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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.

msiebri66

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About msiebri66

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  • Birthday 01/21/1966

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many
  • Location
    Parker, CO
  • Biography
    Like lots of lights
  • Interests
    Building stuff
  • Occupation
    Techinal Consultant
  • About my display
    Static, 10K lights

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  1. I also use C6 on both of mine and like them very much.
  2. I placed an order with them for a spool of spt2 wire and some vampire plugs on 9/2, and I have not heard a thing since. I have emailed them twice, but have still nothing. I guess I have to keep chasing them. Glad to know it's not just me...
  3. Hi, Last year was my first attempt at an animated display with LOR, after many years of a static display. I only did a mega-tree, as I didn't want to bite off too much my first year. I did not do super-strings, but I was very happy with how my tree came out. I opted to go with more controllers and fewer light strings. I think the greater granularity of control makes for better effects with the tree. I documented my complete build on our family website if you want to see all the details. http://barsix.net/?page_id=8 As for sequences, I found it was much better to find sequences that people have made available for similar elements to the one you are building and then modify those. I sequenced a couple of songs from scratch last year, and I didn't the results nearly as much as the modified sequences that I downloaded from others. But I am also not very artistic, so I wasn't surprised. I would be happy to share my sequences with you if you end up with a design similar to mine. Good luck with your build.
  4. tekcor1- Sorry for the diversion, but what song is in that sequence? I tried Shazam, but it didn't recognize it. I'd love to build a sequence to that song!
  5. Before I moved into the LOR world, I used 4 dedicated outside circuits similar to yours, and used an Intermatic ST01 timer on each circuit. I mounted them in single-gang boxes in my mechanical room right next to the panel, and then outside. They can be programmed for multiple on-off cycles, come on at set times or sunset, etc. They were only rated for 15 amps each, so I had to watch the load when I ran mostly incans. I have had to replace a couple of them over the years, but they have generally worked pretty well. You can get them a variety of places online. I still have them installed, but just leave them set for constant on for the circuits that have the LOR controllers.
  6. Sorry for not replying sooner, I've been busy getting the rest of my lights up while the weather is nice here. You can see the details of my megatree on our family website. Go to www.barsix.net -> Christmas Lights DIsplay -> 2012 to see the details. I have several hi-res pictures out there that describes what I did this year. I found it really helpful to look at pictures of what other people had done before I built my tree this year, so I thought I would try to help out other new mega-tree builders. I ordered my velcro strips from Amazon. They aren't as heavy-duty as I would have liked, but we'll see how they hold up. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E1Y5O6/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00
  7. Hi, I am certainly not a pro or a senior member, as this year was my first mega-tree, but here is what I did. I found an old trampoline frame of the diameter I needed on craigslist. I painted it black so it doesn't show up as much. Then I shortened the legs so that the base ring sits about 18" off the ground. I mainly did this because of snow cover, it's not unusual for us in Denver to have a foot of snow on the ground for part of the winter. I also use velcro strips to attach the strings to the base. It's worked well for me so far, as I have had to adjust the string lengths a few times already. I don't know how well they will hold when it gets really cold. Here is a picture.
  8. Thank you all very much for the input! This gives me quite a bit to think about before starting to buy/build. I do have another question that I forgot in my first post, that is individual strands vs. bundled or mega-strands. I have read most of the mega-tree section of the forums and watched a number of videos, but I can’t tell if most people do this one way or the other. My first thought was to run individual strands, I thought that would look better if multiple colors were on at the same time during a sequence. It seems like the mega-strand approach would make it much easier to assemble and disassemble the tree, although it would be more difficult to replace a strand that dies. Has anyone tried both methods or switched from one to the other that could shed some light on this for me?
  9. Hello everyone. I have had a steadily-growing static light display for the last several years. I would like to step up to something more interesting, so I started looking at mega-trees. I have done quite a bit of reading on this site and others. This is what I have come up with so far as a plan, but I need some advice. I started looking at what lights were readily available. I can get 70-count 4-inch spacing LED strings in white, red, green and blue. These have a length of 23 feet. From that I calculated that I need a tree about 21 feet high with a 10.5 foot diameter. If I get 24 strings of each color, that would space them a little over 4 inches apart at the bottom. Do these seem like reasonable numbers? As for the frame, I have an old 10-foot diameter trampoline frame I was thinking about using for the outer ring. We get a lot of snow here some years, so I like to keep things up off the ground a couple of feet. I also have some 2-inch square steel tubing that I could use for the center pole. I was going to stake the trampoline frame to the ground and then use some light steel cable to guy-wire the center pole to the trampoline frame in 4 spots or so. I haven’t read about anybody doing it this way, am I not thinking about it right? Then I thought I should look at what controllers are available. I came across the Light-O-Rama site and liked what they had available. I downloaded the demo version of their software. Then I downloaded some shared sequences that had mega-trees in them. It looks feasible to program the sequences, although it looks like it will be pretty time consuming. Is Light-O-Rama a good choice for controllers? If I get the numbers of strings mentioned above, and tie every 2 strings of the same color together, then I would need 48 channels, or 3 of the 16-channel controllers. Is this right? That’s as far as I have thought it through so far. But I would like to get a sanity-check before I start buying anything. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
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