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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.

Thiel Family Christmas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Polar Express
  • Location
    Monroe, NC
  • Biography
    Jumped in with 128 channels several years ago. Recently moved and looking to setup again.
  • Interests
    Christmas, DMX, LED
  • Occupation
    Business Analyst
  • About my display
    Starting over from square 1.

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  1. OK - I have been looking on youtube for displays with different lights. I have a little delima with the family. We want to see the different types of lights at night so we can determine what type of lights we want to use. Inca lights are out of the question. We are looking at smart RGB lights but don't know if we want to do the nodes so we have the lights spaced out or go with strips with some sort of diffuser on it. So if anyone could point me to some displays or comparison pictures, I would be greatly thankful.
  2. Hello again all. I am trying to find some different pictures to show to the family to determine what kind of lighting effect we would like to have on our house. First off - I will be going smart rgb. The question is what type of smart rgb do we want to go with? Can anyone provide the different types along with what they look like on the display? Thanks for the assistance.
  3. Mike - Thanks for the info. Yes we did have fun building a lot of things ourselves. We jumped into the deep end with both feet. Went from 0 to 128 channels and completed everything in 9 months. I am not expecting this this time as the learning curve into smart pixels. But looking forward to getting started. We definitely want another star, snowflakes, north poles, wreaths and mini trees. I have 5 tomato cages that I will be adding and have some cool ideas for them and hope they all work out. So to get started - where should I start? Where should I purchase my smart pixels from along with the controller.
  4. I also have had that same thought, but the thought of starting all over again with incandescent lights to switch them out later just isn't sitting good currently. I also feel the same with LOR - great items but a premium price. I will check out xlights page and see where we go. If anyone else has anything on this, please let me know.
  5. Hello all! I am starting my display over in a new location. At my previous house I had 128 LOR channels with close to 50k lights. When I sold the house, the new homeowner wanted my complete system so I sold it to him - EVERYTHING! So now I am in a new home and in a new state and looking to start over. i am looking to dive into the world of smart pixels and DMX. I have 1 16ch LOR controller. So now you know my life story here is my question: What is the best way to go with smart pixels? Where do you recommend purchasing them from? What controller will I need? How will I power them and how much power will I need to have? How do you mount these? Do I stay with LOR software? As you see I have a lot of questions and I know I still have many more to ask. So please help with any and all information that you may have. It is greatly appreciated. I have also included a picture of the front of my current house. Some old nasty videos can be found here - "https://vimeo.com/3099146" Thanks in advance for any and all help. I received a lot of help from here in the past and I know I will get the same.
  6. Hello all! I had a display with 128 channels on my old house. When I sold the house, the new buyers really wanted my LOR setup so I used it as a bargaining tool. So now I am starting over. I am looking for ideas on how to make the most of a single 16 channel LOR controller. I am open to moving to DMX, rgb, smart pixels - you name it.
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