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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
    To keep this short I'm going to share my favorite Christmas movies, because they all tell a story: Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life, Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey, A Christmas Carol
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    Cypress Texas (Houston area)
  • Biography
    Easiest way to do this is to check out this page on our website: http://www.johnsonschristmascorner.com/about-us/
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating, my daughter's travel softball team, READING!
  • Occupation
    Marketing Director for Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
  • About my display
    You can see all the details of my display at my website. www.johnsonschristmascorner.com

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  1. Sorry Kenny. I didn't get an email so I figured you had someone already on the hook for this. Unfortunately I was there yesterday all day but don't anticipate being back that way anytime soon.
  2. Hey kenny. I'd be very interested. I'm going to be in the area this weekend (not sure where you area) for the Lone Star Holidays Haunted tour (if you're interested you can come along as well. No charge for the tour). How much are you looking for? No lights I get but what is included?
  3. As requested: http://www.theultima...-academy-recap/ We'll have some photos up on the site soon as well.
  4. The Academy was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make it happen and to those who attended. If you're interested here are a few videos of the event: What is the Academy? Why did you come to the Academy? What was your favorite part of the Academy? 2014 registration is open now (July 11-13, 2014). Make your plans to join us: http://www.theultimateacademy.com/welcome/register-now/ Thanks.
  5. Hi Darlene. I believe the Expo has an Instagram set up so you could probably catch photos there- since there isn't as much buzz on the forum this year about the Expo it may mean less photos get posted. I could be wrong but checking out Instagram may be a good solution. Of course you've been to the Academy in the past and I can say for sure that our Instagram should be rocking as well (search for 2013LSHAcademy) Hope to see you guys again in the future!
  6. The 2013 Academy is bringing you some exciting new things to make your experience the best it can be. We want you to stay up-to-date on what’s happening, which can be difficult when there is so much going on. Check out the ways you can stay connected during the Academy...
  7. Below (and attached) is the schedule for this year's Academy. REMEMBER, these are not 4 mini-sessions in one room for each block. These are in separate rooms for the full hour (or more) so we encourage you to review the list, as well as the attached schedule, so that you can make the class selections that interest you the most. We hope to see you at this year's Academy. Visit the event website for more information on classes and to regsiter today (www.theultimateacademy.com). FRIDAY July 12 11:00am Doors Open for Registration 12:00pm Opening Remarks 1:00pm Halloween: Starting from Scratch (Mike Carr) Light Show Pro I Pt 1 (Edward Vassallo) Starting from Scratch: Display Design (David Moore) Beginners Guide to DIY Light Animation (Kurt Gustafson) 2:15pm: Mechanical Props (Eric Kristiansen) Light Show Pro 1 Pt 2 (Edward Vassallo) Starting from Scratch: From Static to Animated (Larry McGough) Nutcracker Massive RGB Animations Made Simple (Sean Meighan) 3:30pm: Finishes and Foam (Alex Lohmann) Light Show Pro II (Edward Vassallo) Starting from Scratch: Light O Rama Hardware (Don Teague) Understanding DMX, E1.31, and Pixelnet (RJ) 4:30pm Dinner Break, Vendor Room Opens 5:45pm: Haunted House Room Layout (Alex Lohmann) Light Show Pro Open Forum (Edward Vassallo & Ron Duszak) Starting from Scratch: Electricity 101 (Anthony Vetrano) Marketing & Website Forum Discussion 7:00pm: Costuming & Character Development (Alex & Jennifer Lohmann) Light Show Pro Open Forum (Edward Vassallo & Ron Duszak) Starting from Scratch: Audio Solutions (Ethan Gekoski) Marketing & Website Forum Discussion SATURDAY July 13 7:30am Doors Open 8:00am Opening Remarks 8:45am: Easy and Impactful Halloween Edition (Scare Sessions Team) xlights (Matt Brown) Configuring & Using San Devices Pixel Controllers (Jim St John) Beginners Guide to DIY Light Animation (Kurt Gustafson) 10:00am: Working with Pneumatics (Joe Rogers) Using The Ether-Dongle/Conductor/ Slave/ Smart Strings (RJ) Light O Rama BS: Beyond Sequencing (Johnny Poore) Nutcracker: Massive RGB Animations Made Simple (Sean Meighan) 11:15pm: Introduction to Simple Haunt Makeup (Jennifer Lohmann) The Lynx Zeus (RJ) Interfacing Non-Lighting Elements in Your Display (Clyde Dearing) Buy it, Make it, Break it, Fix it 101 (Rick Stone) 12:15pm Lunch 1:15pm “Recess: School’s Out!” Sessions: Soldering Lab Bubbles, Snow & Fog Demos Haunt Fair Lighting Your Haunt Panel Easy & Impactful Christmas 4:30pm Dinner Break Soldering Lab to be open as needed 5:45pm: Introduction to Airbrushing & Airbrush Makeup (Alex Lohmann) Light O Rama Visualizer (Don Teague) Using Your Display For A Charity (Rob Duszak) Soldering Lab to be open as needed 7:00pm: 3D prosthetics, effects & wounds in latex & silicons (Jennifer Lohmann) Using Madrix (Jim St John) Photography 101 (Larry McGough) Soldering Lab to be open as needed 8:00pm Closing Remarks SUNDAY July 14 8:00am Doors Open 8:30am Opening Remarks 9:00am: Knowing Your Audience (Mike Carr & Eric Kristiansen) Wireless DMX (Steve Gase) Sharing With The World (Johnny Poore) Nutcracker: Advanced Topics (Sean Meighan) 10:30am: How to make an inexpensive corpse (Alex Lohmann) Buy it, Make it, Break it, Fix it 101 (Rick Stone) Sounds of Music with Audacity (Joe Rogers) The Many Twists of the Helix Controller (Greg Bartlett) 11:45am: Door Prizes Awarded in Vendor Room at 12pm 12:15pm Lunch 1:15pm: Making plaster plate mold for props and prosthetics (Alex Lohmann) Advanced Soldering (RJ) The Claus Transformation (Ryan Johnson) Light Show Pro I Pt 1 (Edward Vassallo) 2:30pm: How to make a flexible silicon block mold (Alex Lohmann) The Future of DLA: A Talk with RJ Taking Photos and Video of Your Display (Larry McGough) Light Show Pro I Pt 2 (Edward Vassallo) 3:45pm: Using Servos in Your Haunt (Don McBride) The Future of DLA: A Talk with RJ (Continued) Video Editing (Chris Sims) Light Show Pro II (Edward Vassollo) 5:00pm Closing Remarks Please remember that this schedule is subject to change if issues/needs arise. Academy_2013_Schedule_Matrix.pdf
  8. It's here- the complete class listing for this year's Academy! Regardless of your experience, forum affiliation, or interests we're sure that you will find plenty of things on this list of over FIFTY sessions that appeals to you. Thanks to all of the instructors and especially RJ (DIY Expo)and Alex Lohman (Scare Sessions) for helping me in crafting what will prove to be another fantastic event. Those guys have put in a lot of time discussing, developing and recruiting to make things great for all of our attendees. Without further delay, here is your 2013 class list: 3D Makeup Advanced Soldering Airbrush Make Up Beginner Make Up Beginners Guide to DIY Light Animation Buy It, Make It, Break It, Fix It 101 Claus Transformation Configuring & Using SanDevices Pixel Controllers Costuming tips and tricks DLA: Moving Forward Easy & Impactful Halloween Version Easy and Impactful (Christmas) Finishes: Rust, Foam & Hard Coat Halloween Mechanical Props Halloween- Starting from Scratch How to layout a Halloween room, scene or area How to Make A Corpse Integrating Non-Lighting Elements Introducing the Zeus Controller Knowing your audience Light Show Pro 1 Light Show Pro 2 LOR BS LOR Hardware LOR Visualizer Nutcracker Advanced Nutcracker Basics Photograph & Video Your Display Photography 101 Plaster Plate Molding Pneumatics in Your Haunt Servos in Your Haunt Sharing With The World Silicon Glove/Block Mold Making Sounds of Music with Audacity Starting from Scratch: Display Design Starting from Scratch: From Static to Animated Starting from Scratch: Electricity 101 Starting from Scratch: DIY or Commercial? Starting form Scratch: Audio Solutions The ABC’s of Using the Etherdongle and Conductor The Many Twists of the Helix Controller Using Displays for Charity Using Madrix (fully endorsed by Madrix, contrary to some statements made in the past!) Using Social Media for Your Display Video Editing Wireless DMX Xlights In addition we have several longer sessions planned for Saturday afternoon. These will give you an opportunity to see & try some things outside of a traditional "class" setting: Soldering Workshop Lighting Your Haunt Panel Bubbles, Snow, and Fog Haunt Fair How's that for a comprehensive list of courses? To help you plan your days the schedule will be released June 15th. We cannot wait to see you all at the Academy this year. If you're not registered... what are you waiting for? Register today: www.theultimateacademy.com
  9. It's official- registration will remain open! But be aware: a price hike is coming. How much? When? We're not sure... But don't be too late!!
  10. This is the shortest posting about the Academy you’ll ever see: We are currently at capacity for the attendees we have. To add more space we need to have 31 additional people register. If you are planning on attending you MUST go register now. If we get those additional 31 people it will allow us to increase space and more people can attend. If we do not there is a VERY GOOD chance that you will not be able to attend due to limitations at the facility. We CANNOT wait until the final weeks to make a decision. The deadline for a decision (on your part and ours) is now! We have a great event planned for everyone. Visit www.theultimateacademy.com for details and to register.
  11. LAST CHANCE WEEKEND! On Monday we make the final decision with the facility on space (60 days out- no changing our minds after that!). If we made the decision right now we'd be closing up registration based on budgets vs attendees. So if you're planning to attend go register NOW!
  12. Thanks Terry. ACDC is looking pretty fantastic as well!
  13. Fast forward two days… After we posted the info above we got some folks registering but we also received a lot of questions. People have really liked the details on the website but not everyone goes there and apparently there have been questions on the details of some events this year so we thought giving you the quick rundown might be helpful. We have the following tracks in place for attendees to learn from: “Starting from Scratch”: This is a 5 course track on Friday for new folks to the hobby. Display Design From Static to Animated Electricity: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy DIY or Commercial? Audio Solutions “Christmas Classics”: The Christmas-related sessions you’re used to seeing from the crew at Lone Star Holidays. Easy and Impactful Photograph & Video Your Display (Presented by Panasonic) Video Editing Integrating Non-Lighting Elements (bubblers, fog and fireworks) Floods/Bubblers/Snow Machines (demo session for hands on experience) Sharing With The World (Speakers and Transmitters) “DIY Expo”: The very best in DIY Lighting brought to you by the team from DIY Light Animation. Introducing the Zeus Controller Soldering Workshop Buy It, Make It, Break It, Fix It 101 The Many Twists of the Helix Controller The ABC’s of Using the Etherdongle and Conductor “Software Solutions”: The best in holiday software is shared with you by the experts: Light Show Pro (Eddy Vassallo will becoming in from Austrailia to teach several levels of LSP) Nutcracker: RGB Effects Builder Nutcracker Advanced: Creating your Own Animations (Sean Meighan, the creator of Nutcracker will be on hand again this year) What You Need to Buy: Light-O-Rama Hardware (Don Teague of Synchronized Christmas will be sharing his knowledge with you) Light-O-Rama BS (Beyond the Sequence) Light O Rama Sequencing The Sounds of Music: Audio Editing with Audacity “Beyond Lighting”: Classes about the holidays that don’t fit into other areas. The Claus Transformation Using Social Media for Your Holiday Displays Photography 101 In addition we’ll have the following vendors on hand to show off their products and help fill your holiday stockings with new goodies to purchase: Illumimax Cheap DMX Holi-Spheres Holiday Coro Colonnade Lighting Synchronized Christmas 13th Street Morgue Panasonic WLC Ventures PartyMachines.com Seasonal Entertainment San Devices Light Show Pro Young Technology Crafty Cat Designs Hopefully that helps give you a little insight into what’s planned for you. For more details on classes and vendor offerings be sure to check out www.theultimateacademy.com. Remember, register today so we you don’t miss out!
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