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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.

    Crimson Lane Lights Etown

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I am amazed I have not been electrocuted yet! Santa must really need Christmas Spirit!
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      Elizabethtown, Pa
    • Biography
      Former DJ aspiring radio guy (now I can be both with the fm transmitter)
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      Light-O-Rama, Making maple syrup, Voiceovers & Announcements, sequencing my summers away!
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      Problem Solver
    • About my display
      10 LOR controllers. 400 CCB, 6 leapers, 6 arches, 2 mega trees, 24 mini tomato cage trees, 4 dow rod duct tape rope light stars, bush net lights, C9 incan eve lights zipped to 3/4" pvc, two 50wRGB floods, two moving heads. LOR Pro 4.4.2

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    1. I purchased both warm white and cool white strings. The cool white looks more like the C9 strobes when they fire (flash). I mixed them into my show this year as they also come in colors. Love the Red and Green. I added red strobe strings as well as green strings over top of colored bulbs. The ones I bought are dimmable and full wave as well as sealed. Certainly worth the $25 per 100 5mm string. Must acquire more. I use two strings of 100 to run up a flag pole attached to a star for the annual star raising that I do. Strobes are in the middle and hard to photograph. You get the idea. S
    2. Hey Mike, I mount the LOR controller on the mega tree pole and run custom made spt1 wire and vamp plugs to the channels. Nothing special. Wires sit on the ground. I can raise or lower the box on the pole to get the connections off the ground but not the wires. I also use LED lights so I removed one power cable from the LOR box and put in a jumper. 32 strands of 100 count m6 do not draw much juice.
    3. All strobes and/or strobe items should be on one channel. They only work as ON/OFF. Nothing else. Xenon vs. LED: They should not be ON for an extended period of time (like 30 seconds). LED are different but I treat them as Xenon. If you look at videos of others, you'll see brief strobe usage not extended usage. I turn them on at the end of songs mostly but there are many times inside a song that they can be used. Do what you want. I also start them ON a few .10 of a second early and let them ON a few .10 of a second longer so they fire on time. Check out Larsen Lights on youtube if you
    4. Bring all the controllers you are using up to the latest firmware version.(LOR home page under support) Stick with S4 until the issues are resolved. Gen3 controllers will work with HS red adapter (backward compatible). Gen2 will not.
    5. Is your network speed configured properly? Did you add controllers this season, are they G3. Are you using a red adapter? Are they all on one LOR REG network? Are the RGB Pixie2 (4, 8, 16) configured to run BRG? What software are you using, S4, S5, xlights? Make sure your sequences are clean and no timing blocks are filled in unexpectedly that may cause random flashing. Just a few ideas to check.
    6. Tonight is light up! And it's pouring down rain with ice expected! Yeah December! I have to go get as many connections off the ground as possible...I think a winter lager would make it all better. Have Fun tonight!
    7. In S4, when you create a sequence or animation, before you save it, drop down menu PLAY > LOOP AT THE END, then save it. Try That. Also, if you create a show, show builder, you can add the sequence or animation as many times as you want it to play. Just keep adding it.
    8. If you go to Home > Clubs > LOR Sequence Exchange you may find a few. Also an email is nice to have when sending .lms files. Looking forward to move video of the show.
    9. When Frozen came out, seems years ago, I was very slow at getting myself to come on board with "Let It Go!" I'm in my 50's. That's not even a Christmas song. Where am I going to put it in the show? It was like the most requested song and I ended up adding it three times in the five hour show. Now Frozen 2, Into the Unknown. I spent 10 hours programming this puppy. There better be a poop load of requests! Who else is going "Into the Unknown? Are you with me?
    10. Use to start Friday night after thanksgiving with a few songs on thanksgiving night while the family was here for dinner. I now run December First to Jan 1. Not many come around between Thanksgiving and December. I use to run until the 12th day of Christmas, but once school resumes traffic drops to zero.
    11. joshua, is there a screen you can take out and insert a pvc frame?
    12. Window frames, Roof Star mounts, arches, leapers, all pvc. PVC good!
    13. As the years pass, the better/smarter at sequencing I get. This year I added 2 50wRGB floods. Since they are on the opposite side of the house, I will give them the same controller numbers. They will do whatever the already sequenced song says! Additionally, If I can cut a .mp3 from four minutes to two-ish, then sequence, that obviously saves time. Also, a pattern in sequencing has been established, i.e. the bushes are always the beat or the stars are always the cymbal crash. Stuff like that. The first couple if years I went wild and sequenced songs that took all summer. Now I may add
    14. Do I have too? Older kids say no, younger kids say yes! My gut says go with Boom Chicka Christmas after I cut the mp3 down to two minutes. Boom Chicka Boom Christmas before cut down What do you think? Ross
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