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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 mcnamara9

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  • Birthday November 23

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Growing up as a kid, my family always went to "that" house every year to see the lights. Don't remember the gifts, just the tradition of seeing Christmas lights.
  • Location
    Gilbert, Arizona, USA
  • Biography
    Born and raised in Southern California. Live in Gilbert, AZ now.
  • Interests
    Golf, Gardening...and Christmas Lights!
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  • About my display
    Christmas on Comstock

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  1. I'm looking into entering the RGB world and I'm not quite sure where to start. Here are a few of my first questions that maybe the more experienced members can help with. I'm an 8-year LOR user and currently running an 128 channel display that connects 4 houses in a row. So I'm not a total newbie, but I'm not nearly as smart or as good with bare wires and circuits like most of the DIY folks on these boards (I'm jealous of your talents ) Strips v. nodes? Which do you prefer? I saw some nodes in person on a Halloween show and they were pretty cool. Is one easier than the other to install? Does one look better than the other? Best vendor to purchase RGB strips/nodes from? Has RGB strips/nodes been out long enough to know who offers the best quality product for the price? Do you have to know how to solder to work with RGB strips/nodes? Does anyone offer non soldering required product? I have LOR Advanced S3 software license, do I have to purchase the SuperStar add on to program? How difficult is it to program the RGB elements? I'm pretty good with the basic sequencing features and can program fairly quickly now, but the RGB world looks intimidating to program. Dumb v. Smart - What is everyone using? It seems like you have a lot more flexibility with the intelligent product, but then again, is having all of those individual nodes to sequence pretty difficult to program? Thanks in advance! Brian
  2. I'm sorry, but I can't make it. I coach my kid's soccer team. I hope you guys have a great time. Maybe next time...
  3. How do you like PowerDirector? I'm trying to find some fairly inexpensive video editing software that can handle multiple tracks (camera angles of the display).
  4. Do you import HD video into your Vegas program? I downloaded the trial last night and the preview weekend barely moves when I play the video I captured from my HD video camera.
  5. How many channels in total? Is each horizontal section a channel or does it take multiple channels to make up one horizontal section? How many horizontal sections are there? How long was the build time? Are they going to resuse the tree next year? This is outstanding! Congrats.
  6. No, it's for a new customer of mine. I do this commercially as well and just got a new account.
  7. Does anyone have any good sites that sell a fully assembled and tested FM25b or something similar? I only say the 25B because I have used one for the last 5 years. I'm open to anything else easy to use, at least 300 ft. range and reliable.
  8. No worries B-Regal78, these stars will be a part of 176 channel LOR display. - Thanks
  9. Does anyone have any tips/trick on how to bend and secure rope light on a frame? I am making 4' stars out of 1/4" metal rod and want to outline the stars with the rope light. I've never worked with this material before and I'm not sure how easy or hard it is to bend it to trace the frame.
  10. That isn't you on the phone pole, is it? Great to see you posting again...

  11. I am using 2 snow machines that use a bubble mix and they are a HUGE hit with the kids. They go crazy when the sequence turns them on.
  12. I bought these male spt2 plugs a few months ago and got them out last night to start making ext. cords. I noticed this discoloration on them and since I'm not an electrician, wanted to check in with the more knowledgeable people to see if: 1. Has anyone seen this before on their plugs? 2. Are these still safe to use? These are only on my male plugs. Part of the brown stuff wipes away, but part of it does not.
  13. Even though I reside in the Phoenix, AZ area, I'm in Rancho Cucamonga a ton. I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and decorate my father's home with 21,000 lights on 80 LOR channels. I'll be there 11/19 - 11/21 putting up the display. This will be our first year of getting the neighbor across the street animated off my dad's sequences via the wireless linkers. Can't wait!
  14. I always use Lowe's lights (both LED and incandescent) when it comes to big box stores. I have for years. I've had good results with them in terms of quality and price.
  15. I know that if you use 1/2 wave LEDs (from Lowe's, HD, etc.) and want to fade your lights smoothly with your LOR controller that you have to "trick" the controller by placing a pack of minis on that channel so it will increase the load on that one channel. I know you can get around that by buying full wave LED's. Question: If you combine 1/2 and full wave LED's together, will the 1/2 wave LED's fade smoothly since you have the full wave on it or do you need to add a pack of minis to increase the load and "trick" the LOR controller? I have a situation where I have 200 lights of full wave LED's wrapped on a tree but I came up short when I was wrapping. All I need is another 50 or so to complete and was just going to go to Lowe's and buy an extra strand (1/2 wave) but wasn't sure how the new 1/2 wave strand will react. Anyone else run into this problem?
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