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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 ryanshow

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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    theatre, christmas/lights, pyro, music
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  1. The halftime show was pathetic, IMO. Last years was so much better....not with the lights, but the performers as well. Jeez... The suits were controlled via DMX with mini wireless DMX receivers-to my knowledge. Waiting for the article in FOH magazine.
  2. has anyone seen Terry around? I REALLY need to get ahold of him...so if anyone has any contact information for him please send me a message. please help!
  3. I have some people that could custom make them... 616-558-3769
  4. I did a review on the MTS products. Click here to see the review:
  5. I have been debating of buying multiple cases of the MTS (magic in the sky) LED's for myself and my customers. However, knowing they are coming from China, I was a little leery. I asked Ryan at MTS if he could send me a sample, and he did so I could put it through multiple tests including sustainability, LOR features, and durability. The first test I did was keeping the lights on for 72hrs straight out in the cold, then another 24 in the warmth. No LED's went out, and nothing was warm, not even the transformers on the strand itself. I've had it where LED strands get very warm after a while of constant on, this surprisingly did not. The second test was the LOR test. I left it on shimmer for an hour (so hard on your eyes), and yet no issues whatsoever with it after. I then put it through multiple fade tests. The only thing fade wise I have a problem with is between 1% and 10% there is a slight flicker, but not something you will not see with the 20ft rule. I through the most brutal LOR tests I could at it, and it performed VERY well. Here is a video I took of the LOR testing: Next came the durability testing. I turned on the strand and then put it in front of a heater for about an hour (with me monitoring it). No melting, and no over heating problems. Next was the H20 test. LED's should be able to be completely soaked in water and still work properly, so I took it one further. I completely submerged the LED's in water for 5 min, removed them, and turned them on with NO problem, every LED worked. and NO, the lights were NOT on while submersed in the water...even though that'd be an excellent test, I'm not that dumb. (pics below)Durability wise, we walked over it, nothing broke. However, when we stomped on it one LED broke...this isn't common, but I want to make sure my tests are brutal! haha So in conclusion, the MTS product is very well made and should perform well for your display or show. I personally will be buying them for sure, very reasonable price and good product. If you have any questions regarding my tests please feel free to send me a pm. Disclaimer: This is a private review and is by no means affiliated with Magic in the Sky. All views and statements are opinions and facts from my findings. And for heavens sake, please don't try any of these tests at home..... Pictures: MTS link: http://www.magicinthesky.com/lighting/pc.htm
  6. I would be VERY concerned with fiber optic trees outside. I would say no. PLUS remember the 20ft rule...Fiber optic trees look good up close, but once you get a good distance away, its hard to tell what is happening. In fact, sometimes it can just look plain ol' bad.
  7. Yes...we have multiple. These are pics from last years show...we didnt have any of them from this year for some reason...but anyways we hold them up with a 5ft piece of metal conduit. works AWESOME. This year we put LED's on them...they looked great. attached are some pics...
  8. I too am looking for these. I'd like to have 2 or three colors on one strand with an edison for each color. Where do I find these?????!!!
  9. I'm wondering the same thing! I just came back to PC and I'm wondering if I should leave again...
  10. uh...sounds like you're a little late? It'll be hard to pull a show together that quick...consider next year?
  11. iDMX sold! Thanks for looking.
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