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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.

Ron Boyd

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About Ron Boyd

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  • Birthday 04/10/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Smiles on children and adults alike on Christmas morning.
  • Location
    Knoxville, TN
  • Biography
    My first year. Been wanting to do a 'puter controlled light show since I saw my first, and by golly i'm doing it in 2011
  • Interests
    Family, Hunting, NASCAR
  • Occupation
    Rad Con Technician
  • About my display
    Approximately 6500 Lights (45% LED) 10x8 mega tree and inflatables

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  1. Post it on vimeo.com. Be sure and put in some sort of disclaimer. Here's what I have on my site: Disclaimer: All songs heard in videos belong to the musicians and their companies. I do not own any of the music heard in these videos and am using it under the "Fair Use" portion of the U.S. Copyright Law.
  2. As promised to Chuck Smith at the 2013 Christmas Expo. A video of the Boyd Family Christmas Light Show. Sequencing by Ron Boyd and Brian Bruderer (Superstar Lights)
  3. Put the ornaments up higher than he can reach for one. As far as the little one knocking it over, put something around the perimeter. Our little one only pulled the ornaments off. There was no problem with him knocking it over. Just make sure its a anchored really good at the bottom. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk 2
  4. My guess would be at the Expo next month in Gatlinburg. Sent from my SAMSUNG-Galaxy-SII Skyrocket using Tapatalk 2
  5. Start-->My Documents-->LightORama->>Visualizer Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
  6. Aahh, That's where I messed up. I plugged in one, let the pc detect it, then unplugged it and plugged in the other one. The pc gave the 2nd one the same comm port #. Even a blind squirrel finds a hickory nut from time to time. Ron
  7. Elaborate please.Turn-key is what I'm best at.
  8. I've started RGB stuff this year and already have 2 sets of the LOR CCPixels, but, I found FastEddy’s Candy Cane design: http://auschristmasl...hp?topic=1723.0 and wanted to do some of those. If you look at the video, the effect I’m looking for is at the very beginning of the video, alternating between red and white and green and white etc. I posted this on another forum and got some great information, even from FastEddy himself, but I think, a little above my skill level. All that being said, I have a few questions. First: these are the 3 things I thought I could use, or something similar, http://www.holidayco...Module-p/56.htm http://www.holidayco...roduct-p/55.htm http://www.holidayco...roller-p/26.htm I’m using LOR equipment. (4) CTB16PC, (2) DIY CTB16PC and (1 ) LOR1602W. S3 Advanced and SuperStar. I haven’t done enough research on the Pixel, E681, DMX, E1.31 support and such, so my knowledge of these things are very limited. I'm just needing a quick, simple, and inexpensive addition to add to this year's display. I've almost exhausted the budget this year. What do you folks think? If you care to look at the info the other fine folks gave me, here’s the thread: http://www.christmas...dules-help.html I thought I’d try this on several forums and get as much information I can to maybe add these this year. Any help would be appreciated. If any of the other folks see this, that have already given me info, I still thank you for the help you’ve already given. Thanks, Ron
  9. I did. I got it figured out late last night. Thanks
  10. I usually pride myself in figuring things out, but right now, I really feel like a big dummy. Someone please tell me that I’m missing something simple, reading too much into it and creating problems that are not really there, or if I’m just a big knucklehead. The auto sequence, I can do, but, I don’t like the way they turn out. The lights just don’t do what I want them to. First let me set the stage, · Thursday, March 29th, 2012 @ 21:03:57 EDT: LOR Grab Sale · 3) 16 channel controllers ordered, check! · CC Pixel string ordered, check! Check out done: · My reaction:…………………. “Woo Hoo I’m doing RGB this year. J” Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 @ 9:00 PM. · My reaction:…………………… “Goodnight Ron, you just wasted $250 (CCP & SS Software upgrade). “Man, what have I gotten myself into. L” Can someone please point me to something I haven’t seen, A video, a tutorial or something that will help me out. I’ve read through the manuals, read forum after forum, gone to the Super Star website and downloaded the PP presentations and, watched Brian’s video on YouTube. I still can’t, for the life of me, figure this program out. I figured out the basics of the Showtime software in about an hour, so I don’t consider myself computer illiterate. Frustrated, Ron
  11. I used a box knife with a straight and hook blade, Jig saw and a band saw. See attached .pdf
  12. It is white coro. Bought 6 sheets from a local supplier I found on coroplast.com and using their distributor locator. Cost me $10 a sheet
  13. Thanks guys. I am now ready to do 4 Bethlehem Stars and will post assembly photos and pics of finished stars. thanks for all the help.
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