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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.

taybrynn

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  • Birthday 01/15/1968

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    Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
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    Married, 2 Daughters
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    Piano, Song Writing, Landscaping, Camping
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    2008: 96 channels using LOR, EDM LCD
    one home
    dual 1/2 mega trees
    8' Bethlehem Star w/200 C9s
    around 17-18k total lights
    2009: 128 + 32 (160 total) channels using LOR
    two homes
    EDM LCD w/RDS
    22' megatree with 9600 lights
    dual-path snowflake wall w/24 flakes
    8' Bethlehem Star w/200 C9s
    R,G,W on most items
    +Blue, Multi on some
    around 43-50k total lights

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  1. The really nice rgb floods will run you close to $100 each and are DMX controlled. You can also buy the holidaycoro variety for less and DMX also. A cheap way to control is to buy someone's lynx DMX dongle for $50 which gives you 512 ch of DMX and works with LOR. Each rgb fold takes 3 (someone's 4) DMX ch each.
  2. Rgb are the type of 3ch 'color changing' lights while DMX is the protocol used -- just to be clear. Are you doing both? Do you have any traditional lot channels still ? Do you have any non rgb lights still ? More information is needed to help you. What types of lights are you using? What kind of computer interface are you using? (LOR USB, DMX)
  3. It also might depend on the crime rate in your neighborhood. Most people like the show so don't want to mess with it. Also, its watched so much that its inherently very safe because of that.
  4. I have had 17 controllers outside in Colorado winters, in the snow, covered with snow, through blizzards ... No problems ... Ok, some times a frozen cat5 coupler which I should have had in the box. I also put some on the roof, also not a problem. I put the roof controllers on a part of the roof which melts first but is hidden from view.
  5. Greg, I use DMX, but not via lor s3. The main thing with s3 is better support for rgb and the channel groups and better hardware support. I love the groups. I put over 4300 channels into one screen using the groups and sub groups . I used xlights to playback the lor sequences. You could add lasers (DMX based) and just add a DMX dongle to your setup. The lynx DMX dongle is about $75 and an easy kit to build and works with lor s3.
  6. I just use zip ties and those stick on zip tie mounts as strain reliefs and they work well. They are also cheap enough to dispose of if desired. I also create strain reliefs for trip zones in the yard using rebar.
  7. Paul, that looks so great ... There is no way I could ever use conduit for all my cords, but thankfully it snows here and one coat then they are hidden . I really would feel limited in what I could do ... Plus many items are unavoidable piles or cords anyways .... Take a 48ch megatree. In the dark, nobody sees.
  8. Think carefully before advertising . Does directing traffic and dealing with angry neighbors also sound appealing?
  9. Some shows in denser neighborhoods with thru streets are very limited in viewing (2-4 cars max, out one side) .... And to me, those shows must be very short .... So songs also should be, or very few songs.
  10. Where you live matters (distance to your show) and do does your location type: suburban thru street, cul dec sac or acreage, downtown or urban , etc. Also factor in media coverage will drastically increase traffic and reduce show length and options. I prefer cut down songs and variety. Most people leave in 2-4 songs, while others drive up with dinner and watch the entire show over and over till the milkshakes r gone. My location is rural neighborhood cul de sac and I can handle 10-12 cars easily.... More than that and it's a zoo. If I advertised, it would be much worse, so I avoid any media and keep it local mainly.
  11. It's really good, no doubt. But to be fair ... its a high end projector show ... and if you look on the net ... those projector shows can be insanely good, including making entire buildings appear to crumble, etc. I wasted almost an entire night viewing those projector videos, and had no idea what was possible till watching some of them. I just think its awesome, but an entirely different animal than what most of us are doing, because we use real lights and this appears to be mostly projector magic.
  12. taybrynn

    Twig Tree

    Basically these twig trees are really built fairly poorly. If you are handy with coat hangers or small PVC tubing ... once you get 700ct of red, green and white on them ... its a wire tree ... you won't see whats underneath with all the wires and lights ... seriously. To problem is making it collapsable or hinged to you can fold up for storage at the end of the season.t can barely stand up under the weight. And the base is jsut fairly flimsy metal ... so if your creative ... you could make these yourself. I bought mine from walmart and target at the 2008 and 2009 clearance sales ... but have found that most place now don't have similar trees available anymore. I put rebar into the ground and tick the tree over it ... and mine have never blown ever even once.
  13. And heres a version from 2009 http://vimeo.com/8070193
  14. Its always a favorite - and yes, I'm sick of it like everyone else ... but Wizards is something you should play because of the overall appeal and respect for the hobby. I'll probably do a 2011 version as well -- lol And heres a version from 2008
  15. Highly recommended. http://www.noveltylights.com/C7-C9-Christmas-Lights/
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