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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.

    Greg.Ca

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    1. Car accident, sickness in the family, FREEZING cold temperatures, trying to get Xlights to work my 550 channel LOR display, lazy son, son in College and overworked son who's attitude is poor all led to a compromised display this year. Last year we took first place, this year by the time we got our stuff going, the contest was over and we won NOTHING!!! This is a tuff hobby to get everything going in just a few weekends. However it was my fault. I didn't test anything in the summer time like I should have. --Greg--
    2. Please explain this 'patch' thing. Does this allow LOR to work better? I really want to run everything in Xlights. Anybody running lots of LOR controllers in Xlights in LOR mode? --Greg--
    3. We have over 40 standard LOR controllers running in standard LOR mode. I want to import my 500+ channels into the setup tab of nutcracker/Xlights and have Xlights run both my LOR sequences as well as my nutcracker RGB sequences in E.1.31. I ran into a problem trying to set up my LOR channels into the setup tab and found a limitation of only being allowed 47? channels that Xlights could accept in standard LOR mode. HUGE disappointment and a show stopper. Must I run my large LOR network in DMX mode in order for Xlights to accept and acknowledge my LOR hardware? If this is the case, what exac
    4. OK, August 31 it is. 16 people is a push. If we get confirmed over 12, I think we should do it at at the fire station. Anything around 12 we can do it at my home. Where is this fire station located? Call me tomorrow to discuss my WS2811's. I don't understand the 'showers' comment. I think that you meant to 'show' something.
    5. Shaun, I'm good for hosting at my home on any of those dates. My son Joey will be going back to college in North Dakota around the first week of August so obviously the August 3rd will be my choice as Joey can attend and learn more. I just need to know what everybody wants to do and the final date. I should have a 36 strand RGB megatree getting close to completion that I have been working on for a few months ready to show off. I'm waiting on supplies from China and additional funding from the 'boss' to procure additional 5V strips and two more additional controllers. ($200.00 each). I would li
    6. I would like to offer our home to host the Christmas lights enthuesiats get together this summer. We live near Highlands Ranch Parkway and Santa Fe in western Highlands Ranch. Available dates are August 3rd, 24th or 31st. I would like to hear back from people wanting to come and what day is good for them. Shaun Megan has indicated that he wants to come and I would also like everybody to bring their stuff that they no longer use to have a 'swap meet' for buying and selling Christmas light stuff. I should also have a 36 strand RGB mega tree close to getting completed to show everybody.
    7. We have quite a spectacular mega tree with over 38000 full wave led's but this year we are now attempting adding a internal 2nd layer to our 8 color mega tree. Our programming department is requesting some samples of videos that use dual layer mega trees. I remember somewhere seeing some. Can anybody show me some examples of dual layer mega trees? Thanks --Greg--
    8. I also agree, NEVER NEVER buy LED's with replaceable bulbs. You're just asking for problems!!. I have easily over 100,000 LED's and NONE of them are in sockets. Don't buy cheap crap. If you check this forum, this information has been published for YEARS!!!. I don't feel sorry that your cheap Martha Stewart LED's aren't working. You got exactly what you paid for and they're probably half wave also. Sorry. --Greg--
    9. If you would want to consider used, I have lots of multicolor full wave icicles that have sealed bulbs. All top quality. --Greg--
    10. I am finding this whole thread VERY informative. I am just about to bite the bullet and go with P12R. I know my show NEEDS to have intelligent strings in the next couple of years to bring it up to current standards. I have been hesitating on purchasing a controller for smart strings as I know that I will have to do it alone and suffer the consequences if things don't go right. What everybody is NOT talking about is how you go about sequencing the new hundreds or thousands of channels so that my new 'magical' megatree still dances in syncronization to the music. It was hard enough having 5
    11. Are there seperate fees for the classes? What does the $60.00 cover?
    12. Does any band do 'Here comes the Sun' with Christmas Lyrics? Has anybody ever heard this beautiful song with Christmas lyics?
    13. I don't have the slightest clue who 'Ray' is. Website please. Also, who or what is a 'meanwell'? --Greg-- Also, are you indicating that each 'channel' , can drive 5 5meter strips/color? So therefore I would use 3 seperate channels on the controller to drive 5 of the 5 meter strips in series? I need length. Thanks --Greg--
    14. Currently I have over 450 LOR channels operating my 100,000 LED's very sucessfully. I currently do NOT have any RGB lights or DMX channels. Hopefully that's going to change for the 2013-2014 season. I want to start slowly and experiment with smart strings and 'semi intelligent lights' and have lots of questions. Right now I have 72 feet of 9 different colors of LED rope light that is a perimeter 'fence' that serves two purposes. First it acts like a security fence and keeps my 'viewers' outside of my yard. And second, as musical notes are played in many of my songs, I illuminate different
    15. I have 4 mini arches that use 8 each (X3 colors) and I have 2 Mega arches that use 16 that also have 3 colors. The more 'increments' you have, the better it 'blends' when the arch is moving.
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