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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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. We had problems also tonight since our snow turned into rain.
  2. We left a lot of our lights up over the season. The ones that were brand new actually look pretty good but the ones that already had a couple years of use are faded and have a pastel look to them but are still acceptable. I will not be using them again for next year.
  3. I think that is a picture of the Brazil tree which was not as large as the Tree currently in Mexico City which is 110 meters high. My Dad was down there in Mexico City and his hotel was right by this tree (not his video) Another video that compares the two trees in Brazil and Mexico City
  4. The Denver Post has contacted me and interviewed me about Animated Christmas Light displays. She has interviewed 2 people already but wanted to know if I knew anybody else in Colorado and I told her I would post a message here. She only needs 1 or 2 more people so if you want a plug for your display, please contact her at [email protected] Here is the email she sent me
  5. My favorite effect is the fade. Use them correctly and together creates a cascading smooth feel that will blow your visitors away. I never use twinkle and I only use "shimmer" for .20 seconds on my arches in Music Box Dancer.
  6. I just put a 3 foot long stake in the ground and have a simple screw that holds them to the stake. It would be easy to rip the stake out and run with the controller if they really wanted it. I am guessing that most people just think it is some type of power box. Never have had a problem. -Richard
  7. As soon as I saw the words "Awesome" I knew it had to be a post from Jeff. :121_reindeer: Looks real nice! You did a great job painting it. I may have to do this for next year since it seems a little easier for people to understand than mine. -Richard
  8. This post can be deleted. Request Filled within 10 minutes! Thanks Shawn! -Richard
  9. RichardH

    LED lifespan

    I think it is going to be awhile before I switch to LED. It takes about $150 to power my display for the season but it would cost $15,000+ to replace all the lights I use in my display to full wave LEDs. I can replace all my lights with incandescents for $1500 with after Christmas sales and around $3200 if paying full retail price. It would take 10 years to break even with LEDs and I have serious doubts that the strings would make it that long with all the problems I hear. Also there is no way I could even afford $15,000 for LED lights at this point of my life even if they did last 10 years. I believe in saving energy but there are a lot of other areas in my energy usage life where I can cut down and make up a whole lot more than $150 without spending $13,000 to do it. As soon as it makes sense to go to LED, I am sure I will switch.
  10. This is exactly what I have done the last 2 years and you can read more details about it at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/projects.asp and even download my excel spread sheet.
  11. You have to get the video and edit it yourself in a video editing software if you want it to play back only certain things.
  12. Great Job! I am sure everybody enjoyed it!
  13. Thanks Chuck! The HD does make a difference. Yes. It is hidden right behind a tombstone and then I use a low watt orange bulb to give more ambient lighting to the pumpkins.
  14. There is a lot of good videos that you can buy at http://www.hallowindow.com/ that is where I got the guy that screams. The guy that screams is from Hallowindow 1 and you can buy the download for only $6 http://www.hallowindow.com/products?downloadable=1 great stuff!
  15. Looks great Gary! Can't wait to see the video. Did you set any kids on fire? LOL
  16. Thanks for the compliments everyone. A few details about the display. I am not the one that created the animation for the singing pumpkins and the skull. I came across and the guy that created the animation sent me a copy on DVD. The video I received was each character singing for 1 minute. I then brought them both into some video editing software, synced them up, and made a seamless loop video that runs about 1 hour. I then use two DVD players, one for the singing pumpkins, and another for the skull and start them at the same time so they are in sync with each other. What is really cool is that it is a different voice for the pumpkins and for the skull. The Pumpkins is on the Left side of the sound track and the skull is on the Right. They sing in sync with each other and you start hearing the skull singing as the pumpkin fades away as you walk towards our door where the skull is. I am sure many people don't notice, but I like it. The skull display was made by taking my 52" LCD screen and laying down and putting some Plexiglas above it at a 45 degree angle. It gives a cool effect but I think next year I was just use a video projector from inside with a sheet. I really don't moving my TV around and have to set it all up just for one night. Here is a picture of the set up As far as the lighting animation, I just programmed a 1 minute loop with LOR that runs over and over. Not using LOR for any of the sound/music. There are a few other houses and go to some effort of decorating for Halloween night besides just have some pumpkins on the porch. There is one other house in our neighborhood that does a really good job and uses some really large Halloween props. They are very professional looking and easily could be used for a commercial Haunted house. Last year they made an entire spook alley in their garage. The thing is though that our gates are closed. Last year a week before Halloween I sent out an e-mail to everybody asking if the gates were going to be open for Halloween and some people replied that we should open them and some replied that they did not want them open. I didn't push the issue and the gates remained closed. The gates were also closed this year. Here is the thing though, so many people are coming and going that people just following somebody in or enter the exit when somebody is leaving. If you could not get in, people would just wait a few minutes until one of the gates opened. The vote that took place for 2 years ago was if people wanted the gate open for certain Holidays. It had nothing to do with having "to many" lights or decorations on your house. I have been thinking about maybe bringing the Christmas display back to my house and if people happen to follow other people in, oh well. I had a few neighbors though including some that are new move ins that never saw my Christmas display but have heard about it that want it back. I am seriously thinking about doing it next year at my house again and what every happens, happens.
  17. No those are real trees. The one on the left is 20 feet high! I had to bend them down with a rope to wrap the top of them.
  18. What a day and night! I am exhausted of setting up the display all day and running it. Sure is a lot of work for one night and I get to clean it up tomorrow. But it was worth it. We had 500 pieces of candy and by 8pm we were running low and I had to run to the store and buy another 200. I am guessing we had around 600+ trick or treaters. It seems we get more and more every year. Here is a quick video I made and uploaded to YouTube. I plan on editing a better one some time next week. And a few photos.
  19. Great Display! I love the Candyland sign.
  20. I had someone pass along this web site to me and wanted to know what I thought about it. I thought I would also most it here to get other peoples reactions and what you think are the pros and cons. http://www.nolightmess.com/ The Must-Have, powered, Christmas Light Winding and Storage Device. Wind and Store your indoor/outdoor Christmas Lights, Holiday lights, Christmas Decorations, small extension cords, cables and more in seconds. Video of it in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63qURAFdRzg
  21. Well I plugged in the lights that I left up all year and have mixed results. The lights that were brand new for last year look fine but the ones that have been used for a few seasons already sort of have a pastel look to them. They actually survived better than I thought they would so the show will go on for 2009!
  22. I am not quite ready to make the jump to LEDs since I want all my white to match including my C9s and Snow Flake Rope Lights. I am selling around 220 50ct GE Soft White Leds for $6 each. I prefer to sell the whole lot to one person but if there is not any interest within in the next few days, I will start breaking it up. This is the price I paid for them. They were Normally $12 each but I bought them for 50% off after Christmas. At first they were marked to only 25% off but the day they hit 50%, I went in and bought them all. These are Full Wave and fade with LOR. These are pretty close to the color of incandescents since they are soft white. I removed them from the boxes when I bought them so they would take up less space (which took hours). All These LEDs are brand new and have never been used. The bulbs are removable and each set comes with 2 spare bulbs which are all in a zip lock bag. Here are some photos This box says blue, since I threw away all the white ones, but it looks the same. I am only selling white. This is a comparison of the lights compared to others. The 1st set is Normal LED White also called Cool White. The 2nd set is what you are buying, Soft White. The 3rd set are normal clear incandescent lights. Shipping will be the actually shipping charges. Please send me a PM if you are interested. Like I said, I prefer to sell them to one buyer but I will break them up in a few days if nobody wants all of them. Here are the specs off the box. LEDs - 50 Total Set Wattage - 3.2 Socket Spacing - 4 inches between sockets Total Length - 17.3 Lighted Length - 16.3 Max Connected Sets - 25 Sets
  23. It is good for a camera phone. To get the wide shot though I took 3 photos on my iphone and merged them together in photoshop.
  24. Just ran some statistics on the beenbooed.com web site and thought there were interesting to see which state is the most popular. I posted them on the site at http://www.beenbooed.com/mostpopular.asp
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