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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. I am doing a pixel tree this year and, mainly due to time constraints, I will be buying the sequencing for the tree from holidaysequences.com. I am wanting to do "deck the rooftops" by the cast of Glee. (basically Deck the halls). There is a line in the song that goes "don we now our *** apparel" During which the Tree displays a rainbow pattern. Now here's the argument: My wife says "You cant do that! "***", in the context of the song, means "happy" or "cheerful" and showing a rainbow is disrespectful to the LGBTQ community." I say "nonsense, that's just another case of politically correct gone too far. I dont see anything wrong with it. It wouldnt be a big deal to change the colors so that it doesnt look like a rainbow but I'm curious what everyone else thinks.
  2. I am contemplating adding a pixel tree to my display this year. I have a 15' spiral tree but I want to take it to the next level. I will probably get the 16 strand "CCR"clone pixel tree from holiday coro plus the 36" 6 channel star. I need to get a better idea on how this is going to go together. I have seen people zap strap the ribbons to HC's pixel mounting strips, Ive seen people use EMT conduit and PVC conduit. I've seen people use HC's pixel mounting topper and Base and i've seen people use plywood and 2x4's. I'm looking for opinions and experience on the pros and cons of the various methods. Pictures would be great. I live in the Pacific north west so although we dont usually get huge windstorms it has been known to get windy at times. It does get wet, however. Thanks Lance
  3. http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-lightkeeper-pro-quick-fix-trigger expires friday at 10pm pacific
  4. tried to take mine down last weekend but all the cords are frozen to the ground. a view out my window yesterdaymorning see the tiny tips of my minitrees?
  5. My lights are still up, but not on. The only reason they're still up is because the cords are under 2 feet of snow and its zero degrees F outside. However, there are 2 houses on my street with their lights still on every night ( just standard, static lights but still).
  6. As most others have said: use a dedicated computer. I use an ancient Pentium 3 550MHZ with 512meg Ram and it works great but you must do these things: Remove the virus scanner all together (if it decides to do a full system scan during the show it will cause lag and stutter) Disable the Windows auto updates, Use TweakUI to set auto login and, one thing that hasnt been mentioned, If your computer is an ATX type (with a "soft" power button), check your bios settings to enable restart on power resume. Otherwise the computer will not power up after a power failure, it will sit there waiting for a press on the power button. I do connect my show computer to the internet so I can run a VNC or Remote Desktop program. This is so that I can control the computer remotely. I can have the show computer in the basement and haul the laptop out to the yard and run tests and sequences and make last minute tweaks on the fly.
  7. I ran into a similar problem trying to plug 3way adapters into LED strings. I very carefully used a pair of side cutters to enlarge one of the slots on the string and then forced the adapter in.
  8. I tried using a wench once but she told me wasnt paid to do that. But seriously, if you attach an additional pulley to your topper and then run your rope from the ground to the pulley at the top of the tree->to the pully on the topper-> then back up to the top of the tree this creates mechanical advantage, like a block and tackle. attached is a very crude paint drawing
  9. In Canada ours say not to connect more than 480watts in a single string. Thats 100 70 count strings! Mind you, ours dont have fuses.
  10. At the local Costco on the weekend and they have the Christmas LED's out. They seem to be about 15-20% higher than last year. (Darn price of copper)They also have out the artificial trees, wrapping and decorations.
  11. Wow, I really feel sorry for you guys. I live in the Great White North and my equal payment plan for gas is $87/month and electricity is $92/month, although I expect my electricity bill to drop. I just shut down 2 large reef tanks with over 800 watts of lights plus pumps and heaters a couple months ago. Here, they actually can and do adjust your equal payment rate part way thru the year if it appears tha you are going to have a large shortfall or excess. Our usage charge on electricity is $0.06550/kW.h
  12. when you have the sequence editor open click on "help" and then "about". It should come up with a box saying something like "LORSequence Editor Version xxx.xxx" Tell us what "xxx.xxx" is.
  13. Its not how many channels, its how many strings on an individual channel. The only problem I had with mine is when i exceeded a certain mumber of strings on a channel they wouldnt fade properly. .I fixed it by building terminators like the ones described here > http://crazylightlady.us/TerminatorsHow-To.html
  14. I havnt even started. We still have 2 feet of snow on the ground. I can just see the tips of my mini trees and all the extension cords are buried. Maybe next month.
  15. more than you ever wanted to know about beta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_release_life_cycle#Beta
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