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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.

JHolmes

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  1. interested to know if you have any ELC 16-30.

    Thank you.

    Roy

     

     

  2. www.AHeartForChristmas.com This is the epic introduction song to a 20-minute light show featuring projection mapping, water, fog, and 60,000 Christmas lights! This song features leaping arches and RGB flood lights.
  3. Super Cool Christmas Light Show featuring water fountains, projection mapping, RGB lights, and more! This is one song part of a 20-minute show. Music from "The Nutcracker." www.AHeartForChristmas.com
  4. This made me smile. I liked how the show built on itself and all the clever little changes you made to the programming to keep it fresh.
  5. GAH! You found it I was listening to this song a lot wondering whether I should program it and sure enough, a brilliant mind found it too and beat me to the debut
  6. Brilliant! This was exceptional. Clean design, acutely programmed. You clearly have an ear for the intricacies of music! I was never bored . I would like to share this video on my Facebook page if that's OK? Great showcase of of a tastefully done show
  7. JHolmes

    Bay Area

    Hey Bay Area! We are looking for volunteers of the Christmas variety to come down to Clayton and help with our setup this year! If you are available October 12th, please consider joining us? All the details are at this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16CHKEf-CDQUC6p7zIpwzYxPelojJWYEm9Nc17lqU41s/edit?usp=sharing
  8. This issue isn't really Mac or PC. The problem is that Animation Director doesn't work, period .
  9. Well naturally you would have to be careful to not cover the solar panels themselves. Perhaps out RGB lignts outlining each panel so you can chase colors all around. Depending on your arrangement of panels this could serve for some great animation.
  10. I think they do sell an expensive "moving" version but the standard outdoor version only twinkles with a gentle breeze. BlissLight's primary business is through distributors so they're website isn't really designed for consumers.
  11. My understanding is that the new models do come with timers. When we started selling models they didn't have timers but suddenly they started including them...but everyone is out of stock so we will see what the new stocks shows.
  12. JHolmes

    Bay Area

    I have heard of some but never been. Looking to hear more!
  13. Hello! I am looking to create two animatronic snowmen and have them talk to each-other and interact with guests. I plan on using TrackSkull for head programming and live interaction with guests but here are my clinchers: 1) Is LOR the best system to run the animatronics on pre-animated routines? 2) If I put a snowman on each side of the path, how do I run them both off one system but keep the audio separate so the perspective is right? Ex: Two speakers, one by each snowman (but all run off one system so the snowman-to-snowman talking is timed correctly) I have never done this before so any other advice is greatly appreciated!
  14. JHolmes

    Fake Snow?

    That's cool Piloto! How does it hold up over 14-30 days? Also, any ideas on snow "Decor?" I'm turning my 300' driveway into a winter wonderland and I want it to be "natural" but magical.
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