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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.

    Mike Barsky

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    1. I'm in Northern Virginia --- specifically in Herndon near Dulles International Airport. I'm pretty sure you can see my lights on take-off and landing. ;-) I've been doing Halloween displays for about 15 years, but last year was my first with Light-O-Rama. I did a 64 channel display for 2011, but am upping the ante to 80 channels for 2012. I will also be adding the singing monster quartet. Here are links to my videos on YouTube... (this is actually first and so far only attempt at sequencing from scratch) Here's a link to my --- without any Light-O-Rama equipment.
    2. With "KISS of Death" in the display, we had to use "Rock N Roll All Nite"! This is my first attempt at creating my own sequence. Not too bad for a newbie.
    3. This is my first posting from my all-new 2011 Chaos Crypt Halloween Light Show. This is my first year using Light-O-Rama. I have a 64 channel setup. I bought this sequence from WowLights.com and edited it fit my setup. The fog machines and animatronics will come out on Halloween weekend. The skeleton band is "KISS of Death" on the Underworld Tour. I plan to post "Rock N Roll All Nite" tomorrow.
    4. This is my 15th year of doing a Halloween display, but my first using Light-O-Rama. I'm running 64 channels with 12 dedicated to the light poles. I'll be posting some video to YouTube, hopefully tomorrow. I've got 33 songs sequenced. A big thanks to all the people who share their sequences --- plus the 4 I bought. It is soooo much easier to edit than to create from scratch. I did create one sequence on my own --- Rock and Roll All Nite. It's for my KISS of Death display. I adapted the plans for 10' Christmas light poles. These are about 6', made mostly with 1 1/2" PVC (3" for the base), using
    5. I'd like two, but it sounds like you only have one left. I'll take the last one --- if you still have it.
    6. I am interested in a 16 channel controller, as long as it is fully assembled and ready to use.
    7. I'm not sure how I missed the latest postings, but seemed to have missed out on most of the controllers. It looks like you have some left. If so, I'd be interested in any 16 channel controllers you have, and possibly some 8 channel controllers, too.
    8. I'm a newbie so forgive me if this question sounds silly. Assuming the 4 CTB16D 16 channel Lighting are fully assembled an ready to use, I can take all four off of your hands. Otherwise, I'd like to buy all 3 LOR1602W controllers. I'm getting pressed for time for Halloween --- this will be my first LOR display --- to so the lack of stock from Light-O-Rama is killing me. I have my sequences ready to go, my lights all prepped, and no controllers to run any of it! Oh, any chance you have a USB485 adapter laying around? - Mike
    9. If you've still got them, I'll buy them.
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