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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.

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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 [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
    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 a
    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 ca
    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
    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.
    14. This song is used by permission of the copyright owners. The Sweetapples along with Steve Punt started a cool children's story book with lessons called "Rockford's Rock Opera". It is worth checking out. Anyhow I used this song before (Rockford's Christmas Song) but with the new ccr Matrix I thought I would ask them again if I could use the song for this year & they said yes & so I personalized it just for their family. Please enjoy & Thankyou for watching. Scott
    15. I can do one better....move to Edmonton, Alberta Canada there is plenty of snow here & plenty of jobs for you.
    16. God always approves those who bring the gospel to others. What greater gift at Christmas time than to see someone who might except Christ as their Saviour because of your display..
    17. I love your thinking. The fact you have the birth of Christ along with His death, burial & the ressurection tells the true gospel. The empty Tomb lets folks know you serve a living God. Jesus is no longer on the cross & the blood He shed still cleanses folks today. "How big is God? He is big enough to rule the mighty Universe yet small enough to live within my heart". I am glad you went that extra mile to complete your Christmas display & to show/tell the gospel. You truly are putt the GO in Gospel. Scott
    18. I do Christmas songs & non-Christmas songs but that is just me. As far as Christmas songs go, I go outside the box & find songs that are upbeat & yet are actually very good from independent singers. I have a small collection of autograhed cds , pictures, & even a Christmas card from these singers. Some are close to making it big. A number of these singers gave me their songs for free & I got to release a Christmas song in my display in the 2011 season. It was the 1st time anyone heard the song. However I won't give out my spots other than to say....... check out YouTube
    19. Well after I decided to sell off some of my controllers and went from 324 channels to 176 channels in 2012 that made things a bit easier for me. I had my display taken down completey on Jan.2/13.....wires & all. I covered my wires so they did not freeze to the ground. Pior to selling some of the controllers I was thinking of not doing a display in 2012 & have a year off as it can become to much for 1 guy. It was cunsuming to much of my time & will I had to find the right balance. This year I am good to go & stay with a more managable size display.
    20. I always check over Youtube, Twitter & find good stuff for Christmas. I google a lot lookig for new songs or parody songs. I don't do halloween but there are songs out there.
    21. I cannot say I am sad as I have next year to look forward to. It has been mild since last weekend at 32 degrees (0c) & because of this mild weather I had 1/2 of the display down on January 1st & the other have down on January 2nd. So I am happy because I am all ready working on 2013. I gave a number of my Leds that I was not using away to a young lady that was inspired by my decorating & so she went out & did a nice Static Display in 2012. I sold 8 controllers out of 21, & I sold a number of boxes of Leds to a fellow who needed them. True I scaled back from 21 controlle
    22. Although I sold around 7 controllers last year I was happy with what I did. I am thinking of adding two more 5 channel stars to the display if I have a display in 2013. Then I would modifie the two animated Stars I have now that can "Starburst" & rotate from point to point & make those strickly "Starbursts". I would think about dismantling the 9 pole matrix & would make the Matrix out off ccr's & used the 5 controllers that made up the matrix for other items but that depends if I get the Superstar sequencer figured out, & it also depends on whether or not I have a displ
    23. It is cute. To bad he had to name a City. Would I use it? Maybe but we shall see next year. There are these 2 new Christmas songs as well. The same words with 2 different mixes.
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