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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.

daryl

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    Vancouver,Wa
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    Just getting started in the world of lights..
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    Computer Tech
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    Just getting started..

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  1. There is a how to on modifying an mr. Christmas to have an audio out so you can do an fm transmitter
  2. They should sell the stuff instead of recycling.. I know I would buy a "used" mega 70 tree with just a year use on it..
  3. I found an app that lets you set your show computer to sleep when you want so you can save power when your display is dark. Windows power saving just turns off things at certain conditions. This app lets you set the actual time it wakes up and when it goes to sleep.. So I am going to try this out and see how it goes on my show computer now that the season is over.. Best of all it looks like it is free for home use.. www.setpowersoftware.com
  4. I wrote up a coroplast primer power point presentation and it is hosted here... http://nwclap.org/2013/05/2013-coroplast-basics-clap-presentation/
  5. Thanks for the link.. The one I had a pic of just has a vent and a 350w power supply for $90.. But the enclosure you showed has a power outlet in it.. Might be a good thing for what I am doing.. -Daryl
  6. I am looking at running some 12v power supplies year round and want to make sure they stay cool in the summer heat. Does anyone know a place where I can et enclosures like this one?
  7. I never lay anything that can short on the ground. If a plug is close to the ground, I zip tie it to a plastic stake so no chance of it shorting or me dying.. That being said, There is no problem with using a short stake so it looks like it is almost on the ground. You just need enough distance if you are expecting snow.. -Daryl
  8. I am in need of the same stuff too.. Anyone have ELOR's they decided not to use? Plus I am looking for a pair of light linkers or similar to connect two houses across from each other with LOR.
  9. Electrical and data cables should always be seperated when possible. The longer the run and higher voltage can interfere. I would suggest you do #3. 6ft apart underground should keep the network signal clean. I would also suggest running a 2nd network cable line through. Better to have a spare or a 2nd network cable in case the 1st fails or you need another universe on a seperate network. Just my thoughts as a network installer/computer tech for 20 years..
  10. Thanks for having this thread.. Here is our Facebook page for our display in Vancouver,Washington www.facebook.com/RgbStars
  11. This was my first sequence I ever built using LOR. Over 200 pixels
  12. It depends on if you are happy with the songs and the way it uses the channels. If you want more control it comes at a trade off of having to program your songs. I personally have bought into LOR for my display and across the street I have setup a Mr. Christmas for an elderly couple that can no longer hang their own lights. While both shows have lights in common... it is trying to compare apples to oranges in some ways. I would suggest taking a hand at trying to do some of your own sequences first using the free download from LOR to play with it. If you find it is something you can do and like, then it might be worth it to go down the path of LOR. Remember, there are alot of people out there that have modified their Mr. Christmas to do alot more than it was intended.. Maybe look around at people's modifications and see if those things will do what you want. Nowadays with RGB pixels coming into play, it is getting into more quality displays and not just adding more lights. Also with LOR or any type of light control software, it is being able to be creative with what you have. Do remember that even if you buy a LOR controller, you will also need to buy the software and some of your current lights you use if they are led might not work with dimming/fading that LOR offers. Check out the threads about full and half wave led lights on this board.
  13. I have the Coro stars... I would not recommend using mini RGB strips for them. With the 3 rectangle type he sells, I think you are better off. For my stars, I angled the rectangle at a 45 degree angle up and hot glued them in a triangle pattern and I tried using a RGB strip... The angled rectangle strips worked better than flexible because the strip you cannot bend them at an angle. The Coro Stars really look the best when all the light is hitting the inner sides of the star.
  14. I would replace the cable you are using. It could have been bent too much and is now shorting internally. If that does not work,s ounds like a short somewhere on the aux out plug.. I would consider redoing the soldering and the jack itself.
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