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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.

Bryan Greenwood

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About Bryan Greenwood

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  • Birthday 06/17/1962

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Nestor the long eared Christmas donkey.
  • Location
    Monterey Park, California, USA
  • Biography
    Proud adopted father of 3 troubled boys. Helping them find their place in the world.
  • Interests
    Xmas lights
  • Occupation
    Vice President - Lakeshore Entertainment
  • About my display
    I switch each year between a cuputerized display and just a lot of blinking lights. However each year is COMPLETELY different with all new theme and props.

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  1. I am so excited for you as you begin your journey/obsession. I look back at my videos from past years and I amaze myself at how far I have come, yet at the same time am inspired with new ideas from the newest of members. Keep bringing more joy to the world!
  2. We knew everyone would be doing FROZEN this year so we made sure our show was a little different. We used rock versions of all the songs from the movie (except "In Summer"), with the two snow people singing the songs while the characters (Anna, Elsa, Olaf) danced to 'their' respective song. Unfortunately the snowmen's faces are overexposed in the video (I need a better camera!). I have added the animation of the snow people singing to the upper right corner of the edited video to show you what the audience was seeing. The snow people's faces each have 400 RGB pixels. The hexagon RGB screen in the center of the 22' snowflake is 5' across and made up of 900 pixels. I made the snow people animation in CRAZY TALK 7 and the dance moves for the Frozen characters in MIKU MIKU DANCE. The Frozen 3D models were ripped form the Disney Infinity game. The snowflake was constructed in 6 pieces for easy storage. The flourishes (the "S" curves) are 20' long mental rods bent/twisted down to 10'. The LED light controllers are from Light-O-Rama: SanDevices: http://sandevices.com/ This version of the Disney song is by STELLAR KART: Buy this song on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fro... The Intro piano music is by JERVY HOU: FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/jervyhou TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/jervyhou INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram/jervyhou I hold no claim to the copyright of either song. NOTE: No incandescent lights were harmed (or used) in this display!
  3. All this and annimate your Halloween adn Christmas displays. OMG what are you 25?
  4. Sean: Thank you so much for continuing to develop the software. It has grown by leaps and bounds just in the past two monhts. I am sure you are just as excited to see the community take it even further. Every new release feels like Christmas morning! Thanks again, Bryan
  5. Obviously a lot can be improved upon from my half-baked attempts in 2008 & 2009. We will be adding sprial effects along with RGB grafics to the mega tree for 2011. Too bad Galaxia never quite got their product & pricing right. We didn't attempt something that complex in 2010 as I had to keep that display (and the programming thereof) very simple due to other family commitments. Dancing Snowflakes and mono text in 2008 JB Techno Dancer in 2008. RGB & Mono Galaxia use at 2009 2009 Small World RGB
  6. FOr 2010 we went "simple and serious"
  7. My display used to be in Mission Viejo, then Coto de Caza, but divorce sent me back to LA. At least now a lot morepeople can apreciate it.
  8. I live in Monterey Park, just east of L.A.
  9. We had to sew all the Galaxia strings together into a net into the shape of a 17' x 14' triangle with a rounded bottom. Attached it to 6 17' poles and set it up like a tee-pee around the flagpole as I didn't want it's weight to bend the flag pole as it does not cover the backside. The animation I discussed in an earlier post.
  10. There are 1100 lights on the tree and 100 more that make up the pixie dust. For the most part I made my animation in "Swish" which is a flash program with a lot of preprogrammed effects which is extremely easy to use. Output them as .avi files and imported them as videos into the Galaxia's Constellation program. That program is very buggy right now and does not allow for the curved movement needed for the text to appear parallel to the ground while revolving around a 3-d cone. Also there is no way to get the free flying snowflakes in Constellation yet. Next week I plan on explaining in detail how I did it, what worked, and what did not. Hopefully many will learn from my mistakes. Getting this thing working this late in the year basically wiped out all my time to do the rest of my display. We are completing the display this weekend but it will only be 4 songs. This year I don't have a "show", but I do have an incredible "showpiece". The cars just stop and stare.
  11. Here are our first tests. Turn it up to hear the audio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wsTNe6TTd0 This last one is the Galaxia lights only. there is one channel stuck on after the rain that I will have to fix today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq7Ga4WP_qk
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