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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.

Donny M. Carter

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Watching Christmas Vacation!
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    Ocean Springs,MS
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    Lights have always made me happy.
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    supervisor for airport runway rubber removal/paint
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  1. Any plans for 2013? Sorry if I missed info elsewhere. Thanks! Donny
  2. Has anyone bought and received the ELOR? Please share with us your thoughts! Thanks Donny Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Check out http://sandevices.co.../E681_opman.pdf In short, the E681 works great with many of the popular pixels. Remember to research the different bits each pixel chip has. The more bits the better the dimming curve. I personally use the 2801 chip which offers 8 bit. The 3001 will offer 12 bit. The 6803 is only 5 bit, which I really did not care for. Read the above pdf a few times and all will be good! Dony
  4. There are move videos on my YouTube page at the link above! I must say that the ELOR is a great solution not only for pixel control, its also like getting an iDMX with full smart channels for half the price. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Here is a video of some of the first testing running 680 pixels from a single LOR network. http://youtu.be/2Vuh5u0_8Ss
  6. This was posted by LightORamaJohn. The CCB controller has one unit ID and 320 channels. Channels 1-160 are bulb string one. 1-150 = RGB, 151-157 = res/macro/color-effect, 158-160 = reserved. Channels 161-320 are bulb string two. 161-310 = RGB, 311-317 = res/macro/color-effect, 318-320 = reserved. In legacy unit ID mode it can take up to 20 unit IDs. A bulb string is programmed like a CCR. Same RGB, res/macro/color-effects. This was done for sequence compatibility. The only difference is that the res channel can be used to 'flip' a bulb string. Adding 50 to the resolution intensity channel flips the pixels on that bulb string. I. e. a resolution of 100 means a resolution of 50 but the pixels on the string are addressed opposite the configured orientation -- which is normally pixel one closest to the controller. This is an easy way to mirror any effect programmed, either RGB or macro without changing the sequence. This is a total rewrite of the CCR firmware into a higher performance language and will be moved to the CCR once it is proven. The rewrite was required to handle the worst case of almost 70,000 adjustments per second required in the CCB controller. Right now a 100-bulb CCB consumes an entire DMX universe. On a LOR network, you can drive, at the pixel level, about three CCB controllers each with two 50-bulb strings. We are hoping the new firmware will allow us to run at twice the current fastest network speed so that twelve 50-bulbs strings can run on one LOR network -- we'll see. This doubling would also apply to CCRs. The Sequence Editor will be enhanced to make insertion of a double string CCB easier.
  7. Hey Mark, Thanks for posting copies of your presentation. I did not make the expo, but your explanation of DMX is second to none IMHO. Thank you Sir!!
  8. I'm sorry, I did not realize you already had the idmx. Or you can wait for the release of S3. Although Bob from LOR did say that new dmx support would not be in the first release of S3. The only other way to run dmx on LOR is to use the idmx. http://store.lightorama.com/smdmxin.html
  9. I would recommend using the LOR DC board. It's very easy to connect, no dmx required and it daisy chains to your other LOR controllers. http://store.lightorama.com/cmdedcca.html Also: For more money, coming out in the near future are the LOR CCB's. I will be ordering several strings @ the summer sale!!!
  10. Please inform me when you guys decide, i'm on the coast in MS.
  11. Hello All. Just wanted to share my first video as this is my first year using LOR. You can also visit our website. http://www.vimeo.com/17675957 www.carterchristmaslights.webs.com
  12. i'm interested in an alarm. I sent pm to your website email
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