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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.
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  • 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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  1. Thanks. guys. The tree is 15 ft high with the base constructed of 1 1/4 pvc. The pixels are WS2811 5 v and there are 16 strings of 50 pixels secured to a polyester strapping material. The top of the string has a d ring and the bottom a 1/4 eyebolt. I used a sandevices E682 controller so I can take advantage of the E1.31 network. Programming the tree was a snap using xlights/Nutcracker to create all the effects that were then exported to my LOR sequences. Most of the tree design I found by following Walter Monkhouse's ( I think I spelled it correctly) design.
  2. I thought I'd use this ELP song to open my show with. This is my first shot at using a pixel tree. Hope to get into dmx a little bit more in the future. https://vimeo.com/81563298
  3. I saw one on ebay that lists a 24v adapter included. Not sure how many amps though.
  4. I think if you had them placed to where they blended in with the rest of your lights they would be great. Yuo might not even need to use all 6. If you didn't take away the Christmas look you should be fine. A lot would also have to do with the music being played. Just my .02.
  5. I don't get it either but at this point since I got it to show up with a different file name I can press on with my sequencing.
  6. Sean, The file name was 02- Mariah Carey- All I Want for Christmas is You.mp3. I tried shortening the file name, taking out the dashes(although I have other file names that show up that are longer and have dashes) and it still would not show up. So I then opened it up in Audacity and did nothing to the file except export it as a mp3 and changed the name to All I want for Christmas is You 2013.mp3 and now it shows up. I'm glad it shows up but I can't figure out what was wrong with my original file. I tried changing it in Audacity to a wav and it still would not show up. If I opened up the folder where my songs and sequences are kept, it shows up there. I have added new songs to my show folder and they all show up! I have roughly 35 songs in my show folder both mp3 and wav and they all show up in my dropdown for a new musical sequence except for my original song.
  7. It must have been something in the file name that is causing it but for the life of me I couldn't find what it was. I used Audacity and saved it as an MP3 file with a different name and now the new file shows up in my drop down menu. This is one of the last sequences I need to add my RGB pixel tree to. If it came down to it, I guess I would have been 1 song short in my show or have 1 song not using the pixel tree.
  8. I thought it might have been something like that but the drop down menu shows all of my other audio files that have dashes, caps, no caps, and fairly long titles. It's making me nuts!
  9. I have all of my audio files in my folder setup for my xlights show directory. I am trying to create a new musical sequence in xlights and I have 1 file, All I Want For Christmas is You that will not show up. It is an MP3 file, it shows up in my audio directory and plays just fine from that directory. I even went to Audacity and converted it to a WAV file, open up xlights to create a new musical sequence and all of my audio files show up in the drop down menu except- the one song. Neither the MP3 nor the WAV file shows up. I've made sure the file extensions are correct, the MP3 is a constant bit rate. I'm at a loss as to why it's only this one song that will not show up on the list.
  10. Did you set up all of your rbg channels and assign them a universe in your sequencer? Also, is your network set up to recognize the controller? You say when you hit play that the colors don't match up like already mentioned could be the color order is deifferent.
  11. I've been to this site before and there are quite a few links to sequences. http://www.highcountrylights.com/links/free-sequences/38-free-sequences.html
  12. Last year I used one of those wooden buns to attached my lights to the top of my tree. My tree is 15' of 1/2 inch galvanized pipe threaded at both ends. I drove a 2 1/2 foot piece into the ground and attached my 15 foot pipe using a threaded coupling. We don't get severe winter weather here in Vegas but when I took my display down last year the Bun was cracked and I came real close to my tree crashing to the ground. This year I made a new topper using a 6 inch stainless pet food bowl and a couple of 1/2 pipe foor flanges. I've atached a couple of pictures. For my tree star I use one of those 3D frames with the 1/2 inch threaded pipe welded on.
  13. I used green and red led strands to make my 12' tree. I used 8 channels with 4 strands each. Next year I hope to add more controllers and dedicate more channels to the tree. I'm thinking about adding gold leds to the red and green.
  14. Ryan, Target actually went to 90% on Wednesday. I've been to four different stores-nothing but clear mini's and wrapping paper left! There was some assorted odds and ends but the good stuff was not to be found!
  15. I don't have a picture, but When I made my mini trees I used mini greens and also wrapped C-6 Multi LED's. I think they looked good since the slightly bigger LED's looked like Ornaments on the green trees. I think if you wanted to to go with color changes on your roofline that would look cool! I went with C9 led on my roof line and they were multi color. I went mostly led to save power consumption. This was my first year to go animated and I was working with 32 channels. I have videos posted on you tube that may show how the Led's and incandescents mix. you can do a youtube search for mikeandkim123 and take a look if you want. I have a very small front yard but a fairly big house. ( that's the way they build them here, no land, all house) I wish I had your roofline with the angles!!
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