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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.

xmasguy1960

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  1. I am wanting to control my inflatables lights seprately. I found the the cord which the lights run on, I was going to seperate them from the fan and add a male plug end to it, will that be good enough or am I missing anything all cut ends will be sealed and taped Thanks
  2. Besides the obvious can you make a non dimmable led dim effectivley. I tried running some ND retros on a string with my LOR controller, Will this damage the bulbs? I am only using a couple of bulbs to experiment with. Is there anything I can do other than just buying dimmable bulbs. Thanks
  3. I have a daunting task to decorate a car for our local parade. anyone have some qick tips on how I attach the lights to the cars exterior. Thanks
  4. I am using LOR 2 0.16 version but my sequence editor is not opening up. I tried reinstalling it but the same result. I am using an older machine which does not have an internet connection and I have to do an offline registration with the s2 upgrade. The registration key is not coming up been working with Brian from LOA. So I woud like to use the last upgrade before s2 any suggestions. Thanks
  5. I bought a patch cord usb to serial your saying they don't work as good as the LOR I had an issue disdabeling the show.
  6. I am using a new computer which does not have a com port like my old computer (using the old LOR adapter it looks like I need the usb one....How can I make this work with out the usb adapter IAM DISPERATE big light up tomorrow arrrrrrrrrg
  7. I hope I am in the right forum. Does anyone know if Travis at Seasonal impressions is still in business. Iam waiting on a large order and he's not responding to any emails. Thanks
  8. Anyone out there know of any wholsesale suppliers of LED light strings in Canada???? Thanks
  9. Can anyone recommend a high quality outdoor speaker for a parade float???Must be loud Thanks
  10. Hi I thought s2 was not compatible with win 98??
  11. Hey gang Just a quick question. I am using the latest LOR to sequence my light show. I've two new songs this year plenty of hours in. Question I copied the new songs on to a Kingston memory stick and transferred them to an older laptop with win 98. I wanted to use the laptop for a light show in this years christmas parade, problem is the win 98 is running the older version of LOR and it won't allow me to open comes up error. Any thoughts on this. I really hate to spend many long nights redoing it all. The newer version of LOR is great and a lot quicker. Thanks
  12. I want to run LOR with LEDs on a vehicle in our local parade. I am looking at inverters, there are modified sin wave and pure sin wave inverters. Of coarse the pure sin wave are very pricey but they provide clean voltage for electronic eguipment including LEDs. Has anyone used modified sin wave inverters with success or I'am I going to have to buy the pricey pure sin wave and not have to worry about damage. Thanks
  13. I want to run LOR with LEDs on a vehicle in our local parade. I am looking at inverters, there are modified sin wave and pure sin wave inverters. Of coarse the pure sin wave are very pricey but they provide clean voltage for electronic eguipment including LEDs. Has anyone used modified sin wave inverters with success or I'am I going to have to buy the pricey pure sin wave and not have to worry about damage. Thanks
  14. How do identify a full wave set over a half wave one.
  15. These lights are at Home Hardware they are c9 with 8" spacing 16 1/2 foot cord with 25 bulbs. And according to the box you can connect 180 strings together using a standard plug. I thought the commercial Led's had a full wave circuit or something to that effect. Which made the LED a lot brighter.
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