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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.
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  • 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.

Lil' Joe

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  1. Has anyone ordered any of these arches? I had actually found them on a site for $9.95 a few weeks ago, and then a week later they had been marked up (I'm pretty sure it was a mistake but I'm kicking myself for not buying a few). Anyway, would love any feedback if you've bought one.
  2. I'm interested in the Two Light-O-Rama controllers CTB 16PC if no one else has spoken up for them.
  3. I'm surprised you had issues with the Big Lots lights... I've had pretty good luck with them, other than the half-wave flicker.
  4. I bought 6 last year, and did each tree a different color. Eventually I'll convert them to multiple colors/channels. For the most part, I've been very pleased with them. I think you will enjoy them as well.
  5. Something like that is exactly what I want to do... although I'm not sure I have enough strands, and I don't know if Home Depot is still selling them. I'd like to maybe put each color on its own channel, but be able to line the yard like that. When you were putting yours together, did you have a lot of problems getting the plastic bulbs to snap shut or the holders tearing up? So I envision outlining the yard with them, and then putting north poles and leaping arches behind them... think that would be too much? **EDIT** Never Mind - I see your leaping arches behind them. SWEET!
  6. I'm thinking of a Mega Tree for next year, and I'm having the same thoughts on number of lights. Eagle5 - how did you actually lay out your lights? Did you do 2 strings of one color followed by 2 strings of the next color? Meaning you have 2 strings of the same color next to each other? Or were you able to alternate the strings, but with two strings being on one channel, you get ever other string lit up? Just trying to get a visual.... could you take a picture and post it when you have it up? Also, could you take a picture of the top on where the strings come together? I'm really clueless of where to start... I'm digging into the mega tree forums now. Thanks!
  7. Ah, good to know... so I don't need to worry about resisters or anything like that in the plugs.. I could use a standard SPT-1or/2 vampire plug on it, and it should work.
  8. I'm thinking of turning some pathway lights into individuals light strings. These are typically 5-light (C7) strings. I'd like to do this so that I could put each light on its own channel so that I can animate them. What do I need to do in order not to blow the bulb up when doing this? I would assume that a single C7 light plugged into a regular 110v power source would blow the bulb. These are the lights I'm talking about...
  9. The Main Street Electrical Parade - It's about 5 Minutes, 15 Seconds
  10. I have finished my first sequence. I did "We Need a Little Christmas" as sung on Glee a couple years ago. This is a 16 channel sequence. Right now, all I can show off is the LOR Visualizer. But it gives a good idea of how the sequence will look. I'm rather proud and super excited... moving onto my next sequence.
  11. I received my very first LOR today. I took some video of a test run making sure it works. I have a lot of work to do as far as Music Synchronization, but I'll get there. Here's a video of my test: http://youtu.be/8orHgr7f7q8 Very excited! Any tips/suggestions welcomed. I'm glad I only have 16 channels to worry with this year. I'm having a hard enough time figuring out what will be on each channel (and knowing I'm sharing channels too).
  12. How do you manage the power? Do you just zip tie your power cords to the back side of the arch?
  13. I've taken it down to about a 11.5 min show (6 songs). I do like the spiral megatrees.... Any pointers on which articles on here are the best to read first on building them?
  14. I saw a show tonight, and they had 2 mega trees where the lights were put on in a spiral. It was awesome! I definitely want one of those lol.
  15. Did the sale start today? I can't seem to find any of the pre-order items listed with the sale prices.
  16. Thanks everyone, this is really helpful. As far my arches, yeah maybe I'll scale back to 6-channel arches. I was going to have probably around 5 or 6 to go around my front yard. The channels I have for the arches will all be shared.
  17. Yeah, upgrading the power will be taking place in January. I've got to upgrade to a 200amp service. And run a few 30-amp lines (as it looks like that's all LOR sells now, or at least all I seem to come across). Eventually, I"ll probably have to run a separate service just for the Christmas lights lol. I also need to invest in single color lights - most everything I have is multi-color. If I do a mega tree next year, I was going to use the many boxes of c-7 multi's that I got from allthingschristmasandmore.com on the cheap ($5 / 25-count box - commercial grade). I also need to plan what are all the elements I'm going to have. I can easily see needing one controller dedicated to the Mega Tree - 8 channels for multi's and 8 channels for white. I want to do leaping arches as well, so 8 channels for that. If I start with 32 channels, then that leaves only 8 channels for anything else. As you can see, there's a lot of swirling going around in my head... need to get my thoughts in order... definitely looking for guidance on where to start there. I figured working on song list to go ahead and get sequencing underway would be the best... but will be hard if i don't know what I'm going to actually sequence lol.
  18. Thanks for the re-grounding... exactly what I needed! You're right, maybe I'll start with only 32 channels, and grow from there. I'm really thinking of focusing more on the Chipmonk pieces as a) they're usually shorter, and it's easy to pick up the different musical elements for animation.
  19. So I’ve been going through music and putting together a list of songs I want to tackle for the light show next year. I have 19 songs that I definitely want to try to use. This would make about a 45-46 minute show. I also have a list of 6 songs that I may want to do, but probably will not. Am I over stretching? I hope not!!! Need help and guidance... Probably looking at tackling 48 to 64 channels. Definite: Christmas Concerto - Track 7 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 1 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 0:41 Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24 - Track 8 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 1 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 3:20 Wizards in Winter - Track 4 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 3 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 3:04 Mister Santa - Track 7 - A Christmas to Remember - Amy Grant - 2:31 Here Comes Santa Clause - Track 1 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 1:46 Jingle Bells - Track 3 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 2:39 Up On the Housetop - Track 6 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 1:35 We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Track 7 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 0:56 Over the River and Through the Woods - Track 9 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 1:59 Santa Claus Is Comin To Town - Track 13 - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks - 1:47 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Track 1 - The Magic of Christmas - Garth Brooks - 2:58 Baby Jesus Is Born - Track 5 - The Magic of Christmas - Garth Brooks - 4:00 We Need a Little Christmas (Glee Cast Version) - Track 1 - Glee: The Music - The Christmas Album - Glee Cast - 2:44 Baby, It's Cold Outside (Glee Cast Version) - Track 4 - Glee: The Music - The Christmas Album - Glee Cast - 2:46 Jingle Bells (Glee Cast Version) - Track 9 - Glee: The Music - The Christmas Album - Glee Cast - 2:55 Carol Of The Bells - Track 12 - Home Alone - John Williams - 1:25 Carol of the Bells - Track 10 - A Fresh Aire Christmas - Mannheim Steamroller - 3:54 Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells - Track 3 - Osmond Family Christmas - The Osmonds - 2:33 Jingle Bells - Track 2 - Christmas in Space - Pomplamoose - 1:57 Maybe: Bough of Holly - Track 2 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 2 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 4:27 First Snow - Track 4 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 1 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 3:58 Queen of the Winter Night - Track 8 - The Christmas Trilogy CD - 3 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 3:16 Wish Listz - Track 18 - The Christmas Trilogy - CD 3 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 3:40 The Most Wonderful Day of the Year (Glee Cast Version) - Track 5 - Glee: The Music - The Christmas Album - Glee Cast - 2:01 01 Joy To The World - Track 2 - Christmas in the Aire - Mannheim Steamroller - 3:40
  20. Love the CCR and your Mega Tree.... WANT!
  21. I've done a smaller display this year as I'm planning to really jump in next year. Probably about 2300 lights or so. I'm using mostly LEDs, some of which you can see flicker in my video lol Can't wait to make snubbers soon.
  22. I finished my final two coro's tonight. One white, and one Yellow. I connected them to a 3-channel Multi-Function controller with a red tree.... Video is still processing, but hopefully it'll be up soon:
  23. I'm already finding this out! LOL - but it'll be worth it!
  24. How did you put up your Santa and Reindeer... Those are awesome!
  25. Just regular old incandescent lights. 4 100-light strands per tree.
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