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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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About beaflies

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  • Birthday 06/09/1968

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  • Location
    SLO Co, California
  • Biography
    Artist whose dabbled in way too much, been decorating my house like mad for Halloween and Christmas for over a decade. Now looking to computerize and need lots of advice, esp on my very low budget.
  • Interests
    Most things artistic and caring.
  • Occupation
    Hospice
  • About my display
    I try to be a little unique and creative with material. ie: I've found the dome shaped LEDs cast a round shape of light on surfaces. I filled a plastic Chrismas bell with some and hung it so it would cast these shapes all over the driveway, which is in my mind, just another canvas :)

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  1. I'd love some help with this. I checked out the site and am not sure what I'm looking at. What do I need to buy and do I have to buy in bulk? I assume I have to assemble these myself, has anyone made a youtube on DIY FAST assembly? I've seen them on Creative Displays, but just crazy expensive to me. thank you so much
  2. Howdie from Ca, total Newbie here. Been doing research and trying to decide where to invest. On the subject of the Revival controller system, if anyone is still interested. I wrote to the Co and this was their (his) reply: Hi Bea, Thank you for your interest in our product. To address your inquires, I sorry to say that we are not compatible with LOR controllers. We may, in the future work with another Software vendor that will make our controllers be compatible with LOR. Our controllers are easy to upgrade. With all our controllers they can daisy-chain to one another to expand the system. All you have to do is flip a dip switch to address the controller. You can daisy chain up to 128 controllers. That is 5120 channels! If time is your concern, we offer automated sequencing features that will allow you to make an audio frequency of the music to the lighting channel. Afterwards the software will calculate when the music audio picks up and turn on the lights based on the frequency of the audio. We can also create lighting sequences based on the intensity of the audio. These features are what differentiate our software from LOR. (Showtime) At this time we do not sell pre-made sequences. We are planning to have some on sale before the summer is over. If you need some sequences to get you started, I can send you some of mine that I used for my show, just to get you started. I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Best regards and blessings, Richard Truong, Revival Control Systems I really like his Carol of the Bells, which is done, it seems, with only one controller http://www.revivalco...s.com/Showcase/ I'm brand new at this so I don't understand any of the 'automated sequencing features' stuff (I will a year from now, no doubt). I've had one of those 6-outlet pre-sequenced boxes for years and it (and Virtual Santa) helped me win a local contest last year, but it only makes me more hungry to do my own choreography So I talked to Chuck about Revival and of course he would advise any newbie to go for the product with the most support and proven history. I might consider their controllers in the future if they become compatible with S2. I'm curious and would love to hear if there is more than 2 people out there with actual experience with this product. bea
  3. Sooooo, are these sold too??!! Whats a newbie gotta do to get sum luv, um, controllers (at a bargain)?
  4. beaflies

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    Very cool! Would love to see more! and learn how. -newbie
  5. Please email me at [email protected]

    The lights that I use are dimmable. I used C9 on the house roof (LED with 5 LEDs, dimmable) and 5mm on bushes (LED). To test your current lights, once you have a controller and the LOR software, you can hook-up and test using the S2 hardware utility.

  6. Yes I will take it, sorry I have not been quick responding. Just moved and buried in stuff to do. If you still have it, I noticed you re-posted to buy/sell. How much would the program be? Tell me about the lights. I heard it's important to get a certain type of LED that will step and fade properly. How would I know if any of my current lights will work? thanks for your help!

  7. All of the controllers work together regardless of LOR software version or age. LOR warranties all of their hardware for life against defects, all you do is pay for shipping. The controller Software is upgradeable via LOR download page and installed using the Hardware Utility from the S2 software. The unit that I have left is a CTB16PC that has been used for 3 seasons which is less than 200 ...

  8. Ok, thanks. Do you know if i would have trouble up-grading LOR software or getting help with their hardware if I buy it second hand? What model and year is the controller? Forgive me if I ask any impolite questions. I am completely new in this realm. Thank you so much!

    bea

  9. Hello,

    I have one controller left that I will sell for $160. Also, we can talk about what you may need to get started, software, lights, etc.

    Shaun

  10. Hmmm this is the second forum thread I've seen mentioning Windows Vista conflicts (also the LOR Beat Wizard is not liked by Vista, check that thread) I'll tell you from 2yrs of painful personal experience having nothing to do with Christmas light animation. Windows Vista is a horrible product that never should have been released. It's more like a virus in your system. I ended up buying a whole new laptop with 7 and all my troubles magically vanished.
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