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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.

RichardH

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  1. Started hanging lights yesterday. A lot of the trees still have leaves but working on the pine trees right now.
  2. It is an infocus IN24 I bought it used off bay last week. This seller seems to sell a lot of them and they go for around $200.
  3. Chris and I were hanging up Christmas lights today getting ready for this seasond display and we happen across this Halloween display just a few blocks away. The height is high enough to clear UPS and other high trucks. What a great eye catcher.
  4. Here is another test of the singing pumpkins. These are the actually pumpkins that we are gong to use as long as they make it to Halloween.
  5. Honestly I have lost some passion this year for some reason. Since I had to move my display last year to a new location, it was just not the same and it required a lot more work. I had a vision of what my display was suppose to look like in 2006 but i was not able to get close to it until 2007. For 2008 I was going to put my finishing touches on it and my "art piece" would be done. It was a work in progress. Unfortunately I had to move it for 2008 which through off my MoJo and it has been hard to get back the same motivation I had when I started. Don't get me wrong. I still love doing Christmas lights and will continue to be involved with it at some level, but it might be hard to get back that "This is the most Awesome thing in the world and nothing is going to stop me" feeling I had the first 2 years. I felt like I was "On a Mission From God" It is awesome though to see the fire in some the the new people getting involved and the new ideas that people come up with. The "Passion" torch will always be burning with Christmas displays and glad that I was able to be one of the little sparks in that huge flame that continues to burn.
  6. I am not the one that created the video so I don't have the right to give it away to people. You can contact the person that made it through youtube by seeing his video at
  7. I bought the white fence at Lowes and then I took Black, Gray, & Brown spray paint and sprayed it uneven over the fence to give it the old weathered look. The fence was in the garden department and it just rolls up which makes it easy to store.
  8. 2 years ago I had the tombstones falling over all the time. This last year I cut 4 inch strips of PVC pipe and put them on the back of the tombstones with Gorilla Glue. I then used Various stakes (including my Home Depot ones ) and rebar. They are very solid now and don't move around at all.
  9. I hardly took any photos from last year but here are two that I had.
  10. I never found my version that he send me 2 years ago but I contacted him about a month ago and we was able to send me another one. This time I made sure to make a few copies and put them in a safe place. The singing pumpkins will only be running Halloween Night since it involves leaving a video projector out in the front yard.
  11. Doing some testing for my Halloween display. Below is going to be one of my 3 singing pumpkins. I was not the one that created the pumpkin face to use for projection. I got it from another guy who was the one that created it and you can see his video of this same effect at The final pumpkins I will be using will be larger, this was just a test to see how it looks and it turned out pretty nice! I also got a singing Skull video from him to the same song but with a different voice. I then synced them up in my Video editor and made a 1.5 hour video loop of each one. I will then start them at the same time so they will be singing in sync with each other. It should be pretty cool because a different they will each be singing their own part with different voices to the same song.
  12. It will not be as big as my current display. Before I post pictures and give details, I want to make sure it is 100% for sure.
  13. Since it is anonymous, they will never know it was you! (Insert Evil Laughter). It is fun to see is spread down the street and know that you were the one responsible for starting it.
  14. October is almost here. Can you believe it is snowing outside right now in Utah! Anyway I am just bumping this thread to remind everybody about the beenbooed.com web site. Happy Booing!
  15. I have given up trying to figure people out. Some that were totally in support of it the first year, changed their tune the follow year when it started getting more popular. During the end of the season on my second year, one neighbor told me how great the display is and it is just a positive thing and how great it is that we were raising money for Make-a-Wish. He then told me about a close relative that benefited from the Make-A-Wish program. I thought for sure he would be totally for it but at our HOA meeting when we took the vote, he voted to have the gates closed. I thought for sure he would support it. Many of my neighbors were really disappointed to see it leave and were very strong supporters. There have been a few homes in our community that have been foreclosed on, and oddly enough they were all the people against having it here. One guy is even in prison now doing time. 2 households I know of that don't keep up with what is happening with the HOA or attend meetings were really disappointed and shocked to find out that there was even a vote. With the new move ins and the people I know that didn't vote who support the display, I am pretty sure we could get the majority to have the gates open for the Christmas Season. I am kind of reluctant to do it though because it would mean another full month of traffic control. It only works if I am out there every single night with at least 2 others. While the display was running I was out there for 5 hours on week days and 7 hours on weekends. It was like having another job and was exhausting. Since we raise money for Charity, I was thinking if I planned ahead I could get a lot of volunteers so I did not have be out there every single night. This sure is a crazy thing we do and I Love it!
  16. This is one of the reasons why I think I think there should be an adjustment feature per channel in LOR that you can set levels to. For example you would set a range on a channel from 10% to 70% meaning that 0% becomes 10% and 100% becomes 70%. Once your display goes live and something does not work correctly you can easily adjust the range of the channel without having to go through and tweak all your brightness settings. Also it would be nice of the channel adjustment feature had a curve you could adjust that would affect the ramping so you could compensate for the problem of how quickly LEDs fade up compared to incandescents. It could look a curve window in photoshop that you could adjust.
  17. I am doing a commercial job in Park City Utah on a Hotel so a lot of time will be spent setting it up and maintaining it this year. Last year was a ton of work because my entire display was done on trees which required wrapping everything. It was a lot more work than my house and required just as much time taking it down. After working a few days taking down lights and hardly making a dent, we thought we would just leave them up. So about 90% we left up in the trees and I told myself that if they survive the summer and don't fade to bad, then the show will go on in the same location. This week I am going to be plugging them in to see how they look at night and make the decision if it is a go. I just don't have the time this year to wrap almost 200,000 lights in trees. Nothing really new as far as light design but will program some new songs. Come spring the lights will have to come down for sure and I am sure that most of them will be going to the trash because leaving them up all year has taken a toll on them. I have been thinking about bringing it back to my house for 2010. It is just not the same and is hard to get motivated and put your heart into it at another location.
  18. One local place here that decorates all their trees use incandescents for whites and then use LEDs for all the color and it looks fantastic. When I start switching to LEDs I plan on only using LEDs for the colors and sticking with incandesents for the whites.
  19. I just want an edge piece with the brown sprinkles.
  20. One of them should be from me. Here is a picture of it.
  21. A few weeks ago I was at Costco and they have a Record player with USB out that you plug into your computer. http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11207411 Not sure how good it is but sure would do an OK job. I have an old Technics sl-1600 record player and I bought a new stylus/needle for it a few years back so I could record some of my vinyl. Just a good stylus will cost you about $100 though and many are much more. I then use an old rack mounted pre-amp to take it from the record player to a normal line level and then feed it into an external USB sound card. It then takes a trip to Sony Sound Forge where I try and get rid of surface noise and pops and clicks.
  22. I am sure the day will come when I do switch to LED. I have done all my calculations and is just not worth it yet. I have done some testing with some LEDs with fading and it just not quite the same. Different brands fade differently and different colors of the same brand sometimes fade differently. They seem to ramp up to fast and the fade is not linear. LOR needs to make it so you can load in your own custom curves on the controllers for fades so you can compensate for this. I did though buy about 230 boxes of full wave soft white LEDs after Christmas for 75% off. Not sure what I am going to do with them yet. Maybe sell them and get more incandescents!
  23. Mannheim Steamroller - Christmasville Fanfare http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=christmasville+fanfare&x=0&y=0
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