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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.

Rob Moore

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  1. Thanks for the compliment Randy. It was a fun project, but man, getting the details of the teeth in there was painful, literally, as I ended up pushing all of the bulbs through by hand. Could scarcely feel my finger tips by the time I finished. :laughing:
  2. I just checked back on LORSequences and you are absolutely right Mike. Checked out your original, it looks awesome. I agree it is interesting to see different people adaptations of the same song or sequence. Thanks for sharing the sequence, it is working out well for me!
  3. Randy, I just wanted to breeze by and post my thanks for this excellent talking head write up. I have finally completed my first one that I will be using for Halloween. I posted a quick vid of a test I did with it, here: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum39/17247.html I now realize I must do one of these for Christmas 2008. Thanks again for the tips!
  4. Thanks for the comments! Yep, 4 mm coro. I bought a 4'x8' sheet and cut it in half for this prop. It is the first time I have touched coro, I was surprised with how relatively easy it was to work with.
  5. Thanks alot, we are having fun. I can't wait to see the kids in our neighborhood. Love your vids too, great job.
  6. We don't put our stuff out until Halloween day. It goes up and comes back down the same day. So here is some test footage shot on my back porch. All thanks to Marty for the initial talking head ideas, and to Randy for the awesome right up. Also, I used a Lorsequences.com sequence as a base for Thriller. I may post up some actual Halloween night footage later this week.
  7. I have always wanted to do this prop. Unfortunately I have never figured out where I would put it. So for now a flying crank ghost is as advanced as I've gotten.
  8. The answer for me was simple. I did not have any outdoor outlets at all. I went ahead and ran 12-2 power cable from my panel to a spot where I grabbed a masonry bit and drilled a hole in my brick and block exterior wall. I drilled from the outside in through the mortar of the bricks for my power to run. Then I put some outdoor rated duplex outlet boxes with gaskets on the brick using brick anchors. I filled the boxes with 20 amp GFCI outlets. I installed 4 new 20 amp breakers and was good to go. Now I have power for my display, and my power tools outside. The materials cost me about a bit under $250.
  9. Ah, a Gremler tree is a variation of a mini tree. The name comes from the excellent right up Bill Gremler did of his tomato cage and garland mini trees. http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/3728.html I did the florist easel mini trees this year and want to add the tomato cage trees next year to add some depth to my display with the different heights.
  10. My list is modest compared to some, but here goes: 32 more LOR channels Double my light count or more (currently 7200) 5 Gremler trees (4 with 2 color change, 1 with 3 color change) more spotlights multi net lights strobes (lots of them) Of course there is also the usual extension cords, etc. too.
  11. I learned there is no such thing as too many extension cords. Whatever you think you might need, just go ahead and double it. I also learned that I need to expect questions from visitors. People asked me some of the craziest questions, next year I'll at least be prepared with answers to some of them. There is absolutely no possible way to satisfy everyone. There are about a million other things I learned. None of them have frightened me away from doing this again, and adding to the display next year.
  12. Target has them. I just bought a couple of sets for some wreaths. They are nice and bright.
  13. This is a great idea! I hope you don't mind me borrowing it for my own village display.
  14. Hey momawreck. I use the tapper wizard sort of like you are decribing. I setup a sequence for 1/10th and then use the tapper wizard to grab a beat, and then I apply it to my 1/10th grid. If there is a diffrent beat, or series that I want to tap separately from the main beat, I open a new sequence, set it to 1/10th, tap the new beat and add it to the sequence. I then copy and paste that into my original sequence. It is a little bit clugey, and I probably am not describing my process very well, but I have found it works pretty well on percussion heavy songs. Hope that helped. Happy Thanksgiving!
  15. Wow, digging out an old thread here! Axel F! That's awesome. Tom, if you wouldn't mind I would love to see that sequence. :dude: Since I got my 16 channel controller I have been all about Christmas, I've wondered what non Christmas songs would look like.
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