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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.
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Mwhite7097

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  1. I planted a 3' maple sapling last spring and put a string of lights on it. As it grows, I will add strings as needed. In 30 years, I should have a well lit tree.
  2. Do NOT do this! You will be leaving powered male ends exposed and open yourself up to big problems and/or injury. If the top of your tree is too high to access and change the string, make another strand with a hook attached and hang it from the top of your tree. Fix it after the season but I can't stress enough that 2 male ends are a BAD idea!
  3. You can have some of my traffic. It is getting nutty sometimes.
  4. Offer her the opportunity to spend hours learning how to sequence and she can sequence some songs for you LOL. Other than that, I would stick to the songs YOU like. There are many different tastes and opinions out there. I have about 2/3 of the show is Christmas music (most of it fast tempo because the slower songs are boring to me) and 1/3 of the show is non - holiday music, such as Wonderful World, Mr. Sandman, Wipeout etc. Some people want all traditional music, some want the newer upbeat music. You are the one putting in all the work and time, so do what YOU like.
  5. First of all, check your comm cable. Those are usually the suspects when things go "weird" but not weird all the time. You may need a new one. Also, it may be as simple as a bad connection with the light strings. Put them on in the HU and wiggle the connections. If they go off, you may need to replace the plug. Lastly, make sure your channel assignments don't conflict with other channels. I had 2 channels set for the same ID when I reconfigured the controllers and one channel would knock the other out.
  6. I have run 60000 LEDs with the Glade Plug Ins for 3 years now with no problems. As for your strobes, I am not sure you should be dimming them. I believe, as with the snowfall/blizzard tubes, they should be all on or all off. Fading will affect their longevity. Also the new Gen3 controllers will work with your older controllers and old software. You just can't use the new lighting curves and other features until you upgrade to newer software, but those lighting curves eliminate the need for snubbers/plug ins.
  7. It depends on your situation. If you are on a busy street and need to cycle cars through, shorter is better. If it is a rural neighborhood and you have pedestrian traffic, your show can be longer. I have a large field across the street from my house where people park and watch, but I still limit each show to about 1/2 hour to cycle new cars in and because even light shows will get old if played too long.
  8. I am in Ellington, CT. 3rd year doing animated lights. 160 channels, all LED lights. Shows will be up and running the Sat after Thanksgiving. Last year had thousands of visitors and raised $2500 for St. Judes. 1/2 hour shows that start on the hour 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thurs thru Sun. 30 diff songs approx 8-9 songs per show. There is a large field across from the house so cars can pull off the road and watch entire shows. Late in the season we get 50-60 cars per show. I would love to visit others here in CT and W. Mass. Setting up house stuff this weekend but I usually wait until after Halloween for the yard stuff. Starting earlier this year as last years snowstorm made getting up and running by Thanksgiving a nightmare.
  9. I use Audacity to export my files as WAVs without LAME and without problems.
  10. You will need as many strings as you plan on having channels if you want them to be leaping arches. 7 strings for 7 channels should be fine for a 10' arch. Look into the forums about making individual sleeves for your arches. This makes for an easy fix if a string fails. Whether you make individual sleeves or wrap the entire section of pvc, you will be able to see how tightly to wrap your strings by the first section you do. Programming arches to leap is fairly easy. Think of one section fades out as the next fades in, then on, then fades out etc.
  11. Stupid question here but aren't the fuses there for a reason?
  12. I attach from top to bottom. This way I can cover about 3/4 of the cage and get more lights facing the audience. I zip tie the top of the tomato cages about 2" from the very top and bend the remaining legs to use as hooks for the top. I never saw the need to wrap the entire cage. I would rather have the lights cover where yoou can see them better.
  13. The first few sequences will take longer to do as you get the hang of it. As you progress, you will get better and faster. Remember that you can cut and paste segments (such as arch jumps and firebursts) into other sequences, so once you have them programmed, reusing them will save tons of time. My first sequence, Linus and Lucy, took about 30 hours. Now I can do songs of the same length in about 10.
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