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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.


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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Always Winter but Never Christmas
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    Forest, Virginia
  • Biography
    Give me hobbies or give me death.
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    Production, music, data, home automation and hopefully RGB Christmas displays.
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    Analytics and Marketing Automation
  • About my display
    I find lights laying around the garage and put them somewhere around my house. Hopefully this will get a little more organized soon!

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  1. Hello! I am about to dive in to this world finally. I am looking at purchasing the HolidayCoro HinksPix Pro AC16 with 10 - 10w Holiday coro flood lights to light the exterior of our home starting this halloween. I am looking forward to learning how to create my own shows, but for sake of time, I would like to get some quotes for what it would cost for someone to sync some shows to the singing pumpkin projections: https://www.thesingingpumpkin.com/. I am ok with buying some of the pre-made Holiday Coro shows that look like they may work with this setup already and then tweaking as necessary. Do you all recommend that controller for this project? I know it is over kill for now, but planning to expand soon. Is there any other hardware/software needed? I haven't settled on a software yet and am open to suggestions. I'm thinking around 5 songs to get started for this halloween. Thriller, Bohemian Rhapsody, and a few more. Open to other ideas since I haven't hit the buy now button on anything quite yet. Thanks!
  2. Once again, thank you so much for your help! Last question for now, I would like to start out next Christmas by purchasing sequences. I saw LOR and HC have sequence stores. If I go with X Lights, will I be able to easily purchase and play sequences if I mostly match up the elements that I purchase? Would I need to purchase LOR software or controllers in order to play their shows?
  3. Would it be possible to run the landscape lights year round with the alpha pix? Could I set that up to control the lights with a phone or remote? Sounds like that cotroller might be overkill, but would like to stick with one controller for the time being if it makes sense. Would set up landscaping right away and then start planning for Christmas.
  4. Thanks so much for the reply! This sounds like exactly what I’m looking for. Is this the controller you are speaking of: 16 Output EasyLights E1.31?
  5. Hello World! I'm brand new to this and am a bit overwhelmed haha. I have seen the 10w x 8 flood packages at LOR and Holiday Coro, that will probably work for lighting the siding, but haven't been able to find any small up lights with a more narrow angle for two trees that have been planted on both sides of the house since this pic was taken. I want to start with the floods that will be out year round for general landscape "up" lighting, but would like to go Griswald over time. Our house including the garage is about 65' wide. Will either of those packages work? Will the controller (CMB24D) be enough to add smart pixels and other fun stuff or should I go bigger? Looking to spend around $600 this year to get started. I know that isn't much in this world, but hoping to start with the right controller and software and add pixels and more controllers as money becomes available. Will 10w floods work for our house or would 30w-50w be better? Want to be able to show maybe 4-5 unique colors at a time in different sections. Let me know if more detail would help.Thank you all for helping a newbie!
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