up and then hook them to the house. I will mount gutter panels by lashing them to the spikes connecting the gutters to the house. That's the plan so far. What I want is pre-decorated panels I can put up and take down in a day. That will leave more time for the yard decorations.
  10. Here is "Where Are You Christmas" by Faith Hill.
  11. I plan on covering the entire front of my house with a coroplast facade to make it look like a whoville house. I'll keep the coroplast white and the trim elements pastel and light the entire house with rgb floods. I want to poke twinkling lights through the coroplast so I can make the entire house twinkle. Also, I plan on putting five arches on my roof. Yard elements will bemodified tobemore whovillish (new word). Mega/spiral treewill be converted to LEDs. Allnew sequencing for the house facade. Orher than that, everything will be pretty much the same. Lol.
  12. OK, so I'm bored with my display. I can try to grow this year; add elements and more LEDs or I can try something new. Here's what I'm contemplating: I would like to convert my house into a Whoville house by building white coro panels on 2 x 2 frames and creating the appearance of the improbable and whimsical architecture of Dr. Seuss. I would illuminate the panels from the front with rgb spots. I would mount c-9s along the edges and could use twinkling lights poked through the coro to make the whole house sparkle. Most of my yard elements would stay the same But I would modify them to make them more Whoville like. The coro also would provide a great background for projections should I choose to use that. Here's my question for the forum: Has anyone used coro for this type of application? I seem to remember someone who used coro panels to convert their house to a gingerbread house but that was pre forum software conversion. I would like to discuss house mounting techniques and the pitfalls of using such panels with someone with experience. If you know of someone who is using house panels please let me know. Thanks! Here's my question. Has anyone
  13. First video of 2011 season.
  14. Ozark. 602 east falls circle. 50k lights. 28 songs. Google maps will get u there.
  15. You can always use the "Converse House" rule. The farther it is from your house, the more you can plug together. Lol.
  16. I also print a master list, fold it and keep it in my back pocket so I don't have to run back to the controller when my mind fails me. Lol.
  17. I move my channels into logical groupings to facilitate sequencing. They do not always correspond with physical groupings (controllers). While print all works for a master list it does not work when there is a disparity between the controllers and the sequencing channel listing.
  18. I know many of the members here use an Excel spreadsheet for a channel/circuit listings. I have an alternative for those that do not have Excel and are sequencing with LOR that makes a nice listing to work with. When I am done sequencing and am ready to set up, I load one of my sequences. Then select Tools/Channel Configuration. From there, I delete all controllers but controller 1. You can only do one controller at a time, so it is a bit repetitive and its not practical for those that have huge numbers of controllers. Then I print. After printing, I cancel the changes and then select Tools/Channel Configuration again. This time, I delete all controllers but controller 2. Print, cancel changes and repeat the process for each controller. When I have all controller listings, I use a highlighter to highlight alternating channels (for ease of reading across the horizontal lines) and write the controller location on the top of the listing. I cut the listings down, removing blank areas. Then I laminate the listing. During set up, I tape the channel listing to the controller for those channels. It is a great way to have a channel listing for each controller without the necessity of re-keying channels into a spreadsheet or having to carry around a paper channel listing while setting up. My question for the forum is "Can this be done from LOR without the repetitive process of deleting the controllers as described above?" I have 16 controllers and it takes about 30 minutes to go through the process for that many controllers. I rearrange my channel listing into logical groupings so my channel listing is never 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, etc. If my channel listing were sequential, I could just print them all at one time and then cut the resulting printout into channel listings by controller.
  19. Also remember it's not doing what you want but most viewers will not know the difference. "Pretty flashing lights!!! Ooooh." So don't stress. Light shows are like pizza. Even a bad one is still pretty good.
  20. Here are some still pics. In the daytime pic you can see the temporary hoop I used to wrap the tree laying on the ground. The key to getting even spacing of the spirals is to make sure the ends are evenly spaced around the temporary hoop when you start wrapping the lights.
  21. Not hooked up to controllers yet. I will try to get some this upcoming weekend and post it. I have some beautiful stills I will post tonight.
  22. Sixty percent done. I have my mega tree finished and all the groundbushes and trees done. Working on the house (c-9s lining eaves, icicles wreaths and garland). Weather is very uncooperative this year if it's not raining, we're having 40 mph winds. I don't start until December 1st so I should make it even with the bad weather. Next year I'm starting in March. Lol.
  23. Here's how I did it. On my mega-tree pole cap, I installed eight hooks that extended farther from the center than the hooks for the vertical lights. After I strung all of the vertical lights, I then attached the lights for the spiral to these top hooks. Then at the bottom I constructed a temporary hoop from electrical conduit with a larger diameter (about 12" on each side) and attached the bottom of the spiral light strings to that hoop with zip ties. Then my wife and I each took a side of that hoop and walked it around the tree. We were able to make a little more than one revolution. I then took each string and finished the bottom portion by just walking it around and attaching it to the permanent bottom hoop of the mega-tree. When I was finished I dismantled the temporary hoop with the larger diameter. FYI, my mega tree is an eight section tree, 12' high with a 20" star at the top. Bottom ring circumference is 20'. I used 140 count white on green wire for the spirals on my tree. Pros: It only took about 30 minutes to do the spirals on the tree. Cons: The top of the tree wound a little tight. (I will extend the top hooks even farther next year.) Also, the lights on the spiral strands don't always face the same direction because they were not hand-tied to each vertical strand. (I can live with that given the time savings.)
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