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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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  • 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 got to see Judy in person in 2010 at Christmas in Cumming (RedNeckChristmas's display) and got to thinking. How cool would it be to see some photos and videos of how others pulled it off. Maybe see a behind the scenes if you have done her show, or any live shows like it. Please post links or photos to this thread. I also mentioned the idea to Judy and she loved it. So if your on Facebook, like her page, then tag her in the photos and videos.
  2. Sure I want that. I love the snow. Besides, I think it's funny when everything shuts down because they forecast snow. What I don't want is what usually follows snow in Georgia, and that's ICE! The ice is horrible. So, snow = yes, ice = no.
  3. Incans. I want to switch to LED's but don't have the money. Some of my sets are getting old, so it may be due to that. But it seemed to create a weird seizure like effect. It was most noticeable on the white's like icicles and such.
  4. I found this out a few weeks ago too. However I must warn you. Test this on actual strands you are using in the show. I though it looked great until I saw how some of my lights reacted. You may not have problems, but just test it to be sure.
  5. Will you be re-liking everyone who "likes" your page?
  6. Awesome display. Got any behind the scenes, or how to's on how you pulled all that off?
  7. Hmm. Ok. Have you tried installing third party codecs? I think K-lite codec package is what I have used in the past when I needed an odd codec. It may work in fixing your mp3 ones.
  8. 12 More Controllers, 11 Palettes of Lights 10 RGB Pixels 9 More feet of Mega Tree 8 More channels 7 spare bulbs, 6 more miles of extension cords 5 Animated Characters 4 More sequences 3 inches of snow 2 snowman in a snow ball fight and A Scrolling Sign made from Christmas lights!!
  9. Hmm, I would try converting one to a different bit rate. I know wmp used to have problems with variable but rate songs. Can you pm me a song and see if I can replicate the issue here?
  10. Couple things. You can actually uninstall windows media player, its just a little different than normal. First go to the add/remove programs, then look to the left or to the top for a menu that says turn windows features on or off. Click that then proceed to uncheck windows media player. It will need to be restarted. The go back and re-check the box. this will do a clean install of WMP11. If that doesn't help, I suggest using a program to convert the file to an mp3 instead of a wmp. This will rid the file of all codecs that may be causing your issue. Most mp3 programs have a built in feature for this (don't use windows media player for this step). If you program cannot convert it to an mp3 consider using itunes, or audacity to convert the file. Hope this helps
  11. jhunt2006

    It's On

    Somebody asked a little while ago what gets you in the mood for Christmas. Well, if this doesn't get you in the mood, it may be time to consider a new hobby (if you can really call it that) Glad to hear your setting up. Good luck!
  12. Never had any problems with tiger, but I also recommend newegg!
  13. Seems RedNeckChristmas got a lot of us hooked. But apparently you never talked to him or your pop quiz would have been. 1. Don't do it, 2. Get it out of your head, 3. Why are you still asking? Oh well, hope you bought enough extension cord. I'm nearby so if you need any help, just let me know. This will be my first year going animated and I think I am on the right track. Just tested all 7000 lights last night, and ran through every sequence the night before. Now I am counting down till setup.
  14. Bumping this thread. It's getting close to time, and this is when you are most likely to skip a back-up or two trying to get the show ready. Back-Up more now than ever. I just had another hard drive failure last week. Thankfully everything was back-up. Keep in mind, running a computer 24-7 is hard on components. So all of our show computers are more susceptible to failure. Keep them cool and let them breath and they will thank you for it in the long run.
  15. jhunt2006

    Roll Call Ga

    Here in North GA. Just trying to get everything ready for my 1st year animated.
  16. I like the idea of presents under your mega tree. I wouldn't recommend caulking the hole as it will cause a different pressure causing the condensation to appear faster. I would simply leave them open but allow some way of water to drain. Maybe another hole in the bottom. As for painting, you can usually get translucent paint from hobby stores, but its more expensive. Please be sure to post pictures of the final result. I would like to see how they turned out.
  17. I have always found FRY's has cheap wire/zip ties. http://www.frys.com/product/4089072?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
  18. Is the mobile site missing? It was working great before the upgrades, but now it seems to be gone. I am not one for the tapatalk as I have had problems with them in the past. It anyone else having problems?
  19. Well, I am glad to see I am not the only one that doesn't have a direction. Seems like we all just want MORE LIGHTS!!!
  20. So my wife asked me the other day, where are you heading with this Christmas thing. What do you want it to become, what are your plans for not just next year but a couple years down the road. I sat for a minute, then simply said. I don't know. So now my question is to all of you. Where is your display headed? What are your goals for the next, say 3 years? Maybe add a mega tree or two, some arches, 20 blow molds, reach 1 million lights, or be seen from the ISS? Maybe your dreams will inspire me to come up with a better answer than just More Lights!
  21. I am starting to wonder if I can pull it off this year!

  22. If you don't have a full copy, you may want to look into a virtualized machine instead. you can get some versions that include the os for free. Just keep in mind it will be slower and you may have problems with drivers.
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