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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.

    Mike Cole

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    1. I have no traditional songs in my line up, and very few "Christmasy" songs. A couple of seasons ago, all my new songs were western movie sound tracks, fun to sequence and powerfull music too. I did get a comment last year about a couple songs, " I dont know why those songs were in there", and my reply was, " because they sequence well" I like alot of anamation and movement, but not just random blinky, blinky. I have done some slow songs, but I use those in the mix later in the season when the crouds start to become a problem, they seem to help move the traffic. In the end, I do what I like and hope others will like it too.....

      have a look ........ http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights/videos?view=0

    2. Most of my videos are up now. Im still "old school" with all incandesent lights controlled with 432 LOR channels. Not alot new this year, added 16 ch of red and 16 ch of green to the spiral tree and a few other small items. Also added 4 new songs to the lineup. This will be my last year with this display design as I want to change over to LEDs and smart pixels. This years videos have 2012 in the title.



    3. I say put Sandstorm in your show. Put Wizards in too! Im sick of both of those songs, but they are the most popular in my show both on youtube and in front of my house. I do songs I like. Heck, this year I did all western soundtrack songs, which has nothing to do with Christmas. Of my 22 songs, only one is a Christmas song. I sequence music I like. If viewers dont like it, fine, but it makes me happy...............Mike

    4. Thanks Guys,

      The light above the garage is quite simple. A 1x2 with nails in it to wrap the lights around. 16 channels of 50ct minis. The bottom of the mega tree is 3 channels of C9s ziptied to the base ring. Simply turn on and off the channels creates the rotation effect. The ball on the mega tree, and in the big fir tree on the right, are made from heavy gage wire that I formed into ball shapes. They range in size from about 1' to just at 2'. Then I wrap and ziptie minis to them. And yes, I climb the fir tree to hang the lights znd drag up the cords(11 channels).

      I shot some video at dusk last night. Its a different look but I think I like it. Heres the links.....

      Techno Christmws http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/12/DXr_G92HU6Q

      Magnificent Seven http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/13/3ONr0UaVyAs

      How the West was Won http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/14/3i4Jw3Enn5k

      High Chaparral http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/16/Abr8_YRMqfQ

      Tincel Town http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/17/fWldkqaOqR8

      Pirates of the Caribbean http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights#p/u/18/4twBolxinH8

      enjoy, Mike

    5. I shot this last night to see how the Flip is going to do this year. Better than last year, but not great, colors seem over saturated. Maybe I will try at dusk tonight.

      enjoy, more to come......................Mike

      PS this years theme is old Western soundtracks.......

    6. On a similar note to the post "Wire Size", I'm building a item for my display that will use 16 channels, each having one set of 100 count minis. I want to cut off the male plug and solder on leads with spade connectors to go right to the controller. My longest lead will be 30 feet. I want each circut to have its own cable( 2 conductor with a sheath). I will bundle these to run to the controller. Any ideas what I should use?

      Also, when I cut off the plugs, is polarity of the two wires on the mini light string important when I solder on the extenion leads? Thanks, Mike

    7. I use lots of C-9s in my display, and there all the 25 count/12'' spacing from the big box stores. At some locations in the display, I have cut and spliced with no issues. On other locations, I will just plug them in to in, but watch the total bulb count as not to over amp the controller. I buy all mine after Christmas and at $3.00 a box with bulbs, its a heck of a deal. I buy "mixed sets" and make my own red, blue, green, etc. They will cost more to run, but at that price to buy, I'm not seeing LEDs in my display for some time.........................Mike

    8. My neighbor installed this product http://www.channelbrite.com on his house last season and I was very impressed. Its very brite and looks just like C-9 strings from the street. Its bacicaly RGB LED bulbs incased in a thick plyable plastic that comes in 500' rolls and snaps in an extruded aluminum channel. The design uses corner pieces with jumpers for any angles we use in our displays. Its a 12 volt low voltage system and they offer a controller to power the lights. However, the functions are rather limmited, some being one color only, chase with speed control, fade, and all on.

      I know little to nothing about DC or low voltage lighting, but I thought this would be really cool if LOR could control this lighting. I have emailed the company many times with no responce. So, my question to you folks that know DC is, could this work?

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