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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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  1. Did you find a CTB16PC yet?   I have one I have used for the last 3 years I am interested in selling.   I have always set it up my garage, so it has never really been in the weather at all.   I can send pics if you are interested, but that would have to be this weekend--I am working out of town this week.

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      It is a gen 3 controller.   Here are some pictures.  I am selling it because I am basically running all RGBs this year--I was running 16 minitrees with my LOR controller and I am converting them all to the coro-based RGB minitrees that James70818 sells (Boscoyo Studios).   The only AC elements I intend to drive this year are some strobes.   I built two Renard controllers 2 years ago that I have never used.   I intend to use the Renards to drive the strobes this year; I no longer really need the LOR controller.   I was thinking $200 for the controller.   My zip is 70769.   I attached pics.   Sorry they are not very good; took them with my camera in the garage...   The 3rd one is the clearest.

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      Thanks for the photos,

      I am certainly interested, how firm are you on the price? I think ground shipping would be ~$25 from what UPS estimates ( I assume other shippers would be similar). What is your preferred payment method? 

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      I guess I should probably setup a paypal thing. I am on paypal so maybe it is easy!   Just haven't ever sold anything before.   I think I would like to stick to $200.   By the way, it has the USB dongle too.   I should have taken a pic of that too.   sorry about that..   Didn't think about that til just now..

  2. Love those driveway arches!!!!!
  3. zman makes a very good point about one year wonders. I was surprised at how much time everything required. One additional item I learned my first year is that you are presenting a show for others. I had pictured the sequenced display mainly for me but that was incorrect. I could see how you could get into this, have a tough first year then decide wow this is not for me. There is a lot to it!! But I love it and plan to slowly build each year. Looking forward to our next expansion--an RGB mega tree.
  4. Point taken. Guilty as charged myself......
  5. Well I guess that question is answered....
  6. Thanks Sean. I went thru a few of your really basic tutorials to learn how to do the basics in xlights/nutcracker; worked like a champ. I am sure you have seen me post that I did my RGB arch effects in xlights/nutcracker for Christmas 2013 then exported them into LOR and ran from LOR.
  7. Sean: Can you please post the vimeo link or something like that so we know where to go? Thanks!
  8. I had about 8000 lights up this year, about half static and half dynamic. 16 mini trees, four arches with 60 RGB elements per arch, icicles on front of house, nets on bushes, and a small homemade nativity scene with blow molds of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph. I got it all down and "staged" in my garage in one day but based on my progress so far it will take me about 5 days to get it all put up and organized. Of course, I had to "gut" a large part of my work shop to remove a work bench and install a good-sized shelving system for all my new stuff. So the 5 days is including a lot of "first and only time I will have to do it" items like building the shelves and organizing all my new stuff and putting it on the shelves. I am trying to minimize what I put up in the attic. The disappearing stairs are convenient, but they always feel "rickety" to me so only what had to go up there! Trying to really think thru how I am putting everything up so it minimizes work next Christmas season!!
  9. This was my first year to sequence and to use pixels. I used the WS2811 5050 SMD strips from Ray Wu's store. All my problems were self inflicted, including cable lengths too long (with no "null pixels" installed....) and poor soldering. I had to cut my 5m strips into 2m segments to "fit" into my arches. I had some water problems one night when it had rained fairly steadily all day and night; other than that no problems (of course these were the sealed strips and they were inside PEX tubing). For 2014 I plan to: Put the controller (an E682, which worked wonderfully) closer to the arches. Add a pixel tree, probably with its own E682 and Renard (for strobes incorporated into pixel tree) controllers. Haven't decided which RGBs I will use yet; thinking thru that and reading... I have decided to go 360 degrees, so right now I think I will make it using 4m strips so my soldering can at least be minimized!! Which would make it about 12-13' tall or thereabouts once it is "raised" off the ground about a foot.
  10. I recommend also that you check out DIY Christmas forum for group buys in progress right now. Some are for Renard "BOMs" (all the parts needed to fabricated a Renard board). I didn't look into whether this is cheaper than WayneJ's offerings, as the posts I read about his controllers indicated that his prices were about what all the pieces would be if you bought them individually...
  11. Just wondering if anyone would be interested in a mini PLUS in Louisiana? I attended the MS Mini PLUS held in Flowood, MS in July 2013 (hosted by BroLarry)--was wonderful. Anyway, just wondering if there might be interest in Louisiana....
  12. Go to DIY Christmas forum. Wayne J is selling SS Renard kits now. I can't get the URL to cut/paste for some reason. Search for WayneJ and "SS Renard Kits now available" on that forum; just posted a few days ago. I see lot of good feedback about the kit and the product. Wayne also posted a very good "how to solder" video using an SS Renard board as the example on the video. I plan to order at least one of these for next year, as I am going to move away from LOR and start using non-LOR software & hardware. I have decided to become a DIYer... Ha Nothing against LOR (they sell solid hardware & software); but as I get more into this stuff I have realized either you spend LOTS of money or you become a DIYer to minimize the $$ you spend. My opinion is that LOR is only "friendly" with RGB components sold by LOR. If you go with non-LOR RGB equipment it is really difficult to configure it in LOR. Another reason I am going to move away from LOR euqipment
  13. Thanks for the quick reply. I was looking for the 3D wire frame angels. I should have said that more clearly in my post
  14. We are looking for lighted wire frame angels (the ones that are about 48" high with a trumpet). I have looked around at a few local stores and have dug around on internet with no real success so far. Any ideas out there where we could find this?? Thanks in advance.
  15. I second the input vkjohnson provided. This was my first year to synch. EVERYTHING took much longer than I expected. I ran into problems that HAD to be resolved. I am currently using an LOR CTB16PC for my AC channels and a SanDevices E682 for my RGB arches. I took a small dip into RGB this year. It was almost too much for me to be honest; I started in September. But I am glad I did because I now have a lot of learning curve behind me and can confidently go after a pixel tree next year. Here are my thoughts on LOR with respect to RGBs--if you are serious about RGBs you should probably go with some sequencing tool "other than" LOR. You can read a LOT of posts about how SLOOOOOOWWWW LOR gets when you get up to high RGB channel counts. I am only running 360 RGB channels this year (six 60 channel arches) and LOR is already slowing down pretty significantly on me. My two cents on this subject..... I am going to try to move from LOR S3 to Hinkle's Lighting Sequencer (HLS) for next year's displays. I used xlights/nutcracker to sequence my RGB effects this year, then dumped it into LOR S3. That worked pretty well. Now, if you are willing to spend a lot more $$ per RGB element, if you go with all LOR stuff (e.g. CCR strings, etc), it is "less" DIY than other offerings (which is why I started with LOR--I am not DIYer). That is another thing I learned this year. Either you spend a lot of money on plug & play stuff or you spend less (but still not insignificant) money on DIY options. I am learning to be a DIYer. Just some things to think about!!
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