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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.

    Geoff Harvey

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    1. Geoff, I am adding two fireworks stars to my display this year. Have been watching your videos. Would you be willing to share a sequence showing how you sequence your stars? Thanks, Don Leath , Chesterfield, Mo.

    2. Hi Kevin I've recently purchased several of the RGB led strips (1st in your selection - no controller) and will run these from a LOR DC board using 350W 12 V power supply such as http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209855560-289599951/350W-Dual-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-88-264VAC-input-12V-350W-output-CE-and-ROHS-approved.html . The strips arrived with 4 wires connected at each end, so it will be possible to cut these strips into 2 pieces without any need to solder, just seal the cut. The waterproofing consists of a silicone sheath over the entire strip and this is completely f
    3. I personally prefer the cool white LEDs. They give a very crisp effect to the display. However, I still use warm whites whic for Australian lights are very similar in colour to the clear minis. (Australian clear minis are lower wattage than those in the US and tend to be more yellow.) On a number of my elements, I have both cool white and warm white. Running these together produces a nice combination which I find a lot of viewers (& myself) really like. Regards Geoff
    4. Hi Doug Your original thread came up as closed for some reason, so I am replying in a new thread. Our yard is surrounded by a 6' brick fence, so my arches are mounted on that. The splash pools are made from LED tubes (stakes) that I came across and zip tied to a pair of garden plant trainers. I added a few white snowflake LEDs also. On some splash pools, I ran out of the LED stakes and zip tied LEDs to a straight piece of rigid wire. For sequencing, I just treat the pools as an extension of the arch.
    5. Hi Doug I've used "splash pools" with my arches for the last 2 years. I think they work very well and don't add a lot of channels. see 2010 video at & 2009 at
    6. See also the posts under http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/45522-How-to-get-lights-on-top-of-that-big-tree
    7. I Erect my megatree pole with star already in place. I guy the pole and setup the bottom ring. The pole has a series of ropes through eyebolts at the top, one rope to pull up each of 6 segments of lights. I then lay the lights out on the ground, tie the top end of the lights to the rope from the top, and the bottom ends to a board with spaced eyelets to keep the lights in the right order and prevent tangling/twisting. I then simply pull the segment up, zip tie the bottom of the light strings to the support ring and tie off the rope on the pole. The spacer board at the bottom is most important
    8. Hi Eddy My 6 CCRs are hooked as 3 pairs, the 2 CCRs in each pair are in series, so the pixel is 6 RGB LEDs rather than the 3 LEDs when in the original configuration. The 3 pairs are not connected but run the same sequences because they use the same address. As far as resolution loss, this is not really a concern for roof outlines. In all probability, I will be programmimg at reduced resolutions because of the layout and distances. I see that there is a new CCR firmware with additional colour macros and simulated strobe effects. Has anybody tried this yet? Geoff
    9. Yes, BUT the joining is a DIY exercise and they must be powered correctly. See LOR forum http://lightorama.mywowbb.com/forum89/22431.html I now have 3 pairs joined (as pairs) and they operate fine. I am using them as outlines on my eaves. I have set all 3 controllers to the same address so they all perform identical sequences with reduced programming time. Regards Geoff
    10. In Australia, LOR users are running quite a few DC LOR boards (I had 13 for 2009) and many of us use this type of power supply:- http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370311936942&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT This type of power supply is available in a range of Voltage outputs (12, 13.8, 24, 27, 36) and the 350W supplies will typically supply 4-8000 LEDs. I use 1 supply for each 2-3 LOR boards. (Note that the
    11. Hi from another Banana Bender I don't know if you are interested in lights animation, but there are some posts relating to fireworks lights & the making of them on the Aussie LOR Users group. You can search the posts for fireworks. eg http://groups.google.com/group/aussie-lor-users/search?group=aussie-lor-users&q=fireworks&qt_g=Search+this+group I made firework stars this year alomg the line of http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=29530 See them in my video at Regards Geoff
    12. The bow in your pole looks very similar to mine before I added 2 half height guys to counteract the bow, (Yes 2 guys only). These guys worked to stop the bow and I planned to install a full half height guy system for next year. Unfortunately, 2 days ago, we had a brief but strong summer storm where the wind blew from the opposite direction to the guys and the bow. The pole snapped in several places. I suspect that if I had installed the other half height guys, the tree may have survived, but I will now never know. The storm did topple several trees in the neighbourhood and snapped the top half
    13. DrHudd Australia (and at least some other 240V countries), have safety regulations that require most outdoor lighting to be low voltage, although we are now starting to see a few examples of 240V outdoor lights. The low voltage lights run from a step down transformer (plug pack), usually 240->24V. While this has adverse inpact on pricing which is usually significantly higher then the US, it does provide safety benefits AND other benefits, including NO GFI trips in wet weather - the transformers give isolation. Also, the number of bulbs that don't light when a bulb fails is a lot lower.
    14. DrHudd - Thank you for your kind comments. The icicles that I use are 4 channel chasing icicles that originally come with a multi-function controller. They are wired so that there are 2 consecutive drops on each channel of the chasing controller. ie, for every 8 icicle drops, there are 2 on each channel, 1, 2, 3, 4. I then simply cut off the controllers and wire each of the channels to a separate LOR channel. I then use a chase sequence arrangement on the 4 channels to get the chase in the direction required. Note, the suppliers are increasingly going to 2 channel flashing sets which do n
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