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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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About SjonRokz4u

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  • Birthday 04/27/1964

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    St Louis
  • Biography
    Obviously a geek PA, Sound System and Light Geek
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    PA Systems Video Systems Lighting Systems
  • Occupation
    Audio Engineer
  • About my display
    Just doing my 1st in 2010

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  1. When I was first checking out light o rama and finding out what it was(after the Lite Beer commercial) I saw a video and I cant find it I was hoping someone can help. It started out with a slow song (don't remember song and its not really relevant), there was what was maybe a wire frame tree by itself (at first) and it lit up segment by segment all blue. I think I want to do one for '14 but Im just not sure Im seeing it clearly in my head. If someone can post a link or the video, or just drop me an email and point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.....Thanks, Shaun
  2. ill try that in the morning, I think its odd that the lights aren't playing either
  3. Another note to help out.It works fine on the lap top that I programmed on but I need that computer for video gigs.. Its like something is missing
  4. Hi Thanks for reading/replying. So I went from 32 to 80 channels everything is good except Im a week behind schedule (got a lot of jobs I didn't expect 3rd and 4th quarter very busy). Got 1 window doing weird things but ive got that.My problem is Ive switched show computers again but unlike before Im not getting music or audio although it shows on the sequence editor. I was trying it from the play tool bar with play lights on. Anytime I switched computers before Ive never had a problem. I think this is the third time.I copied just the lms files then hit media file to attach it to the audio and saved it. I hit play and they appear to play in the sequence editor but nothing in front of the house, so I deleted everything and started over by loading all 4 files associated with the sequence with the same outcome any thoughts would be appreciated Thanks...Just a note..I downloaded a matching version of the software used my key and registered it..Thanks!!!
  5. Hi, Has the transmitter sold yet? Thanks!!!
  6. yeah, I've researched the ALs pretty heavily. they bought the preprogrammed stuff so just sorting the zones, channels and researching addresses was the biggest part. If there were leaping arches, they weren't included in the warehouse. It's a non issue anyway now, I took a different gig today that would conflict with it......and imagine this....it pays my day rate
  7. thanks guys. I was thinking maybe I was just full of my self. the numbers you guys toss out are ironic. my 50 per is a three hr min. I'm letting them know I'm out and if they need a service call its....... thanks everyone for reminding me I am worth what I ask
  8. You know, its funny you say 50, because that's EXACTLY what I charge for calls in my business. With a three hr min. And your exactly right. I thought about it some more over dinner and decided theres NO WAY that's worth taking up every evening from Oct-Christmas Eve + my gigs on top of it. I kind of thought a day rate of $250 or half day at $125 because it was a cool event to be apart of. I could almost consider (just because of the event)200/100, but that feels like Im giving it out. Its a little high for a laborer, but low for technical. On the other hand, I certainly know from my own projects that everything is budgetary. Thanks for the post. Its exactly the kind of outside perspective
  9. This is probably in the wrong forum, if so I apologize....Ive been called in as consultant for a local company (a hands on consultant) that has recently taken over a big municipal holiday project. There are 2 48 ch "Animated Lighting" Shows. We unfortunately didn't talk about money until 3 days into it.. Trust me I know better but... Anyway, I trying to figure an hourly price to give them for all the gig encompasses. First was to come in test and troubleshoot both displays, oversee install and test trouble shoot after install, and if Im interested hang around each night as a technical consultant through every evening during display.. I realize no one wants to get involved in collusion and price fixing so let me frame my question this way. I was thinking 31.25 per hr but I let them put their offer on the table. They offered 15 per hr, which is what the laborers bringing in the boxes and equipment are getting. Honestly Im Thinking 20 per minimum but what do you pros think...By the way, I need to let them know by Thursday If the answer is "you should charge what you think your time is worth" I realize that answer is the correct one but Im looking for other input...Also, for what its worth my wife says 15 per is an insult.Lol...Thanks in advance
  10. I wish my neighbors got into it. al they do is....well... you know
  11. One time we were out looking at lights around the city. We saw a house that had a bunch of lights (sort of like a lawn grid but very close together). They shaped a waterfall that looked like it was flowing toward the street. I imagine it was done with old 90s chasers but does anyone have an explanation? Thanks!!
  12. Thanks, but I changed the order of my channels. However, you did point me in the right direction. I had to make a 2nd copy and import the timings but then I have to go channel by channel and copy paste them.Thanks for the help
  13. Hi Everyone, Im going from 32 ch to 80ch. There are some sequences Id like to save parts of on a particular song. I know I can copy my timing(although I don't remember how I did it), but is there some way to import my old channel assignments to my new ones. I hope that even makes sense. If not let me know and Ill try to clarify...Thanks, Shaun
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