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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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  • 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.


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Everything posted by MrMatt

  1. Get a stack of $$$$$ and tons of extra time lol. But for reals, Start by reading what you can find, and look for tutorials on YouTube. Maybe explain a bit what you already know, and what type of display you are trying to build, and we can help with more specific answers.
  2. Did you use bluetooth speakers or headphones to sequence? bluetooth has a delay. But to your other question, I have seen no delay on headphone jack or FM transmitter. if only some things are coming on early you have to adjust that individually, if you have everything a bit off you can "Skew the whole Track" see this http://www.lightorama.com/help/index.html?the_edit_menu.htm
  3. Yes, I have both the 100 count and 50 count minis and they are great, I have heard the 300 count strings work but don't last very long. I have now over 7,000 holiday time mini led bulbs and have only had one small issue. Best bang for your $$ in my opinion
  4. Any songs you are looking for? I may have a few that would work with a 32 channel. I have found that most shared sequences don't transfer very well because layouts are just so different between houses. But some you can take and copy over to your own layout (not using directly) and work pretty good.
  5. Amazing Deal! and service I got my order and wished I could have got more! Thanks
  6. Just start with the cheapest one that has the features you want. . Many will tell you to go higher but it doesn't cost any more $$ to upgrade later if you choose to. I really think that the Beat Wizard is a useful tool so I upgraded to be able to use that.
  7. While I haven't used it for a show I did test this idea and it works fine. Al long as the window is clean. And most projectors have a setting specifically for rear projection to mirror the image for you. I used a cheap frosted shower curtain from Walmart and it worked great.
  8. You should try bypassing controller #1 meaning connect to all the other controllers only and see if they work. Then you will know that the cat 5 outlet of controller #1 is bad. It is fairly common to have them get damaged. You can use a cat 5 splitter to fix it if that is really the problem
  9. Looking Good Big J! I hope to get started this weekend, I feel like I am way behind this year. I look forward to more progress pics
  10. Every time i have put a retrofit LEd on a watt meter they pull 0.9 watts to 0.96 watts, both the 5 LED style and SMD. That is still less than 1/7th of the incans, but if you are going to use a large quantity the the difference in power consumption will matter. But in addition I too recommend the C9 LED retrofit, I use them on my home and in my local lighting business. I love the quality and brightness.
  11. One called synchronized Christmas, and I know Leechburg lights did it at one time, also I think I came across some others through eBay.
  12. Not sure if I entirely understand your question, but it sounds like you want to add more RGB lights, You can buy rgb lights and controllers from Light o rama or Holiday Coro or more to expand the lights. To program them you can add more controllers to the current sequences you have, and may need to upgrade your LOR software license to do so. Or you can use the Xlights program which is free, but can be complicated if you are not computer savy
  13. Generation is usually on the top left corner of the board
  14. MrMatt

    Roof light clips

    Do you mean up and down from the roof to the ground? If so I am not sure but I think you would use hooks
  15. I know that in general the Falcon controllers are considered to be the ultimate controller. The word is that LOR sells good quality pixels, but at a premium price. And many buy directly from China through AliExpress.com I was asking the same questions you had a few months ago. The Aus lights forum and xlights pages have tons of information. I ended up deciding to stick with traditional lights for now due to the higher cost of pixels.
  16. Lots of people use this place http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/category/All-Christmas-Woodcraft-Patterns
  17. I love planet Christmas, I understand how Facebook is more convenient in ways, but I definitely think forums are a more efficient way to share and store information. My suggestion isn't very you, but advertise what's here, come up with ways to show how this forum is better than social media
  18. There is also a Facebook group light o rama sequence sharers
  19. I think showing some pictures of your current display will help us give tips. I made my first mega tree this year about 18ft tall. I have had lots of compliments and a few asking where they can buy one. So I would say that it makes for some added flare :-) I would be happy to try to help you with any questions
  20. Looks great, after making all of those do you have any tips you can share? I am looking into doing some next year, and I am sure you learned some do's and don'ts along the way. :-) also can i ask you about the presents, did you make them too?
  21. Looks great! Your arches look like its a jumping ball of fire in that video
  22. It is heavy! 6ft tall and about 40lbs. I put an eyelet in the eave about 12" from the peak on both sides, and attached pulleys like shown below and tied it off to a rope cleat with a bolt clamp so a neighborhood kid cant let it down. Then i use some paracord that is similar in color to my house that I tie to the bottom as guy wires to keep it from swaying in the wind. This is my first year doing it and so far it works pretty good.
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