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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.

mmciver

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About mmciver

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  • Birthday 03/04/1966

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  • Location
    Phoenix Arizona
  • Biography
    Arizona Native, Father of 4.
  • Interests
    Camping, Fishing, Computerized Christmas Lights, Farming
  • Occupation
    Systems Engineer
  • About my display
    I am currently inventorying the 2009 display, but I am running Aurora Software with 2 - Dlight ACx16 Controllers, 3- Dlight ACx8 Controllers, and 1 Firefli.
    I am estimating about 35000 lights.

    This year I had 10 songs sequenced and have posted 2 of them on Vimeo.

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  1. I started mine 4 years ago with c thinking that it would disperse the light better. Last year I had 2 strands go out and replaced them with me strings. I can't tell the difference when it is up but the me strands story easier. Mike Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk
  2. Nice job! What part of Phoenix? I am in north Phoenix Mike Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk 2
  3. Fired mine up on the 21st for a party at the house. Spent 1/2 of today fixing small issues. I will tinker with it for the next 2 weeks and try to add some new songs. Mike in Arizona
  4. I just tried it and it now works for me!!!
  5. I know that R.J. over at DIY has done with with a Pixel Based 5050 flex strip very similar to the CCR. Here is the video: http://vimeo.com/18689729 here is the wiki and look in the library: http://www.diylightanimation.com/wiki/index.php?title=Equipment#Smart_Strings
  6. If you are trying to get up to speed on RGB strips, nodes, controllers, etc. You might want to go to holidaycoro.com and look for the RGB video series that David has on there. They were very helpful in getting me up to speed before I build my RGB floodlights and ordered my Flexstrips and power supplies and controllers.... Mike.
  7. Somehow I missed the fact that these were dumb strings:( My bad. I am also running dumb RGB flexstrips from Ray Wu and have them driven off of 3 channel DMX controllers as well as Lynx MR16 controllers. They look great! Nice and brght, and depending on whether 30 or 60 LED per meter strips you can cut them every 3 inches or less. I will say that I am using the 30 LED/Meter strips and they are incredibly bright! I have also seen a few instances of people using the flexible strips instead of nodes to make a mega tree. Good Luck. Mike.
  8. I ended up mixing my LED strobes 50/50 with xenon strobes. It adds a great look to the display and it solved my randomness issues.
  9. I am building some controllers and getting some strings from Ray Wu based on the Smart String controller over at DIYlightanimation.com Fun stuff!!! Mike.
  10. I have purchased from Paul at CDI for the last 2 years. Wonderful service, good product, 0 Failures
  11. I got into this hobby because it was something I enjoyed and it seemed to make the Christmas season longer for me and my family. We live in Phoenix and sometimes it is hard to remember it is winter and Christmas time when it is still 72 outside. This year was a little crazy and just a little "Off". I spoke to several people and they all said that this Christmas just didn't seem as joyful and enjoyable as usual. I felt it too, but put my display up with just a few small changes from last year. I live at the end of a dirt road without much space to handle large traffic issues, so I don't advertise and keep it as something that I do for family and friends. I was having second thoughts this year about all the work and money that goes into this hobby as I was shutting down the show for the season, and then I was talking to several neighbors who told me that it was a little depressing in the neighborhood with my lights off. That re energized me to do a show again next year! It is the little things in life that make a difference to us, and hearing little comments like this, or seeing the wonder in the eyes of the smaller children always remind me of why we do this! It is to bring others joy as well as ourselves! Remember, be thankful that you are in a position to be able to do this. Enjoy the creativity involved, and listen to these little comments from friends, family, and even complete strangers! It is these little things that make it so worth while!!! Happy New Year! Mike
  12. One last question! Do we use your online ordering system, or fax in the orders like the previous years? Mike.
  13. Thank you, Missed them in all the color and wish list of things I would like to buy:) Mike.
  14. Paul, Thanks for the quick answer. In case you didn't see my edit change, where are the icicle light prices. Not the dripping tubes, but the old 70 count led strands??? Mike.
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