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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 july1962

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    This will be my 2nd LOR Christmas, but plan on doing something for 4th of July and Halloween as well.
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  1. Thanks all....all good points. I have been to thrift stores and garage sales...I'm not seeing anyone with Christmas trees, especially really big ones. I live on a corner and wanted to put it right on the corner. I already do a big computerized light show and have an LED tree. I just wanted a big department store looking tree for the corner.
  2. It is pricey, but it's 15' tall and has multi-function lites that can switch from all white to colored, or both. I frequent thrift stores for decorations and I've only seen a tree once and it was small and in pretty bad condition.
  3. That's a good point about the prelit trees. It seems like most of them these days are prelit.
  4. Wasn't sure which category to put this in. I was looking at a 15' fake Christmas tree at Costco...they're really starting to look faker and faker. BUT, my thought was that since the branches seem to be totally made of some kind of plastic now, it would hold up better outside than some of the older fake trees that were made of a more fragile material. The tree is listed as indoors only, though. Has anyone successfully used a fake Christmas tree outside year after year? This is the tree I was looking at. https://www.costco.com/15'-Artificial-Pre-Lit-LED-Christmas-Tree.product.100404025.html
  5. I too know next to nothing about RGB/DMX, but I do have 112 LOR channels. I would love to incorporate the CCR's, but the price is just prohibitive. I gave up my career to care full time for my disabled sister, so we need to do things as reasonably as possible. I'm wondering...since the expensive part of the LOR CCR seems to be the LED strip (at $170), are there cheaper strips that you could use instead? It seems like I've seen a ton of LED RGB strips on ebay (from Asia) for very reasonable prices...like 5M for under $100. Is there something special about the LOR strip that makes it necessary to use theirs, or can you buy their controller and swap in cheaper strips?
  6. Hi, just saw your LOR videos for the first time...great job! I was wondering how you do the chasing lights around your roof?

  7. Is anyone familiar with the Chinese "Fairy Lights" that are available online? It seems they all come with a multi-function controller. I asked one of the vendors if when powered down if it stays on the same pattern or if it resets and he said it resets. I basically would just like them to stay on solid. Does anyone know if you can remove the controller and rewire it to work without it? Also, has anyone used these with a LOR controller for dimming?
  8. So they don't come with a way to plug them in or from one to another? Could you wire them up one to another and us a 12v DC wall wart to run multiple strips? Or do you need one wall wart for each stip?
  9. I agree....the best customer service I have EVER encountered. I bought a bunch of strobes and 5 didn't work. He sent replacements out immediately, no questions.
  10. Hi, I have an idea for a lighting project for Christmas and need several hundred flickering LED bulbs, the kind they put in those battery operated tea lights. I took one of those and stripped it down to see if it was the bulb that flickers or if it has a circuity attached. I pulled the bulb out and touched it to the battery, and indeed it flickered. While I could just buy the tea lights, that would be cost prohibitive for the project I want to do. I've scoured the internet trying to find a source to buy them, with no luck. All the LEDs online seem to only flash. There are tutorials online to use electronics to make a flickering effect, but I know NOTHING about programming circuits and I don't think with the number of bulbs I need, that would be practical. I contacted the company that makes the tea lights, but I'm sure they're probably not going to want to share the source of their bulbs. Does anyone know where I could get the flickering bulbs?
  11. I'd like to buy some of those tiny LED Fairy lights available on Ebay from China. However, they all seem to come with an 8 function controller on them. I asked one vendor and they said that the lights cycle through the patterns every minute or so. I really don't want them to blink at all, I just want them steady. So does anyone know if there's a way to adapt the controller or bypass it all together? I assume it can't really be removed since the LED's probably need some sort of circuitry to run.
  12. So is stacking okay? Can you do unlimited (within reason) stacks?
  13. I've not dealt with strobes yet, but would like to for Christmas 2010. Is the difference between the C7 and C9 LED strobes, the brightness? What's the general consensus, LED strobes or incandescent? Has anyone used the colored strobes? If so, how do they look?
  14. Here are some photos of the tree in daylight. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157622875373821/detail/
  15. Oh, and I also used some garden stakes at the bottom, about a foot off the ground, that I ran through each piece of the wire corner stuff. That way I had a bar along the bottom to wrap the lights around instead of trying to attach them right to the ground. I was lazy and didn't cut them off, but you can't see them at night. I'm going to upload some photos.
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