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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.

Wayne Kremer

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About Wayne Kremer

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  • Birthday 08/15/1968

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  • Location
    Minden, Nevada, USA (not far from Lake Tahoe)
  • Biography
    I was born years ago...now putting up lights...and will continue until my very last day!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lighting of course!
  • Occupation
    IT Site Lead
  • About my display
    Located in Minden, NV, I have been putting up sequenced lighting since 2002. The display today consists of about 50K lights, 170 channels, and sequenced video.
  1. Anyone know where I can get a 1 1/2" pole pin?
  2. That is terrible to hear. Bill created my 3-D star for me...before you could buy them from ChristmasLightShow. He wanted to have my Yellow Snow dogs lift their legs using animatronics...which he was getting into with a donkey that moves for Dominick the Donkey. His memory lives at the top of my megatree every year....
  3. SPaschall, I'm interested in what you came up with because I'm looking to do the same next year. Hard to believe that it is so hard to find an elf puppet that has a moving mouth....thx!
  4. Forget the power supply, but the box looks good. Possibly get the box separately?
  5. Walter, I'm looking to do the same this year. How did you orient the pixels to all be facing in one direction and not blowing around in the wind? I was planning on using electrical EMT, but think it would be heavy and not enough hooks on the tree topper. I noticed that your tree topper is a little large, so you have to be using some type of pipe to require that much room. Can you share any pictures or details? Thx!
  6. I'm behind schedule and been waking up early and going to bed around Midnight everyday. I figured out that the only way out of this mess is to buy a month's worth of time prior to going live on Thanksgiving weekend. Please let me know the going rates for rental of time machine. Thanks!
  7. I would go back to the vendor and request a refund or replacement....
  8. So, Larry, how do you have your traffic cones arranged? I'm currently getting to the point of my cul-de-sac getting gridlocked...and some people can't help but block a driveway...which I repeatedly inform them not to. I need some type of traffic plan. I heard from someone that if I direct traffic, that I become liable for any accident that occurs. I don't know the truthfulness of that claim and I didn't want to step in that mess, so I have been letting it go, but now I want to at least setup cones in front of my neighbors driveways. Thx!
  9. Looks real good! The only thing I would watch is that it looks easy for a thief to do his/her job. May want to cable it up or something...
  10. CDI - M6 50L Warm White $13.50 each (case orders only) LED Holiday Lighting - M5 50L Warm White (not available) Christmaslightsonline.com - M5 50L Warm White $10.80 each (any quantity) CDI - M6 100L Warm White (not available) CDI - M6 100L Pure White $26.75 each (case orders only) LED Holiday Lighting - M5 100L Warm White (not available) Christmaslightsonline.com - M5 100L Warm White $21.60 each (any quantity) Just showing that M5 Warm White's are available and cheaper. I would hope that we get another vendor out there to offload any issues that may arise (as we have seen this year) and to keep pricing lower.
  11. Tim, I was talking about pricing today...not pre-order pricing. Although, now that you mention it, I will discuss that option to see if he (Gary) would consider it for next year.
  12. Hey guys & gals, If you need quality M5 LED's in 50 or 100 light lengths, check out www.Christmas-Lights-Online.com. They are selling full wave, sealed (non-replacable bulbs) strings from the same Holiday Creations factory that ...for much less per string than our existing 2 primary vendors. On top of that, you can order individual strings...with no need to order in bulk. I took a chance ordering from them to see the quality of their strings and am quite impressed. I know their LED inventory is not huge this year and I don't recommend anything but their M5's right now...as the other strings have replacable bulbs and are from another factory, but next year, things could change. They do have quite a bit of the M5's though. Just thought I would pass this information around as finding any quality warm white's is really tough this time of year. Also, I'm not affiliated or getting kick backs from this company...although I wish I was. BTW, I ordered on 11/10 and received them on 11/16. Take care!
  13. The tree is 80 Amps total for C9 regular white lighting. The number of outlets is to allow a minimum amount of extension cords to each lighted branch of the tree. The tree is broken into 6 circuits each requiring 15A of service. I know this because we power one for my commercial display in Guam (Micronesia Mall). To control the tree better with channels, I had them modify the tree into 16 individual channels (still totalling 80A) to allow me to control lighting horizontally. Since they consume so much electricity, they sure eat up the maximum capacity for each LOR controller (taking 3 controllers just for the tree).
  14. Interesting. I'll keep my eye on LSP progress. It seems like they are on the fast track to develop this program. If they keep going at this speed, they will have some critical improvements over LOR II's sequencer.
  15. Does LSP support video output on a separate monitor/output?
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