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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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About tboerjan

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  • Birthday 01/17/1953

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  • Location
    Rock Falls, Illinois, USA
  • Interests
    Computers, music, gardening, stained glass,...sports
  • Occupation
    Education until retirement May 2010!!!
  • About my display
    LED Leaping Arches, mega and mini trees, natural trees and bushes, LOR 64 channels, 1 Firefly unit so far...
  1. I would do it as a "leaping arch" laying down. I seen a video of that effect once, but have no idea where or the name now.
  2. You also need to make sure you have the same artist, length (mins. sec.) etc. and/or they original sequencer may have shortened the song. Videos, also add all of the previous things, too, as they very rarely match up, when and if you do them.
  3. Has your file association changed with *.lms to ffdshow instead of LOR?
  4. tboerjan

    A big Thanks

    Thanks, Carrie, David and Dean for hosting such a wonderful event. Everyone was great, it was so nice to visit and see old friends and make new ones! I learned so much my head hurt, too, like others have said. Have to work on a train and dmx; lasers and pixel screens are out of my tax bracket for now....
  5. Joseph does AL, I believe, I fell in love with the song, too, and have sequenced it to LOR. I would be willing to trade it to you if you're interested.
  6. Richard Holdman posted his here(PC) and, I believe, a few other places. Get his, cut it down or use it to learn from; check lorsequences.com. These are for LOR which you don't say if you have AL, LOR, LSP, or something else......
  7. Here is Darryl's site link to purchase his "Virtual Santa"; money well spent, I might add: http://www.christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=3 Then set your dvd player to "chapter" and have it repeat or endless loop to your projector. The dvd has rightside up and upside down versions to fit your situation.... What is this that you mention? " i also think it's neat that you can project the wmp virtualizer."
  8. Yes, I realize that you can't use all of my post (AL and all), but as others have mentioned, starting and stopping projectors is very hard on the bulb, projecting black seems counterproductive. Information, pictures, etc. seems to me, at least, the best way to utilize your projector, between videos. I also project mine on to a mylar screen on the inside of a 4x4 window, so mine is out of the elements and doesn't grow legs, I use a second projector showing Daryl Brown's Santa video in an endless loop in another window - which brings as much happiness as my light show to young and old kids alike.... So, I hope you can use some of my ideas; they took me a "long time" to come up with and lots of thought process; and will give you (and others) a jump start on your display.
  9. Here's a "How to ...." I made and posted on Constantly Christmas and LOR's site, too: I have used some of Ken's video's and uploaded a couple, too. Good stuff ! Synchronizing Videos with Light O Rama
  10. Try lorsequences.com and move/delete channels until it works for you. I would have your blank seq. open and copy and paste into it from another seq. of equal song length.... you may need to practice alttle first and/or try to do one yourself to get the hang of it....
  11. I use .1 second for a couple of reasons. First, I was told incadescents can't turn on and back off again in less time (probably just start warming up and then are shutting off before they start to " glow") and it would give you twice as many "events" to fill in every song, twice as long to sequence, if you were filling every cell. Now, I realize most people don't have that much detail, I also don't think many listeners would pick out those details. Personally, I would rather spend my time doing more songs, building other display elements, or other effects in my shows. There is no correct answer, and everyone is going to defend "their" method. It becomes a compromise of what you want to spend your time on. Keep in mind that as you add channels, you will be locked into this. S2 has some features (tracks) that lets you around this issue to a degree, but I wouldn't suggest it for a novice. Hope this helps you out!
  12. Aurora will read and convert LOR files, but not vice versa. Too bad that would open up a whole bunch more sequences.....
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