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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.
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  • 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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Stunkist

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About Stunkist

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  • Location
    North Georgia
  • Biography
    It all started many years ago when my father met my mother....lol
  • Interests
    Entertaining the neighborhood :P
  • Occupation
    Money Maker
  • About my display
    224 Channels of LOR with ~45000 lights
  1. Thanks for the great info! 7 Weeks til Halloween....sheesh....I better kick it up a gear!
  2. So I was at the halloween store last night and my fiancee sees the Webcaster.....the glue-gun looking thing to make spider webs....and decides it might be easier to use than putting up her "traditional" stretchy spider webs (which, incidentally, is the only job she likes when putting up the Halloween display). But at $50+, I'm wondering if it really works or not, if it makes better "webs" than just stretching out the other stuff, and how much of a mess is it to clean up? Does it leave any residue or anything? Anyone ever used this thing? Thanks in advance!
  3. Greetings all.... I will be putting up a 20-something foot tall Mega Tree this year (depending on what lights I choose to use). I have a 25 count string of the C9 strobe lights with 36" spacing. My question: Is there a "best way" to string the strobes around the tree? Do I just spiral wrap the strobes around the outside of the tree lights? Or is there a way that I should weave them in between the other light strings? Obviously, however it's done, I'd like it to be somewhat uniform in the spread from top to bottom. Any suggestions and/or tips will be greatly appreciated!
  4. Thanks everyone....as usual, many great ideas! Always appreciated! And just to explain further for those who had questions, I have two upstairs windows. I plan on plugging the power cords to one controller through 1 of them over the front porch so that I don't have cords hanging down from the roof....and the second I'm running the extension cords from a few light strings into my office, where my show computer will be set up. No Cat 5 worries as I will use a Linker for the porch controller and simply connect the office controller directly to the computer....then to my main linker. Thanks again!
  5. Greetings All, I have a few spots where it will be easier to plug in a controller inside through a window rather than in the yard. My question is this: Do they make some kind of insulation that would kind of "self seal" around the wires running through the gap in the window and allow me to put the window down against it and somewhat seal the gap from the elements? I'm thinking there has to be something that I can cut in a block to the shape of the bottom of the window pane that I could just slice halfway up the height, kinda bend it to open it a little, slide the cords through there and when I "un-bend" it, it will just suck itself around the cord and basically retain the block shape, allowing me to simply lower the window on top of it and squish it down. I hope that makes sense....Any help/experiences/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.....
  6. Greetings again.... I've purchased a couple "coro lights" and they always send the little metal stakes that slide into the coro and then into the ground. If I happened to be making a few of my own design, where would I find those....or longer pieces that I could cut down to the lengths I need? Thanks in advance. Scott
  7. I don't know if this is a dumb question or not, but someone may know the answer. I, like a lot of you, am patiently waiting for the CCBs. Based on what I've read around the forums, they sound great for what I want to do. I've been making the assumption, however, that they're going to work just like a CCR, but with spaced out bulbs on the string instead of being in a strip. I've read that they will be offered in 50 count and 100 count strings. If everything I've heard is correct, how will one control 100 seperate circuits on one device? Or will we be sequencing half a string at a time (to get back down to 50)? Just wondering. Please correct any misinformation I have as well....
  8. Thanks for the tip.....I assume you bring these in every night as there is no mention of them being weatherproof?
  9. Thanks guys....I appreciate the assistance bhays, I was definitely looking at the dmx par can route.....glad someone can tell me that it actually works out. Are there any you've had experience with that I should definitely lean torwards or away from? I'm guessing that they're all going to be about the same, though anything you can tell me about proper wattage would be helpful as I don't want them overpowering the rest of the lights. I've seen some that have 24 1 watt leds all the way up to 48 4 watt leds....I have a two story house and my floods are generally ~20 feet away. Any experience I can steal from you will be great.
  10. I was referring to the modules that dmoore was using in his video.
  11. Thank you all. I do believe after watching the videos that I have a better understanding, though it did bring up a couple additional questions for me. Sorry if they're stupid, but this is how we learn, right? 1) I've read that you can have 20 modules max in series. How many modules total could one have on a single power supply? Based on common spacing, the application I am thinking of would require somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-80 modules per fixture, which is why I ask. I don't really like the idea of one fixture needing two outlets. 2)The Cat 5 cable that's wired to the RGB modules.....how does one go about connecting that to LOR? I'm guessing there's a part that goes between the lights and the iDMX? And what if I had 10 such lights?
  12. Greetings all, I've been reading through all of these posts about RGB pixels and strings and power supplies and controllers.....and I just can't wrap my head around all of the differences and options....mostly from the standpoint of not being an electrical engineer. I understand the science behind RGB....and I understand the sequencing of the RGB, but I don't (and honestly, I don't think I really want to) understand the "how it all comes together" part. I'll be honest, I'm not a DIY kinda guy. I like buying stuff, plugging it in, and watching it work. I mean, I don't mind building window frames or mega trees or things like that, but I am not comfortable when it comes to things like circuit boards, splittng cables, and soldering. At least you know where I'm coming from. It seems as if most of you using RGB lights are well adept at building these things, figuring out how to make them work, troubleshooting issues, etc....which I, admittedly, am a bit in awe of. I realize that it has to save a ton of money being able to it yourself, but with that being said....is there anything RGB on the market that I can just plug in and have it work like the rest of my lights? i.e. Sequence it in LOR, plug it into the right circuit, and away it goes? There's a lot of cool stuff you all are doing with this technology. I really just want to start out with flood lights and see where it goes from there. I love the concept of the RGB coro stars and snowflakes that I've seen, but there is absolutely no chance that I'd ever even consider buying those in a kit....I would, however, love stuff like that that required me only to plug it in, sequence the colors, and watch the magic happen. I hope this doesn't make me seem lazy....because I'm not....I just know what my limitations are. Any suggestions or direction you can provide will be most appreciated.
  13. I dunno.....it shows they have 14 left when I just looked *shrug* Steve, Any reason you can see that it's listed as an "Indoor Use Only" tree? Oh, and thanks for the link!
  14. If you're still looking for the song, let me know Incidentally, my music library is HUGE....so if anyone is ever looking for anything else, I can probably help!
  15. Thanks guys! The stuff at Maya is exactly what I had in mind. I don't really know WHY I want to have shooting flames in my yard, but what the heck....you only get to entertain the neighbors a couple months out of the year....and I promise not to have TOO much fun I will definitely dig around for Brett Hays though...thanks for the tip! As for DMX control, I've been reading up on it, and it really doesn't sound as complicated as I once imagined it to be. Sounds like I should wait to see what happens with LOR's new controller though. Any idea when they plan on introducing it? Seems like the future of christmas lights is moving towards all the RGB stuff (which I do kinda like), so I guess I'll just HAVE to play around with it all Just don't tell my significant other that it's NOT a new Animated Lighting Law....because I think that's the story I'm gonna go with *snicker*
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