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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Creating a new memory every year!
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    Bucks County, PA
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    I have always been fascinated with Christmas lights and thought its a great way to spread joy to your community.
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    Nothing but an effort of love and patience

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  1. you guys are killing me with the RGB strips lol..... guess I will eventually need to just buy a strip and experiment.... not this year though as the financial overlord has cut off lights for this year. Gives me time to watch youtube videos I guess. @qberg- do you have photos or video of your display? I guess seeing how the RGB strips look on these trees might be helpful
  2. @Douggg - most of the photos show solid color, can you make a single strip multi? I think I might just wrap them next year with some extra lights I have and see how it looks...
  3. @qberg - do you have photos of how you did it? or what it looks like after? I don't use any RGB, just standard LED but i guess I could do the same...
  4. Maybe I read the post incorrectly? I thought they were adding social media like features to PC not integrating it with FB.... anyone else get that impression? Personally I think that would be exciting. Keep the forums put each users own page can host their display photos / videos or keep a running tab of their progress each year. I think it would make it easier to follow other users we frequently talk to for advice or just like to follow their builds/ ideas. Then again, I am in from the social media generation so my view of the world is different from I think many people on here...
  5. Someone texted me "hey these are only $10 at Lowes". I dropped everything, immediately went and bought a bunch. They are white, we use mostly multi-color in our display. They have their own "functions" like chase and flash. My current plan is to just wrap them with multis and just plug those into the LOR, leaving the white unused (maybe I will let the white run during my voiceover?, seems like a waste of lights, anyone plugged these into LOR? any problems?). Anyone ever modded these to multi color? or removed the white rope light completely and replaced with another color or multi? Just looking for some ideas other than, wrap the frame with my own multis (I already have them so its not a big deal). PS. I am so excited for next year as I am adding another LOR controller (anyone selling one?). and it will be our biggest show yet!
  6. Yesterday was the last night for running my show, thus it must all come down. Normally we have temperatures in the 30s-40s (Philadelphia Area), but we have been in the teens and twenties for over a week with no end in sight. Looking for tips and tricks for taking down the lights and getting them stored with minimal damage. Also on how to remove ground stakes from frozen ground (other than brute force?). We may also get hit with snow this week, so I might just let the show keep running lol. current plan : Get a heater in the garage, let lights "warm up" before I try to bend them so they are not as brittle. Go slow, one prop at a time into the garage. Brute force wiggle and pull stakes out of the ground
  7. @MrMatt Do you have video of your tree? You have 12 individual sections, no mirror right? I am thinking 4 channels would be 8 sections...
  8. This could turn into a long post, so buckle up. (TL-DR at the bottom) Is it too soon to start planning next year? Looking for some help / ideas from the creative minds and guru's on here. Posted photos of my current layout (2 different years which is why there is a slight variation). Currently at 32 channels, jumping to 48 next year. I hate the net-light wall I created this year, so those are going on the roof next year and attaching to my current roof outline thus freeing up that whole side of my yard. Thinking about putting up two 10ft mega trees with 8 channels each over there (aka new box completely full). Thoughts? Maybe only do 4 channels each and have them "mirror", so still 8 sections per tree but the two opposite each other light up at the same time. Leaving me 8 unused channels, but what to do with them? Looking for relatively inexpensive ideas as the new controller box and all the mega tree lights are basically maxing my budget already. Could leave them blank for future expansion, maybe add a few smaller arches?. The huge tree in the middle of my yard is a problem (and no I cannot cut it down. I love the tree, its the biggest in my neighborhood, easily 4 stories tall and 8-10ft diameter trunk) Planned layout in terms of channels.... I know I have broken the cardinal rule of planning things in 4's. I could blow the whole thing up if you guys think it makes a HUGE difference. If I am going to destroy my layout I would rather do it now, than have to do it as I add more boxes and get to 64 or 80 channels. There are a few ideas I have to make it more into "4s"..... Basically looking for ideas to make my show better, brighter and bigger! without "breakering the banker" TL:DR- What would you do with my yard? and layout
  9. Thanks Matt! Just registered our show and pushed out to our fans.
  10. Had a chance to light it all up last night! Already planning a mega tree for next year and adding more lights to the blue tree (aka buying a new controller and its already filled). Let me know what you all think! sorry for the blurry photos, LEDs are just so bright and it was cold out lol . The multi-tree is PVC and "spirals" - 6 strings of 50ft dome light, 25 feet to each "side" for a total of 12 strings down the tree. The blue tree is new this year- so let me know what you think! no fancy tricks here just blinks to the music Arch is 30ft pvc, 8 sections and of course is leaps! 2 lights poles are each 5 sections so they can dance to the music too. didn't get a good photo of just the 5 mini trees and the net light wall. Far right of the whole display photo. Net lights were supposed to go on the roof but my idea didn't work out so I made a giant 16X 10 ft need and hung it between two trees. Only thing missing is our blowmolds (manager display and a santa), our tune-to radio station sign and our donation box (100% FOR CHARITY).Those will all go out later this week or on Friday before the big reveal.
  11. We light up the day after Thanksgiving every year. Glad to say I will meet that deadline again this year as I was behind there for awhile. Just have some final touches to do this week and put out a few things.
  12. I call these the "light poles". Got them wrapped up and out over the weekend. Its basically a U made out of wood that slides over our porch pillars. All the screws that hold the lights are on the back of the U (not in my house! YAY!) and no wasted lights on the side facing the door. Each one has 5 sections so they can dance to the music.
  13. find a way to weigh them down or maybe you can build platforms out of shipping skids. then you just have to mount your stuff of on the platforms which you easily take on and off.
  14. starter pack for sure... comes with the controller, software and everything else you need.
  15. "whole house fm transmitter" it gets the job done, nothing special about it... I use it and have no issues. some people on here hate it though / have horror stories
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