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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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    first year your 2 LOR controllers on the way
  1. I just purchased a bunch of things from holidaycoro (giant pumpkin, singing quartet, tombstones, pumpkins, light show arrow, and tune to sign) and am needing to purchase about 10,000 led lights of varying color. Where would be my best place to do this? I'm assuming I could get wholesale prices with this many lights, but don't really know where to look. Anybody know where my best bet would be?
  2. Looking to buy preferably LED lights for my Monster Quartet that I purchased for this Halloween and a couple other things I have. Obviously the cheapest option would have been to pick up all these lights a couple days after Christmas at Walmart or Target, but I wasn't sure if I was going to do lights for Halloween yet. So where do you guys think would be the cheapest place to get lights right now? I've used all things christmas and more before and am thinking about using them again, but I was wondering if you guys knew of any place online or in store that would have them cheaper. Thanks for the help.
  3. Put up this display in less than a week once I got back before college. Didn't have time to sequence anything myself, but I hope to do some sequencing next year. Thanks you guys for all the help in this forum. I wouldn't have been able to do this without you guys. And if you're wondering, it's a 32 channel display. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQSpUbM3tBk
  4. I figured it out. The reason I wasn't able to have all the lights on using the hardware utility was because my second controller wasn't working. For some reason, I had to replug the ethernet cables into the controllers. Thanks for the help. Hopefully I'll be able to get my sequences up and running in the next couple days.
  5. I've got 2 lor controllers and I'm just getting done setting up my display today. I know it's late, but I'm doing all this for my dad and I just got back from college last Saturday. My question is, is there a way to just just have all the lights turned on at once without setting up a sequence or anything? I know how to go to lor hardware and then go to console and turn all the lights on, but that'll only turn on one of my channels. Is there a way to have all my lights just turned on for the next couple of days while I work on my sequences for my show?
  6. Ok I was thinking that is what was done but due to the video quality and how well it was done, I could not tell. So short of running different strands of different colors of lights or using all CCR's, this effect is not possible?
  7. How would I go about achieving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnk0KjWxgMAeffect of the lights changing color during my display? I've looked into CCR's, but they're expensive and I'd only be wanting to maybe change between a couple of different colors during the show. If I was to buy these would there be a way to control which color they are in S3? Or is there no way to choose between which color they will be switching between?
  8. Thanks for the help everyone. I was reading through a previous thread on spt-1 vs spt-2 in this forum and cacoulter said, so I'm going to go with spt-1 since at most I'll put maybe 4 or 5 strings on a single channel. And unfortunately, I don't live anywhere near a Menards so what do you think about the quality and price of this wire with these female and these male clips. These were the cheapest that I'm able to find right now that were in stock, and even though there isn't a picture of the wire it says it's in stock. Shipping would be $18 for me so I'd be looking at $205 for two 500 foot spools and 50 male and female clips. And do must of you guys just end up reusing your same cables that you made from last year? Because I read somewhere in this forum that a person had to throw away their cables from last year since they were damaged since they weren't coated from uv protection or something. And I also read that I should buy spt-1w which is suppose to mean it's water resistant. Will I run in to problems if I purchase the wire I linked to living in a place that receives a lot of rain? Or have you guys not run into rain before a factor with your wiring, because snow sure won't be a factor where I live. Lastly, to install the male and female clips on the wire is it as simple and splicing the wiring and threading it into through the clip? Because I've use banana clips before, but haven't been able to find a video on youtube on how to use these clips.
  9. First off, where did you guys buy all your extension cables? I've found some pretty cheap ones at monoprice.com, but for my 32 channel display it would still cost me around $260 with shipping since they'd be like $7 dollars a piece for the 25 foot cables. Second, how water proof are the commercial CTB16PC LOR controllers? I'm going to run two controllers and was going to put the first one under the porch and the second one unprotected out in my yard. Would I have to worry about the controller when it rained. Third, how useful in the superstar sequencer software if I'm not going to run CCR's? I'm looking to maybe program a couple songs for my display this year, and was wondering if the extra $50 was worth the upgrade price. Fourth, how much better do LED's look compared to regular Christmas lights? I'm not too worried about the difference in the power bill, I was just wondering if the look of the LED's was worth the nearly triple price difference. Thanks for the help everyone.
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