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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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About DaveK

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  • Birthday 04/09/1953

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  • Location
    Cornville, AZ
  • Biography
    Lives in Arizona
  • Interests
    Electronics, music, and Christmas lights
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  • About my display
    313 channels of LOR and DMX
  1. DaveK

    Light Display's In Ohio

    Here's antoher one: http://yourradioplace.com/community/courthouseshow.htm - Dave
  2. POSTED BY RWERTZ - "Those people standing in the grass watching the display look familiar. Did I see them there last year?" LOL! That is part of their Dickens Victorian Village display. They have mannequins all up and down the main street. Quite cool! The video link above is only a three song sample. The entire show is broken into four segments that runs each hour. Hope you get over to see it. - Dave
  3. The Cambridge display has started. Here is a live camera http://www.yourradioplace.com/weather/downtowncam.htm Here is a video of last years display: http://www.yourradioplace.com/community/courthouseshow.htm - Dave
  4. Thanks for the kind word about the Cambridge Ohio display
  5. HAZERS? "Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode." Delta House.
  6. 143,857 +4,235 (all rolled up on hose carts) 148,092
  7. Attached is a close picture of one of my Megatrees. You can see the 6”X6” welded wire mesh that I attached to the mast of the tree. It was trimmed to fit within the light strings. You can see the green ropelight that was formed on it to make the 2-dimentional stylized tree, the red C-7 bulbs, and the strobe lights attached to the wire mesh. All elements were attached with wire-ties to make it easy to assemble/disassemble. Easy to construct and install and it adds another element to your display.
  8. Thank you for the kind words... Here is another video that shows the Metatrees a little better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX4TFDIcmB8 I hesitate to show that video becasue the audio and video got out of sync somehow...but you will get the idea. I will look for some still photos of the inside of the Megatrees so you can see the construction. - Dave
  9. Does anyone know anything about the Starlights in Columbus Circle In New York City? Here is a link to a video: I was wondering about the lighting of the stars…internal, external, LED, etc. Any info would be helpful. Thanks. - Dave
  10. I created my arches using 10’ sections of PVC pipe with seven segments (bands) of mini bulbs. Two 10’ segments were joined using a coupling to make one 20’ arch. I first used the four arches for a wedding reception in my backyard. I programmed LOR to make them simulate leaping water. At 14 channels each they ate up a lot of LOR controllers. For the Christmas display you viewed on YouTube I was running out of channels so I combined adjacent bands together so there would only be 7 channels each arch. (plus the rope light channels). As J.D. mentioned, the “tail effect” is done by fading out the trailing channels using the LOR software. First full on, then 80%, 60%, 40%, etc. This takes some practice to get the effect you want But planning, building, sequencing, and testing is part of the fun of this hobby. Something else that was new to my display this year was the lights within the megatrees. I used reinforcing wire mesh used for concrete (available at Lowes or HomeDepot) as a support for other lights within the megatree. I trimmed it to fit within the light strings then mounted green ropelight in the form of a stylized tree. I also mounted red C-7s bulbs in the mesh as well as 10 strobe lights. You can see this on the video. I have some pictures if you are interested.
  11. Here is something I did this year…attach rope lights to your arches. When I constructed my arches I wrapped bands of clear bulbs to make the segments. Then alternate red and clear (white) bands popped into my mind as a great ‘candy cane’ effect. After attempts to wrap red bulb strings over existing clear bands failed I came up with attaching the rope light to the arches for additional color. Since my arches already had clear lights wrapped on them, I attached rope light to the top and bottom of the arches with wire-ties. They are tight enough to keep the ropes secure but loose enough to allow the ropes to be straight. I didn’t use chaser rope light but that could add another dimension to the display. You can see the effect on this video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=nXsOII8U-lk One pair of arches has green and the other has red. You can see them at about 40 seconds into the video.
  12. Last year I used a little black electrical tape wrapped around the offending bulbs. I only had about 2 dozen bulbs to cover, but it worked well all season long.
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