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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.

Jim H

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About Jim H

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    Ventura, CA
  • Biography
    Long time static Xmas display-er. Time to kick it up a notch or three.
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    Ornamental Turning, wood turning, Garden RR.
  • Occupation
    Know-it-all-in-training
  • About my display
    Past hx w/ static displays, now adding LOR!
  1. Ventura CA store wiped out also- except- there seems to be a lot of Justin Bieber Xmas wrapping paper left over.............
  2. Jim H

    Led Net Lights

    Sounds like another job for LED KEEPER
  3. On during the show times only. Don't like the idea of powering something when not needed. Combo of safety concerns and energy savings. IMHO, Enjoy the Season!
  4. I have been using this for the last 3 years with no issues at all--- http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023904&p_id=4043&seq=1&format=2 Shipping is reasonable.
  5. If you go the 2X4 (or 2X3) route- you might want to add a couple cross braces just to keep the 2 X's from separating. Don't need any thing fancy, maybe just a couple squares of 3/8 plywood every 1/3 of the span. Good luck,
  6. I don't think PVC pipe would handle the traffic by itself- especially if you are in a cold area. Think about 1" PVC (for weather protection) with a 2X4(laid flat) on either side of the PVC for crush protection.
  7. RE: #9- hard to say without looking at the old sequence. BUT- In the 'old' or 'existing' sequence- 1- Edit/ Preferences/ "DMX Preferences" should be selected 2- look how the channel in question is set-up. The colors should be sequenced via the "Color Fade" tool ("O" key). The Color Fade tool should be set for "DMX"(at the bottom of the tool) Note that the color selection now has a cross-hatch on it to signify "DMX mode". The DMX channel line cells "On's", fades, etc should have that DMX crosshatch. If you don't use the DMX Color fade to set-up the DMX(smart and dumb) channels, you can get an error message in Listener and the DMX controller might shut down.
  8. Lee- and others- the Multicast 239,255.0.5 (to 8) is E1.31 standard networking. the 169.254.74.73 is for communicating with the controller set-up page ONLY. Weitzeld- go back into LOR - change the Multicast IP's to default (note that the last digit will be the universe #) While you are there make certain that the Listener is 5568. Do as FB indicates. Good Luck and don't pull your hair out over this. Seems there is always set up issues that have to be worked through. Good screen shots on your first post.
  9. Ed- if the C7 on the roof are LED then yes, a snubber might help. (resister/ Glade/ incan C9, all work)
  10. Do a topic search on snubbers. Many, many discussions. Basically it's a male plug that has a resistor across the poles. That many strings actually build up a charge in the wire and LED's and the snubber helps dissipate that built up charge. Usually, but not always, placed at the end of the last string. And YES, you can use a Glade warmer. Some guys use the pine scent.
  11. I have made many purchases from Ray Wu. I just used PayPal and have experienced no issues.
  12. Jim H

    Led Upside Down

    NO!!! of course if you are a fan of smoke and sparks, go right ahead............
  13. Strictly Lights- You are not really giving us any information to work with. Have you watched the set-up videos on the HolidayCoro website? http://www.holidaycoro.com/Enttec-Pro-Compatible-DMX-Dongle-p/53.htm
  14. Rely on the written spec's and not on the "look's" PM me with your address and I'll send you one. (gratis) Regards, JH
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