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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
    Falling 300 ft from the side of a high-rise installing lights but being caught by Santa in his sleigh.
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    Gulfport, Mississippi, USA
  • Biography
    Grew up on MS Gulf Coast and love Christmas lights.
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    Christmas Lights, boating, projector mapping, seafood....
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  • About my display
    400 Channels LOR and 65,000 RGB nodes, triklits, and G15.

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  1. I think that IP address is only for the web interface. It should not effect the cast of dmx info. If s3 isn't talking, is your lor dongle plugged in? Is the blue network communication square showing?
  2. Nevermind already. START channel on the RGB model was set as 1. I assumed it meant start on that network.
  3. I'm sure it is just a NEWB problem but when I import my LOR sequences then add Nutcracker elements, the nutcracker elements and existing LOR sequence seem to be merged. Meaning, the RGB channels overwrite the first 184 channels of LOR. I know it is doing it for two reasons, 1) there are no more LOR channels when I save as LOR and open it in LOR sequence editor. 2) when I reopen in LOR, the timing where I intend my nutcracker elements to be dark is filled for the first 184 channels with the original LOR sequences. I guess I'm just not "getting" how to import LOR files properly into Xlights. Any help?
  4. Good job by the way! Thank you for the contributions.
  5. Awesome.... still not sure how to use it with LSP but awesome.
  6. Those are REALLY good looking.
  7. If you are using thin wall, you will probably need at least 8 supports to avoid sagging.
  8. Well just popped you $25 to help host the site another month or so......keep up the good work. Rusty
  9. Actually, he means that it is nonstandard for DMX over cat 5. They use a different pair. Search the site for LOR to dmx adapter. You'll find it.
  10. Attractive nuisance I believe it is called. I have an umbrella policy for this. People can sue for any reason. I have had a show since 2006 and have had dozens of wrecks, cars pulling back too far into a ditch or soft ground, dead batteries, arguments over people leaving on their lights, you name it. Never a lawsuit but insurance just in case. It was a small fee relative to my home owners policy. Rw
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