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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.

Brad Boyink

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About Brad Boyink

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  • Birthday 06/16/1969

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    http://www.geekmytree.com
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation by far.
  • Location
    Grand Haven, Michigan, USA
  • Occupation
    software developer
  1. Good news for anyone going to PlanetChristmas Expo. I will be doing a drawing for a free copy of MADRIX Start ($500 value) at the end of my MADRIX class. The class will cover beginner and advanced features. I will also be showing off the new 3.0 version!
  2. GMAC - the voting was on the Facebook page. Design #1 was the winner. On a side note, if anyone want to buy a generic shirts (no HolidayRoad logo) let me know. Minimum order is 100 units at $9 each. Yes I know not super cheap, but if a few groups want to go in on some let me know. Deadline to order is September 21st. BTW our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/holidayroadlights
  3. I have placed an animated graphic on the HolidayRoad web site of this year's proposed shirt. If you are interest in getting one contact Special Olympics Area 12 at [email protected] Tentative price is $15 for one, $25 for two plus shipping. Shirts will not ship until mid November. But you can get a pre order in. http://holidayroadlights.com/tshirt.html Brad Boyink
  4. It's not projection. I'm using 37.5mm LED video screens. The screen is only about 2" thick and is 4' (w) x 6' (h). The screens are not in the windows, they are attached to the front porch rails. Very cool effect, but not cheap.
  5. You can always come to HolidayRoad Light Show in Michigan. We get National coverage every year and huge crowds and even have an area you can sell your merchandise. We have the capability to run live performances. Plus we could also run your video on the huge LED screens as you are singing. www.holidayroadlights.com wwww.facebook.com/holidayroadlights
  6. Yesterday something very special happened that made me realize how special our community of craze light people is. Many of you may know me as the guy behind HolidayRoad, a 14 house computerized display that is just insanely complex with over 1500 LOR channels and 60 DMX universes. This show has been my pride and joy for 6 years. Back in March I announce that I was moving to my dream house on Lake Michigan and that I was looking for a new location but odd were that the show not going to return. The public was stunned and every newspaper, TV, and several radio station in West Michigan picked up the story "Brad is Moving" and the show is ending unless a new location is found. Special Olympics Area 12 and I looked for months to try and find a place with no luck. Knowing I was not going to find a new neighborhood I decided to rethink everything and build HolidayRoad 2.0 by bringing it inside a building and make it an indoor event. All we needed was a big building. But do you think we could find one that was wiling to let us do the show? Nope, not one. At the end of July I made the announcement that it looked like the show was going to be retired. Then out of the blue we offered a 6500 square foot space in a nearby town. The plan was to build a small version of Dr. Seuss's Whoville inside and hang all of the lights on these whimsical buildings. Cool idea but I knew it was going to take an architect to get my ideas into something that could be built. I went to several architect asking for some help and all were willing to help for a very large price. Every cent spent on a architect was one less the charity was going to get. As I was willing to give up Zach Stoltenberg from Kansas come along and offers to help. That's right a fellow light show person came to the rescue. What make our community so special is as a group we put a lot of smiles on people faces, and work together to not only make our own show great, but reach out to others to make their show just as special. This is truly amazing and makes me glad to be a part of this wonderful group of people. So if you have a story about how someone on PC has helped you take a moment to post your story to this link. Lets show the world how special our community is. So for those of you who live in or close to Michigan, hit up or Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/holidayroadlights ) and keep an eye on the progress, and come see the show. My goal is make last year look like a starter show. There will be over 97 DMX universes running RGB pixels, LED light bars and snow tubes. On top of that about 800 LOR channels, 5 huge LED video screens, arial laser fans and beams. Last year we had 70,000 people and raised over $47,000 for Special Olympics Area 12. This year we are looking to blow those numbers away. Brad Boyink
  7. I have had lots of people ask me if I had of the really cool EQ shirts left. Well the answer has been no, but we will have a new design this year! Here is a link to the proposed design: Click Here --> http://holidayroadli.../2011shirt.html 100% of the proceeds will go to Special Olympics. The shirts are free with a $15 donation (and yes you will receive a slip to write it off). They will be available from the Special Olympics of Michigan web page mid November. Feedback is welcome. -Brad
  8. We introduced these at the Planet Christmas Expo and they were a bit hit. The SnowVision Flare tube is an 1m (3.2 feet) RGB tube controlled by DMX. They link end to end and 11 tubes is one DMX512 universe. They are perfect for roofs and/or outlining. They are built to architectural grade; IP65 weather proof, UV protected covers and lead wires, sealed plugs, etc. They can be stacked horizontal or vertical. I even have special stackable frames being made to make them easy to put up and take down. These tubes are compatible with MADRIX and the new LOR S3 RGB auto sequencer. The video shows 10 tubes on my driveway at a slight angle and is 16 feet long. Viewing angel is 160 degrees and they are very bright. The video was taken at 10% brightness. Yes it will light up through snow! In my testing I got through about 8" with no problem. These tubes are in stock right now. Enjoy and please give feedback. Good, bad, or anything in-between. The sequence was done in LOR S2 controlling MADRIX. For more information on how to do this go to www.SnowVisionLED.com and download the user manual. -Brad
  9. Ok being someone who uses MADRIX all the time I thought I would download and play with the software you posted the link to. The two programs are very different. MADRIX is a real-time package that have very advanced effects that can be layered and controlled by music. You can quick stitch between effects and have them react live to music. You can not do this LED-Edit. I think one of the misconceptions you have is MADRIX only support DMX. This in not true. Just about everything is supported. Yes it is expensive, but what is your time worth and how advance of effect do you want? LED-Edit can create some basic effect that can be called up, but they are just that, basic. Also did you know you can stack keys in MADRIX? For example you can run 2 starts to get 1024 channels. It all comes down to you get what you pay for. If the budget is very tight then LED Edit will work, but you may find that the new LOR S3 may even work better for you as it now has all kinds of new RGB controls. Also you may want to contact Drew Hickman at Holiday Technologies as he is coming out with some very cool and inexpensive DMX controllers that should easily be in your price range. No matter what you decide to use I'm sure it's going to look cool and I can't wait to see it. -Brad Boyink
  10. Looking for a very bight RGB flood that can be controlled via DMX? If so the new SnowVision RGB Flood is the answer. It is incredible bright and has a 16.7 million color range. How bright? I lit up my two story house from only 25 feet away and the entire front side was lit up like daylight. Even more amazing is it's only 3 feet long and 1 inch wide! Take a look at the video below for an example of how powerful it is. Selling price is $250 and I'm taking pre-orders now. Will have several in stock by mid August. You can get them at www.ComputerizedLighting.com Enjoy and let me know what you think. BTW the video was created with a singe SnowVision RGB Flood! -Brad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopiieYdGs0
  11. Sorry forgot to set it up as a link. You can now click on it. -Brad
  12. During my class "So your show has become big, now what?" I mentioned that I would share my application for charities to apply. The link below will bring you to my application. Feel free to copy it and use it for your needs. www.holidayroadlights.com/application.php -Brad Boyink
  13. I just bought for myself 2000 pixels for $.55 a piece. They are not for resell but if anyone needs help importing I would glad to help. But that's were it stops. I have no desire to offer them as a product line. If you get me some of the companies your are interested in I would be more than happy to have my logistics company in China contact them and look into a bulk purchase. Work it amongst yourself and get back to me. -Brad
  14. It appears was was misinformed about this, thus making a statement I made incorrect. I offer my apologies for that. I would like to make it clear I have no ill will towards mrpackerhead, nor do I think he has any towards me, we are just looking at things from different view point. And there is nothing wrong with that. I didn't mean to get back off subject. I just felt it was important to apologize. Now back on subject, my goal is to try and make things easier. I know it's not the cheapest solution, and DIY people can could make them for less. But I also understand that many do not like to build, and get frustrated with sequencing. These are the people who can benefit from SnowVision.
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