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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.

Stiokoff Christmas Lights

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About Stiokoff Christmas Lights

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  • Birthday 11/07/1953

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A viewer of our Christmas display had just watched the show and was driving away when their small child said, "Can we go back to Santa's house, you know, the one with all the Christmas lights?"
  • Location
    Geronimo, Oklahoma, USA
  • Biography
    Lifelong resident of Oklahoma. Retired farmer/rancher where we had 450 acres wheat and 60 acres cotton each year and had around 25-30 pair of catted. Retired as IT Operations Division chief at Fort Sill, OK in 2005.
  • Interests
    Christmas lighting, RVing, keyboard and guitar
  • Occupation
    Retired Information Technology/Communication Executive
  • About my display
    Began synchronized Christmas display in 2006 with 20,000 conventional lights and 8 LOR controllers. Now have 50,000 lights - 85% LEDs and RGBs using LOR and MADRIX software. Display includes four 4' x 8' RGB screens and many home made props including a 13'x26' mega arch/spoke combo, two 32' spider arches, and a 30' mega tree.

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  1. OK, disregard this problem. Operator head space. Didn't see the expanded views available in the grid section. Still working out the kinks between the old S4 sequences and S5 regarding the previews but still have time to get my bugs worked out and new props included in this year's show.
  2. Followup on the above issue. The data DOES transfer into the new S5 sequence, but the grid on the screen does not show the data. Only black cells are shown during the playback. Also, the "motions" option is ghosted out when I select a cell or multiple cells of my RGB props in the grid. These all worked in S4.
  3. Upgraded to the latest LOR S5 software and have begun transitioning from S4. When I load the old sequence, none of my data from the PE.LID file is being imported and does not show up on the working grid at the bottom of the screen. Anyone experienced this with the new S5?
  4. Either date is OK with me. Looking forward to sharing sequences and more ideas with the group. I have been using a 30' mega-leaping arch the past two years that had 4600 lights on it (16 channels). Unfortunately, it is entirely too large and cumbersome to haul. Am looking at retiring it and going for multiple 20' leaping arches for better effects than the one single arch. Would also like to talk about the future of LEDs and some of the new technology in that field. Thanx for the invite and Teresa and I will see you in April.
  5. Just wanted to invite everyone to our light show. This is my third year with 160 LOR channels and 37000 lights. Have custom built most of my displays including a 30' breakover mega tree (a flag pole the other 10 months of the year) and a 13' high by 26' wide mega arch that is comprised of 8 equidistance arches and 16 spokes that could warrant a show all by itself. The display is located 10 miles south of Lawton on US highway 277/281. It runs from 5:30 to 11:00 pm nightly and there are two separate shows. One show runs on the even days of the month while the second show runs on the even days. If anyone knows of some end-of-season bulk/pallet sales of LEDs, let me know. I'm ready to move on to the "next level" on many of my displays. I also have hit my 100 amp limit with the current light load I now have and must either have "Scotty" give me more power or go to the energy saving LEDs. I'm opting for the latter. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good "light".
  6. Our "elf weekend" begins Nov 1. Got my son-in-laws, daughters, friends, etc coming out to help in stringing lights and setting up megatree. This is my second year for syncing lights to music. Went from 80 channels last year to 192 this year. Looks like this is the "year of the arch" after seeing the display at LOR's booth at PLUS07. Plan on building one similar to it in the next week or two. I had already built a multi-arch display before PLUS. It is 13 feet at the topmost point, 26 feet across at the bottom and has 7 equidistance smaller arches under it. Also will be putting 16 "spokes" on the display. Each arch will have two different color garland lights while the spokes will have multicolor. I will use two LOR controllers on it. Am anxious to see what the effects will be:waycool: Wayne aka ChristmasOkie
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