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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. I was told in another post that I could use x-lights to run my LOR sequences with Renard controllers. My question is: what will I need, other than x-lights, to run LOR and Renard controllers together? Is there a Wiki on how to do this? I have 11 LOR controllers and 4 ss24 controllers. Any help would be greatly appreciated because I need to get it set up and tested pretty soon. Thanks in advance, Kevin.
  2. Thanks for the offer. WLC Ventures offered to program them for me so I just need to figure out how to run these controllers at the same time.
  3. Alright, I have acquired 3 more built 24ss, 1 24ss kit and more LOR controllers. I am set for Renards, so I don't want to buy a pic programmer unless I have to. Does anyone program pics? I will pay (as long as it is less than the cost of a programmer). My other question is, should I run x-lights or LSP and what other parts and pieces will I need to run Renard and LOR together. Btw, all my sequences are LOR. Thanks in advance, Kevin
  4. A friend of mine gave me 4 Renard 24ss controllers and I would like to use them. I currently have 256 channels using all LOR. Could someone tell me what is needed to run Renard with LOR software? I have seen other shows that mix the two, but I have never asked as to how they work together. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kevin
  5. This is from the LOR website: When's the Light-O-Rama Summer sale? Don't worry. We're still having one and it should be later this month. Be sure to signup below so you'll know as soon as anyone when to take advantage of this event. http://www.lightorama.com/JoinMailList.html
  6. Can some one tell me the best place to get a buzz box? I saw someone selling them on here last year but I can't find anything on them now. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kevin
  7. I am in need of at least 40 boxes 100 ct clear incan mini's. It doesn't matter what brand because I can make any of them work. I could even use 50 ct , would obviously need double the amount of them. Thanks in advance, Kevin.
  8. Reinders was selling a few nice ones for between $85 and $150. One projected moving bells, trees and canes , another projected hundreds of small dots and a third drew different Christmas shapes. The maker of the lasers had a booth and told me that Reinders are thier retail vendor.
  9. P.M. sent. Sorry to hear of your loss, hopefully his passion will go on to make someone else happy also.
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    Problem With Beat Wizard

    Thanks wallleyes, I converted it to a wav and the wizard worked perfectly. Thanks again, Kevin
  11. k&k

    Problem With Beat Wizard

    I use audacity, but I have never had this problem before. I will try that right now and report back. Thanks for the info.
  12. I am having a problem that hopefully someone can help me with. I am adding some songs to our show, my problem specifically is with go fish's joy to the world. When I try to use the beat or vu wizard I get an error of "can't init conversion". Can someone help me with this or does someone have this already sequenced or a beat track for it that I can use or buy? Any help or info either way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Kevin
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    Thanks Bill, I'm going to have to look into doing this. To be truthful, I've never even thought of doing it this way. How would I do this? Would I just desolder the triac input and re route them as a low power output? I believe this is the way you are saying to do it. Thanks, Kevin
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    I don't think I can use this type unless I buy or make a dc controller because it says max 32vdc control voltage. If there is something I might be missing, don't hesitate in telling me. I am going to see if the same co. has ac controlled units, but in the meantime I'll take any and all the suggestions I can get. thanks again, Kevin
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    The trigger voltage is 120. I am using regular 100 watt outdoor spotlights. I am wanting to use relays because I don't want to take away from the amperage capability of the units, just in case there will be other lights on at the same time. kevin
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