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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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About Crimson Lane Lights Etown

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  • Birthday 11/09/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I am amazed I have not been electrocuted yet! Santa must really need Christmas Spirit!
  • Location
    Elizabethtown, Pa
  • Biography
    Former DJ aspiring radio guy (now I can be both with the fm transmitter)
  • Interests
    Light-O-Rama, Making maple syrup, Voiceovers & Announcements, sequencing my summers away!
  • Occupation
    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. joshua, is there a screen you can take out and insert a pvc frame?
  2. Window frames, Roof Star mounts, arches, leapers, all pvc. PVC good!
  3. 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 one or two songs yearly.
  4. 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
  5. If you are talking about the "Show Editor", then open the show editor, find the show you want to remove sequences from, highlight each one at a time, click on the minus, then save.
  6. Why aren't more of you using this song in your displays? Happy HOLIDAYs by Janet Devlin.
  7. Tomorrow, Dec 1, is light up for me. For several years the snow has always covered my ground lights. With no heat led's, they can go days without being seen. NOT THIS YEAR! And I don't have to bend over to lay them out. Go Vertical! I did peg them to the ground with tent stakes so the wind wont take 'em. Merry Christmas!
  8. Make sure you stop by this year! Check each Facebook page or website for schedules. Follow us on Instagram, Vimeo, Youtube, Twitter or Facebook. We are so excited and honored to be on the tour again this year. Who else wants to be on the tour? Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Wanted to get that in first. To save time programming (sequencing) this year, I have three (3) LOR CCB controllers, one older 5v and two new 12v pixie2's, in my show with the same ID number. On the left side of my display, a row of 100 from left to right orientation. On the right side of my display, a row of 100 from right to left orientation. and in the middle, two 18 foot arches with 50 bulbs per arch. All bulbs are mounted on those Holiday Coro bulb strips then zip tied on a low fence (except the arches). All work well together and look like three different elements all with the same ID. In the HU of LOR S4.3.36, only one Pixie controller shows up, but they all test fine. Just thought you might want to know about adding elements without any sequence adjustments. Now get those shows going! Ross
  10. Over the years I have had many of my crazy embarrassing questions answered on this great site. The responses have been timely considering how busy decorators are normally. I enjoy getting a ton of information from Chuck's magazine. Read it. Look back at past threads for info and ideas. I think Facebook is killing the idea of actually doing research. Get rid of it. Try youtube for videos on how to. Go to LOR website forums (if you have LOR stuff). Have a nice day.
  11. I bought binder clips from staple's in bulk. 3/4" small black metal binder clips. Place around wire, squeeze and release. I have no problem clipping to any shingle anywhere. (Maybe that's not a good thing) But Five years without incident and if the clips are too rusty, I get a new one.
  12. I did such a good job installing two CCF50w (rgb floods) above my garage doors two years ago that I wanted them to be there all year. And so they are. After messing around with the stand alone mode and sequence downloading, I was able to get the floods to work on demand by flipping the power on/off with the breaker. Experienced electricians on this site talked me out of that practice. This Christmas I received "Alexa" as a gift. My thoughts immediately went to how I can incorporate this device into my lights. I now use "Alexa" as the switch to activate each floods stand alone mode or as a group. Pretty cool if you ask me! ps I love to activate the switch remotely and freak out my neighbors! hum, what else can "Alexa" do for my lights show?
  13. Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
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