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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 forte88

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      My son passed away in 2005 at the age of 22 in a hit and run auto accident. Prior to this, I always made him help with the Christmas lights, and he would call his friends to come over to help (mostly so he could get done faster). Since his passing, his friends have continued every year to help with the decorations despite now no longer being "kids" anymore. They have all now graduated college, and have busy lives of their own, and i'm just amazed that they every year they find time to come out and put this thing together.
    1. House decorated almost exclusively with lasers. Just a few strands of LED icicles and some blow molds. The rest is done entirely in lasers.
    2. House decorated almost exclusively with lasers. Just a few strands of LED icicles and some blow molds. The rest is done entirely in lasers.
    3. I'm in San Jacinto California next to Soboba Golf Course and Casino. Private Message me and I'll give you precise directions. It will be in full force again this weekend barring weather issues.
    4. The video showed very little of what I'm doing with the animation laser. The entire animation sequence is a few minutes long with scenes such as Rudolf chasing a snowflake. The Quickshow software comes with a pretty good variety of holday themed animations which I pieced together in a timeline and made my own cue. I think I used a couple that I found online from folks exchanging .ILD files. There is a whole community of people that are animation laser enthusiasts, but most are in Europe. The laser I am using is a cheap chinese laser. It's the REKE RGB 500. I paid under 300.00 for it wh
    5. We added a laser or two this year. The most significant one is the 500mw RGB animated laser using Pangolin Software. Other equipment is: 300mw blue motor laser 5 assorted star laser projectors one with cross effect. The animation laser is connected to a laptop in the house using 50 ft of DB52 cable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdoimvwwNaY
    6. I bought this little projection and have been using it and getting lots of good comments from visitors. I projected it on my picture window on the front of the house over last weekend to see what it was going to look like. . The opening sequence looks really cool as it looks like somebody is walking around in your house with a flashlight and things start to come to life. It's also very kid friendly. The actual movie you purchase is only a few minutes long, but it seems to be just enough to hold the interest of viewers, and loops pretty seamlessly. You might want to check it out here:
    7. I know your going to enjoy your Reke-07. But Fog is almost a must to get it's full effect. It's extremely bright! Make sure not to let that one bleed off the sides of the house because it will travel. Also don't look into this one.. it will hit you like a ton of bricks. When I bought mine, it was rated at 300mw. That is also what it says in the manual that I got with mine. Depending on where you go, some say now 250mw, and others say as low as 150mw. Let me know what your manual says when you get it. When you fire it up, it takes a few seconds to warm up before it starts to shine. You
    8. The projector tree that housed 4 projectors was set about 30 feet from the front of the house. The other smaller projectors were closer with one being about 5 feet, another being around 10 feet, and a third one about 8 feet. They were just placed on a piece of wood on the ground, although one was sitting on top of the roof my truck in the RV parking driveway. The projector tree holds the projectors up about 4 feet from the ground. I would have liked it a little higher to so as not to catch a shadow from the eavesment of the house. But that was the highest I could set my make shift light tr
    9. Looks good Rigel! That's good news about the cold temperatures. I really like the hypnotic laser. I think I'm going to put it on my wish list. I'd love to see it perform on a wider area, say an entire garage door. During Halloween I shined the star lasers up in large trees and it gave the effect of like thousands of fireflies. A couple of my smaller projectors have controls that can slow the motor down which really enhanced the look of fireflies.. or as we called them back in Ohio.. Lightening Bugs. Watch out.. this laser thing can get kind of addicting.. As you can see, video tapin
    10. i'm in the same boat as Rigel; bad back, bad knees, and creeky joints. It took me less than an hour to set up the LED icicles on the house, and I am able to set the projectors up and tear them down every night in about 10 minutes time. In the past it would take me days to setup all the lights we used to use, and that was with help from young whipper snappers. WIth this setup, i'm still turning heads, having cars stop and watch the display without all the physical effort, and I might add; without the elevated electrical bills. I haven't found anybody else around or near my city that is doin
    11. Greg, The video doesn't show it because the music was added afterward for video editing. The filming was done with only 1 camera and it was decided that it was much more interesting to watch the lasers on the house from differant angles instead of just placing it on a tripod and filming from one spot. We only have 1 camera and getting the lasers to show in a low light situation was difficult enough. The video above really doesn't do it justice... 4 of the laser projectors have sound sensors and they make the lasers dance or blink to the music beat. There was outside music playing through
    12. I really like the Micro DG Hypnotic laser. I was looking for something like that when I was purchasing projectors last year. I do worry that 80mw Red and 30mw green might not show up outside on a partially lit house very well tho (especially with it being diffused into cloud like images). I wish the laser was a little more powerful say 100mw red and 50mw green. I found that using the LED dark blue icicles complimented the red and green very well without washing them out, but most of my laser projectors are 100mw Red and 50mw green. I used weaker lasers the year prior and they weren't that
    13. The Reke-07 was just set to Auto. The sound sensor on it wasn't sensitive enough for a comfortable volume for outside music. It does have a DMX-512 input and perhaps I might figure out a way to control it a little better for next year using a light controller. As for the Fog Machine, I had a wireless remote that I could use to trigger the fog from inside the house. However, the fog machine just wasn't powerful enough and many of the nights were quite breezy this year. I need to look at upgrading. Thanks for the infor on the Hurricane 1100. I'll look into it.
    14. We used lasers almost exclusively last year. See my post here with video:
    15. Jeff, Here is a list of the equipment, the cost, and where to buy: The Blue Laser Motor powered is the Reke07. http://www.dinodirect.com/laser-projector-single-blue-stage-auto-sound-200mw-445nm.html When I purchased this laser it was 300mw. I took a double take at my manual after I saw this link. I'm not sure if the manufacturer has now lowered the power, but 200mw should work just fine. The cost was $80.00 + shipping The cross star laser seen on the garage door is made by Kolo. Model KL-TS185 http://www.dinodirect.com/stage-laser-projector-100mw-650nm-red-50mw-532nm-party-kl-ts185.html
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