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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.
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  1. I am impress that it took the time to make a board layout showing his lights! http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=s7U_iA9pT30
  2. I ran out of SPT2 wire last year and bought some of this landscape wire down at home depot because it was on sale. It looked exactly the same and the vampire plugs worked perfect on it. I figured it was ok since I was only running about 0.5 amps through it. to drive some Christmas wreaths.
  3. Hey I could always use free labor! LOL! PM sent.
  4. Thank you everybody for your encouragement. It should be a interesting project. I am going to keep with the Red/Green/White theme. Really no new features but just moving it all. Actually there are large power boxes right behind the trees so power is not a probelm. The Electrician is coming next week to figure out how we are going to hook up 20 dedicated circuits without outdoor outlets in the middle of the trees.
  5. You have to live in an area that Google has driven one of their camera cars in. You can learn more about the street view at http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/
  6. Hello everyone. Since my Neighbors pulled the plug for 2008 I have been looking for a new location. I had a few locations that I was looking at and this is going to be the one. http://www.holdman.com/christmas/photos2008/pan-holdman-trees-small.jpg It may not look like much from the photo since I had to Make a Panorama out of it but it is a pretty good size. As you can see it is mostly going to be all trees which is going to require A LOT of wrapping (Joy!). We are going to hire some labor though to help out with it so I will not be doing it all myself. The location is on the side of my Dad's house and has a pretty good parking area. Google Street View Here is a sat image with the area marked where the light show will be. It should work out pretty good because the street gets really wide in front of the display which should allow traffic to flow. It is going to be a lot different though then my my 2008 display and will not translate to video quite as well because it is so long and not as tall. People will be able to walk along the sidewalk though and be able to see it up close or park on the side of the road. I plan on placing several speakers along the front so you can hear it as you walk down the sidewalk looking at the lights. As you can see, no house is going to be involved. I plan on putting arches and other things that I have made in the area but still have to plan it all. I know I am running late for this year but should be able to pull it off. Should be fun. -Richard
  7. It has been awhile since I posted but thought I would come on today and catch up on anything new on the PC Community and then read this whole thread. What a sad thing to happen. It is easy to say that God needed him, etc. etc. but this whole thing just sucks! I can't imagine what the family went through and the pain that will follow them for years to come. His family will be in my thoughts and I will be sure to send them a card this Christmas Season. RIP -Richard
  8. I Usually run about 5 or 6 songs but I edit them so they are usually around 2 minutes a piece so for 2007 it was around 12-14 minutes before it would loop. When traffic starts getting heavy closer to Christmas I cut it down to 4 songs and one night I only had two songs going. Many people though would stay for 30 minutes or more though watching the same songs over and over.
  9. If I come to I get to play Ornament Baseball?
  10. I bought 20' long 1inch PVC pipe from Home Depot and it worked out great. I pounded 36" stakes into the ground and just slid it over. I was going to guy it also but it was plenty sturdy and held up great in the wind and snow. I have a video on my site that shows a lot of my display and I show I used stakes with my arches also in this video. You can find it at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/projects.asp
  11. Well it looks like the Big Box Building is a no go for this year. It is in the process of being built and it is behind so it looks like it is not going to be ready for the Christmas Season. I am thinking I may take a break this year and head down to Florida to see the Osborne Light Display at Disney World. I really wanted to go last year but it was not an option since I had to be around to run the display. I think I may just leave my house dark this season and maybe the neighbors might realize they miss it and I may have better support for 2009. Another option is the Church I am going to is building a new Church and the Pastor really likes the idea of having it there and it should be ready for 2009. Right now this looks pretty promising and seems like the direction the display will go. I may still do a display at my friend's or brother's house but it will be smaller than last year.
  12. The Neighbors live in a gated community and have privacy issues about having a lot of people in the neighborhood. A lot of them are great and really want the lights again this year but we had a vote and about 55% of them want the gates closed so that is what happened.
  13. No Recognition needed. I actually stole a lot of my ideas from others. My color changing idea came from watching Ken Goods Videos. Also Ken Maxwell came up with the leaping arches. Seems like the Kens are the ones that come up with the ideas! Each Christmas Light Display is its own unique animal. It is pretty much impossible to copy a display since each location is so different. Just remember to have fun doing it! -Richard
  14. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. Still working out the details. There is a chance that nothing may happen this year if they don't move into their building soon enough so still waiting on that. I am tempted to take a break this year and maybe the neighborhood might want it back again for 2009. There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood and I am sure they are all going to miss it. Maybe if the kids complain to their parents they might have a change of heart. Who Knows. Anyway, Glad to see everybody working away for 2008! -Richard
  15. Boy where does the time go! It has been months since I have posted. I use to spend at least an hour a day on the board but life gets busy. I have been busy with some other hobbies the last few months. I got a motorcycle (Yamaha 1100) and finally got my Ham Radio License (KE7UEP) and have been playing a lot the past month with Ham Radio Stuff. Anyway time to start planning the 2008 Display. As some of you know, I will not be doing it at my house because of neighborhood issues. For those that don't know you can go to my web site at www.holdman.com/christmas and read it on the front page. The plan was to move it to a friend's house but it looks like now I may be moving it to a larger building with plenty of parking. I have a friend who owns a pretty successful business and in a few months they are moving to a larger building and we may use that as the Christmas Location. He is also willing to have his business sponsor the whole thing so I will be able to get some help and pay for some stuff. Also the building is located right by the freeway so lot of people will notice it. One thing I am kind of concerned about though is that it will not have the "Home" look that really works well for a Christmas Display. My house really worked out well so it will be a challenge working with a box style building. One nice thing is there is a huge parking lot so people can just pull up like in drive-in theater. I am a little discouraged because I am starting from scratch again but I am sure I will be using a lot of elements from my past display. If it does happen this year, I am sure we will learn a lot and 2009 should be better (Why am I even thinking about 2009 already?). Anyway, just wanted to stop in and say Hi and I am sure I will be on more often. It was nice to take a little break but time to start planning the display. -Richard
  16. Neighbors are kind of funny. You really never know how they are going to react. My first year I only had two people sort of complain and I got a big thumbs up from most the people in the neighborhood. Many of them even stopped to tell me how awesome it was and they don't mind the traffic. Some of them even wanted to do the same thing as I did and both the neighbors on the side of me where thinking of joining in. This last season though I learned there is "traffic" and then there is "*#&[email protected]$#@%" Before I get any media coverage, there was already a lot of traffic. I am thinking back wishing I didn't do any media coverage for 2007 but I think I would be in the same situation as right now since a lot of people were already coming out before the media hit. We did get traffic under control and had a system so neighbors no longer had to wait to get to their homes but the problem is living in a Gated Community, many of the people have a low tolerance and there are some that are paranoid and think the world is out to steal their children and rob their homes. This is why some of them live in a Gated Community. Not all are like this but there are some in my neighborhood. Even before our HOA was going to have a vote I thought about not doing it for 2007 but was strongly encouraged by others in the neighborhood to do it and they were looking forward to it. After 2007 many people change their minds and many of the people that did support it were now against it but there were several for it still and told me it would be very sad to see it leave. The thing that kept me fighting for it was that several neighbors wanted it to stay. If I had 4 or 5 people against it and everybody else was just "Neutral" I would not do it again but many of the neighbors felt like they were a part of it (even though I did all the work. ). The lady from across the street is angry at all the other neighbors that said "No". I talked to her about a month ago and she was so flustered that she said she thought about moving. So when deciding on what you should do for your Christmas Display, defiantly get all your neighbors comments. If most of them are negative, you might want to rethink a few things. I tried to please my neighbors as much as I could including me and friends putting in 300+ of Man Hours into traffic control which did help a ton but not enough to please.
  17. For those that are using firefox (and those that want to be able to FF and RR in the video) can see the video directly at http://www.fbcpageant.com/sing-we-now.wmv
  18. Looked Awesome! It is always an honor to see people use the Bethlehem Star design that I put up on my web site. Great Use of colors. There were some really cool patterns and you did a great job of giving it a lot of motion. This is a prefect example of using color changes to give you a big animated effect without making it look to "blinky". Great Job! So what Hardware did you use? LOR or AL? -Richard
  19. Have it start spinning really fast so the Christmas Lights go Horizontal! Make sure nobody is standing near it though. :laughing:
  20. JED wrote: Of Course they have ever right. That is why we took a vote.
  21. bhays wrote: Sounds Good! shoot the air for a few seconds and then turn it on. Will Look really cool!
  22. I also have one of those and also thought about putting it on top of my megatree last year. You would have to make a weatheproof enclosure though and it would be hard to get the light beam effect since you have to have fog in the air. I have used mine for the last 5 years for Halloween. I have some video of it outside from two years ago at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b45xqwn0DSs
  23. hazardclass wrote: One per snowflake, so 14 channels total.
  24. ron d wrote: No. The display is being moved and everything will be used.
  25. Baileys_Dad wrote: Thanks for your comments. We do a lot of fun activities together. About a week ago we built a large snow cave in the backyard. Put about 5 hours into and we actually slept in it two nights. My wife thought we were crazy since a nice warm house was only 60 feet away. We cheated though and used an electric blanket. You can see the extension cord in the photo. Here are some photos. The 2nd one I used a very wide fish angle fish eye lens to try and capture the inside.
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