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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'm going to be working so I won't be able to make it.
  2. I'd like to join up for sure. Hopefully my work schedule will allow it.
  3. Its getting to be a little bit closer to crunch time. So just thought I would send out a friendly reminder. Don't loose all of your hard work. Back Up today. Don't wait until it's too late!
  4. Be careful with Hot Glue. We used it last year and once it got really cold the lights pulled it off. It may not for you since yours went on cold, but just wanted to let you know what we ran into.
  5. Online sales? Where? I need lots of lights for my second year also and have yet to find any at the local stores. Where can I get lights or spt online for cheap. I prefer incan's to led's. I really don't like the look of LED's
  6. Yes people really spend between $160 to $240 on controllers. But if you ask most of the people with 100+ channels they'll tell you, they didn't get there overnight. Most people started out with 16-32 channels and added a controller or two every year. I have talked to people that bought two, then the next year bought three more, then bought four the following year. It's all based on what you can afford. The cheapest way is to buy the kits during the sale. But ask anyone on here and they'll tell you "This is an expensive and addicting hobby." P.S. Nice job on your sequencing.
  7. Per Richard, They asked him to send them a video, and told him they may or not use it. Then they told him last month they would be using it and even managed to add his name in to the script. Check out his facebook page for all the details. https://www.facebook.com/holdmanchristmas
  8. CBS has the full episode online today. That was pretty cool. I wonder if the had Richard program that for them at the end.
  9. Vm has lag issues and didn't seem to work. boot camp on the other hand works great, provided you get the correct drivers to load.
  10. Have you actually received your controller yet? You may be waiting for some time as LOR is still behind on shipping all the back orders. It may be best to start for 2012 rather than crunch for 2011. As for your questions. 1. Check out Ultra Shows for some example sequences. 2. You can start and stop your play back in the sequence editior using the space bar, or you can change the play range to just the windowed view or selected section. 3. The best tips I can say are, take your time, learn and ask questions. Buy lots of extension cords, when you think you have bought enough, go buy some more. And finally, don't get frustrated. 4. Leaping arches are a cool addition, but a channel eater. each arch averages 8 channels depending on size. Most people i know use a 10' pipe with 800 lights wrapped around, each 100ct is 1 channel. 5. Slow down, don't speed up. The more you learn the faster programming will become. If you rush it will look like randomly blinking lights. 6. Ask lost of Questions, Test often, and Back-Up twice as often. Welcome to PC, and the crazy obsession with over the top Christmas decorating.
  11. Welcome to PC. Feel free to ask questions and learn a lot. If you want to go animated next year now is the time to start learning and attempting to program. Don't wait!!
  12. This may be the how to you are looking for.
  13. You can only connect 3 strands end to end due to the size of the wire and risk of shorting. As for stacking the plugs, there is theoretically no limit to how many you can plug like that. However I keep mine to 3 or 4. Stacking is simply plugging the male end into the back side of the other stands male end. So as you add more and more strands it creates a stacking effect.
  14. Any of the EDM's are great. I bought the EDM-LCD-CS-EP, but I see a lot of people going with the EDM-LCD-RDS-EP because of the RDS support. Just for clarification, the CS Series is the High Quality, and the TX Series is the Ultra High Quality. But all EDM's are going to preform great.
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