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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.


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  1. This was our first year to collect donations for a local faith-based homeless shelter here in Wichita Falls, TX. We changed our display name to Faith Mission Lights to focus on the shelter ran than ourselves. Total raised for the homeless shelter: $1208 and @ 75 lbs of canned food! This year we added a 8 foot cross... http://vimeo.com/18449208 <-- our entire show for 2010 Happy New Year and God Bless, Gary
  2. The math seems right to me :-) The beauty is you control the LOR unit, and let him run the power from his place to the board :-)
  3. looks nice as always.. great job! by the way, you realize the purple font right before the video you spell "Voyager" as "Vogager" ? Keep up the great work, Gary
  4. wowlights.com still has some... but I know you are looking for a different source. Just thought I'd throw it out there ;-)
  5. took me a bit to realize it was first name SPACE last name... lol... only in Texas :-D
  6. eldoradoboy, we need some video... that 4 color yard grid sounds interesting also :-)
  7. not sure if you could set your computer back a year on the date/time... that would be the easiest fix... might make scheduling interesting :-) something to try until you get your LOR info....
  8. I had this problem and after about 30 mins I went to the LightORama forum and found out they made the 2.0.16 version expire after a certain date (early spring 2009 from what I remember). So you have to go the LOR website, and if you have the same email it should send you your advanced license (if you bought LOR version 1). If your email has changed you are doomed to wait 2 to 3 days for LOR to update then send you the info. Once you get your new info you have to download the latest version and go from there. The fun part will be in Jun 2010 when it looks like we will have to pay to get updates. So unless LOR has some huge improvement I'm not seeing a need for upgrade after Jun 2010. It's bad enough I have to buy 3rd party software to visualize my lights. Yeah maybe I'm a bit critical but the LOR visualizer should be what Holiday Lights is if we all have to start paying for upgrades... Sorry for the rant, I had to figure out why 2.0.16 wouldn't work for me either--a popup window would of been nice... G
  9. I still think a paint ball gun is the way to go... but ppl might be armed too. Unfortunately to protect a display it pretty much sounds like you have to go to the vandals level :-/ We've got high school kids driving up in lawns etc around here so I guess it's only a matter of time before someone thinks it's funny to destroy the display. Cameras are nice, but a hooded figure looks like a hooded figure so you can watch them destroy your display 1000x but it still won't catch them. I'm leaning more towards the silent alarm/paint ball gun method as I read these threads :-/ Maybe LOR can deploy spike strips at each end of the road? ;-)
  10. trial by fire... you will be an expert after your first year! look forward to seeing the videos! I bet you see sequences in your head when the radio is playing ;-)
  11. Got any pics or video? That's the one thing we rarely seem to see...thanks! It still surprises me that there are very few pics of any of the samples...I did see a video of the lights fading which was cool... Edit: guess I missed the previous page of posts... you already did the video.. I'm an ID10T
  12. I live on FM 1954 just past Lakeside City. There are not much around here for animated displays. Every sign place here wants to charge and arm or a leg for coroplast. Were you using an antenna for your mega tree? It was hard to tell with all the lights flashings

  13. well... resolutions... haven't seen the replacement product yet so I wouldn't use the word "resolution". I still feel left in the dark on the whole issue.
  14. well instead of using signs I just let ppl know why the strings were out. I got 3 new ppl into LOR for next year. I told them the LED story so that was enough for me... Let's just say they will never pay return shipping (that is a positive thing) :-)
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