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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 ace_master

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  • Birthday 04/18/1985

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    Sutton, Ontario, Canada
  • Biography
    first real season with LOR... learning all sorts of new stuff, lol.
  • Interests
    Mountain Biking, Electronics, PS3, Outdoors, this and that...
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  • About my display
    Started playing with LOR in 2009.

    Running RGB light setup with:

    1x 20FT Mega-Spiral hybrid with 16 channel firework for topper
    8x RGB Minis
    220FT RGB Icicles below RGB strips
    Wire frames
    Blow Molds

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  1. Hey guys, I'm supposed to be doing a display for my local Civic center this year, and everything on the property needs to have CSA approval (or equivalent marking... see below). LOR told me that they saw no reason that they wouldn't have their controllers CSA approved by the end of 2012 summer, so we went ahead and planned everything out. Well I got off the phone with LOR yesterday, and they informed me that CSA approval was not going to happen this year... "OH CRAP!!!" My town has already invested a few grand into this display that I was planning for them, and now I can't use the LOR controllers I intended to use (LOR is all I know). Can anyone tell me if there are any light/computerized controllers out there that have CSA approval?, or know how I can get a few controllers approved in time without costing an two arms and a leg? These are common CSA approval markings (needs to have that C in there somewhere on the marking).
  2. Thanks guys! I'm going to see if I can get a better video tonight, and re-post it.
  3. How do you like mine?... no blow molds, but still St Patrick's Day Sorry about video quality... (didn't have much opportunity to get video in a good daylight time frame)
  4. Would I be correct to understand that users are going to require one of these units for each e680/1 controller board they plan to use? (3 x E681 BOARDS (12 universes) would require 3 x ELOR BOARDS?)
  5. HoLy CrAP!! And I thought my 1500 lbs of food + all the cash donations was impressive for my display... This is by far the best haul I've seen for display donations. Great work!
  6. Anything over 15 mins should suffice... but more is better. My show for 2011 was about 45 mins long in total including the stuff I added after Christmas.... I would see vehicles out there for over 2 hours some nights, watching over and over to see all the different things they missed the time before... Keep in mind the amount of parking spaces you have for viewing... you don't want people sitting out there for 30 mins if you only have 5 good viewing spots.
  7. I have 25ft long RGB strips running off a dc board that is about 50 feet from the start of the strips (75 feet to last LED). I will be adding a second power cable on the same connectors to the other end of a coupld of my strips though, as they have obtained a very mild pink color when set for white. I know it's not what you're asking about but for 110V led strings... I've got as much as 1200 LEDs (350ft) chained together on one big tree that has about 150ft of cable between the tree and the house with no issue (100 to controller + 50 to tree + 350ft Lights). LEDs are great all around, as long as you've got a thicker guage available for long distances.
  8. Im getting about 200 cars/night, and this is only my 2nd year... Have an interview with a nation wide TV channel today... I have no idea what to expect this week.
  9. Size would be dependent on what it is you're holding up... but generally, you shouldnt need anything more than 1/4". For cutting... simply wrap the cut point in a few layers of electrical tape and then cut with bolt cutters or something else on hand that will provide a clean cut. To build a loop on the end, use 'aluminum sleeves', or 'ferrules' (google them, and youll see pics). You should be able to buy them at most hardware stores near the cable.
  10. Thank you, never thought of using a putty-like substance. Ill have to check that out next time I'm in HD. I just wonder about how well it will 'seal' in between the wires coming out of the bottom.
  11. Hey all, I built a candy cane pinwheel out of 'candy cane lawn stakes' on a chicken wire/PVC frame... As I look at it, I wonder how everyone that has done this before keeps the water out of the upside down/bottom canes? I was thinking of drilling small holes in the bottoms of them, but would like to avoid this method if possible. Was thinking silicone or something... but I would like to eventually be able to get in and swap out the incandescents for LEDs (provided I can find a nice cuttable peppermint ropelight). This is the type of canes I'm referring to (mine came with lights in them):
  12. was thinking about this post at work today while deciding what to get to hand out to the kids.... I dont think I would hand out 'flyers'... but what you could do is get those small little clear candy bags (dollar store?) and fill them with mini chocolate bars or whatever kind of candy and use a twist tie with a very small label on it saying something like "we hope you enjoyed our animated Halloween show on ***** Drive... be sure to come back in December to see our Christmas display". I think as long as the label is small and inconspicuous, and stays on the twist tie when opened, people would be fine with that. Just my two cents.
  13. that should work just fine
  14. I use Red, Green, and Blue LED icicles from Creative Displays Inc... of 72 strings, I've only had one string fail on me. and I got a free replacement for that string with my next purchase. Pure White: http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/924/C-6-LED-ICICLE-70-LIGHT-PURE-WHITE/ Warm White: http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/747/C-6-LED-ICICLE-70-LIGHT-WARM-WHITE/
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