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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
    The short version is this... I was a Soldier in the U.S. Army and I spent Christmas of 2006 and 2007 in Iraq. I have always loved Christmas but in 2008 I was a real scrooge! I was depressed and could not get into the spirit of Christmas even though I had a brand new baby boy who was born on December 10th. So, in 2009, we went out to look at Christmas lights. We drove through Plymouth, MN where I saw Christmas at the Fischer's Place! (www.plymouthlights.com) I told my wife "I am going to do that! So, I contacted Mr. Fischer and asked him how he did it. He gave me some info and pointed me to LOR then I was off. I did my first show, 16 channels in 2010. I have added 16 channels per year every year since then. This year I hope to do the same which will bring my show up to 64 channels.
  • Location
    Clarion, IA
  • Biography
    My name is Tom and I am a recently retired US Army veteran. I have 3 children, all boys, I have been married to my wife Dawn for 10 years, and we currently live in Clarion, Iowa.
  • Interests
    Computers, sports, playing with my kids, and of course Computerized light shows :)
  • Occupation
    Semi-retired / looking for the perfect job
  • About my display
    48 channels (hopefully 64 in 2014) 2 Arches, 15ft Mega tree, a LOT of blow molds, and about 15,000 lights give or take. (I do have one CCR that I bought in the June sale in 2012 but when I took it out of the box to test it in November only have of it worked so I still have never used it nor have I bought any more :( )

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  1. Mikey, I did not assign controller IDs because I have used them in years past and they worked fine, I will try that though if MrMatt's suggestion doesn't work. I never thought to bypass controller 1. Thanks for the suggestions guys! I will try them out and let you know.
  2. Hello everyone and thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. I have my display all setup and ready to go, I tested all of the cat5e cables, and all of the controllers are displaying solid lights as expected when daisy chained. However, when I start my show, only the lights connected to controller one are responding. I have 6 controllers total. Any idea how to fix this? I am sure it is probably a simple fix, but I am at a loss and having a difficult time finding anything related to this problem online. Thanks again!
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