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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.

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke 2 & part of the book of Matthew tell a good Christmas story.
  • Location
    Near Drayton Valley, AB Canada
  • Biography
    I'm a lean, mean, lighting machine since 1986.
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    I like camping in the Canadian Rockies. Hiking in the fall.
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  • About my display
    I have 25,000 lights that run via Light-O-Rama controllers.

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  1. Thinking about the 2015 season & I started to sequence for another year. Oh & I am enjoy going here.. http://www.lightenupcanada.com/

  2. Do you need some sequencing done then please contact Scott at [email protected] If you have questions please contact me.

  3. Do you need some sequencing done then please contact Scott at mrlights78[email protected] & let negotiate a fair price.

  4. Buy the Gen.3 MP3/Director Unit to run the show & keep the Laptop or Deck Top free for internet & sequencing. .
  5. You could dub those 9 channels as "Dead Channels" because those channels are where the various voice/instrument goes. This is the hardest & where the most work will be but once you have all the various markings down then the rest of the actual sequence that make the lights dance goes much smoother, faster. My Lcc file already contains the 10 "Dead Channels" & that is why I skip right to the upload "saved configuration template " section. For the most part my display items usually only change & sometimes how the controllers are set up, & even if the controller set up does change then I can go back to a previous template. Here is something I like to do, I like to sequence words but not just for singing display items but for the Marty Fan & Mini trees. Take the song "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" In one of the "Dead Channels" I call "Voice Fade up/Down" I group words together. So "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" I put a fade up for that whole group of words. "Then with the next group of words "Let Nothing You Dismay".....I fade down the whole group of words. Now "Remember, Christ, Our Saviour" ...fade up "Was Born On Christmas Day"...Fade down. This kind of song is good to have mini trees sway from side to side (works well say from 7 mini trees upward)...the effect seems to be more smooth with more trees I had 16 mini trees then dropped it to 8 & even 8 looked good. The same technique works well with the Marty Fan. Loud cymbals could be used for arches if you have enough cymbal spots being used through the song. I had people that I share sequences with & watched the videos I put up say "the lights flow smoothly, blends in well". After 7 years of musical computerized displays I am still learning &. I am still my own worse enemy when it comes to sequencing. I never knew there were Tutorials on sequencing I simply got out & tried on my own. Then I viewed one yesterday & I thought how close in some cases we sequence alike....I think most of us have some of the same techniques. No matter how we judge our own work we do get better year after year, & others will let you know & those that let us know we need to listen to the advise with grace & see if the sequence can be improved upon.
  6. I was wondering if this thread was still active. I was thinking of this thread & that got me to thinking about this singer I know. She sends me new music to use in my display these past 2 years (3 songs). I used 2 in 2012 & 1 this past season. She & her friend Anthony sent me a upbeat song (the one for 2013) that I used & so I posted a comment on Anthony's YouTube channel & said maybe you can come up with something upbeat to the little Drummer Boy. The problem is that I will need to wait until Sept. or October before I can ask the girl about my idea. I do not want to take away from the meaning of the song either. The Little Drummer Boy is to be an emotional song & to fast could ruin the purpose of the song. However between this guy's DJ mixing & the girls voice I believe they could come up with something. Oh well I shall see in about 7 months time.
  7. Actually most of the displays I see have a singing tree, or pumpkin, or Santa & so words need to be used. Also, it depends on how well you get each word down as timing marks. You can get the words bang on if you take some extra time. Then you can get say the mini trees to sway to the words too. If a person has 7 to whatever amount of mini trees then you can make them sway from side to side just like you can with any of the parts music. " Take the song Holly Jolly Christmas. "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas"...sway right...."It's The Best Time Of The Year"....sway left. In some if not most cases you would never know it was being done to words because the music blends in too. Even in your own sequences where the mini trees were sequenced to music also went along with the words. Look beginning at the 14 sec mark of the "Hippo Song". The words & music went together.....single words & group words. So on knowingly you did the same thing. In fact, you unwillingly did that in other sequences too. If you made the fades left & right a bit longer then it would be right on the words/notes the singer carried. A sequencer should be able to do every part of a song. I read & see what your saying but if you use songs with words in them, then you will somewhere along the line sequence words/music together.
  8. That is the only thing I can relate too in your post. lol However this kind of weather is typical Edmonton, AB weather. Snowed really heavy the whole month of November & most of December up to about December 21and it was like 3.5ft of snow & because of the cold it simply stays & does not melt. I had to shovel the front yard to see my mini trees, fans & what not. The snow & cold kept people away until the weather warmed a to 32F then the folks came for the last 1.5 week up until last night. Other than that everything went well once I got the CCR Matrix to work just before the opening night. I am happy for the most part.
  9. I use it. This year I got the dub audio bang on quickly. I got them bang on the last few years but before this year I had to keep trying until I got it. This year was a good year for me I guess. lol Once you get that dub audio bang on you won't here the original video recording.
  10. Christmas Time Gladness By Marcie Joy & Anthony Webster. I am using this song by permission. This is a fast past song with lots of action. I edited the song by 33 seconds simply because of time. Sequencing this song put me to the test. I want to thank Marcie & Anthony for sending the song to me.
  11. Like what? Of course shipping from Edmonton, Alberta could cost $$$ However please let me know more details.
  12. This is the 2nd sequence I did in Superstar sequencer. Each one I do teaches me more. I am now on sequence 7 & it is really testing me. lol By the way Brian Bruderer takes good care of us. Very helpful.
  13. The 1st 23 seconds of the sequence is Brian Bruderer's work as is most of the animation I simply completed the sequence. I asked Brian if is ok to complete the sampler & he said yes. I enjoy Superstar sequencer. You should see what I am working on now.
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