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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. Ryan, I think I emailed you back about this, correct?
  2. Thanks for the interest. The lights aren't included, but the rest of the parts are. I don't think you could fit this on a plane, if you wanted all the pipes. The pipes are cheap anyway. I could however package up the rest of it and I'm sure that will fit on or under a plane. Kenny
  3. Anyone want a 25 foot mega tree in the DFW area?
  4. I thought I would show briefly how getting a Holiday Light Designs RGB Tree is a cheaper and easier solution when compared to building one with LOR's CCPs or going the DIY route. The numbers below are very realistic and give a good idea of the approximate cost of each type of tree. Keep in mind that the HLD tree is customized to be plug and play, unlike the DIY route where you need some sort of connector, wires, and other parts to make a pixel tree. We do it all for you, so you just plug it in and it's ready to go. Detailed pictures can be found on the Holiday Light Designs online store. Email me directly with any questions, or call the number on our home page. We are also including 7 sequences for free, that work with the HD Pixel Tree! Order now and you'll easily have it before Halloween. You can begin sequencing without it, and then just plug it in once it arrives! http://www.holidaylightdesigns.com/index.php/products/pixel-trees http://www.holidaylightdesigns.com/ [email protected]
  5. Thanks! We are working on one as a matter of fact.... It won't be anything like a traditional star. It will be much cooler!
  6. Version 2 of our Pixel Trees is now available for purchase! Check them out here. I use Nutcracker to do all the sequencing for the trees. It's hands down the best way to do such a complex series of sequences. I highly recommend it! The Holiday Light Designs Pixel Tree Kit comes with everything you need to quickly and easily add a pixel tree to your Christmas display. Our kit includes a proprietary system of connectors that are labeled and color-coded to make assembly fast and easy. You don’t need to be an expert with RGB technology to own a tree like this. We have designed the kit so there is no way you can plug something in incorrectly and we have eliminated the risk of ruining a set of lights. The controller comes preconfigured to work with the layout of the tree as well! A detailed set of instructions is included to walk you through every step of the process. The instructions include a detailed guide describing how to do everything from the construction of the base of the tree, to configuring your sequencer software and Nutcracker. The average time to assemble the tree is about 30 minutes from start to finish. See a video sample of the tree here. Included in your kit will be the following items: -Detailed instructions -30 pixel strings attached to a support cable -Assembled waterproof controller box with a J1Sys P12R Controller and 2 Power supplies (5V 115/230VAC) -All wires labeled and color-coded with connectors -Tree top pole with hooks pre-assembled -All other necessary parts to assemble the base and secure the tree and light strings -Spare bulb Additional items you will need to purchase: -QTY 6 2x4’s for the base of the tree -10 foot center pole -Wooden stakes -Wood screws. These items are too big to ship, but can easily be picked up at your local hardware store. Specifications: -1350 Pixel Total -12 feet tall and 8 feet wide at the base -P12R Controller -2811 Pixels (45 pixels per string with 3" spacing) Kenny www.holidaylightdesigns.com
  7. Version 2 of our Pixel Trees is now available for purchase! Check them out here. The Holiday Light Designs Pixel Tree Kit comes with everything you need to quickly and easily add a pixel tree to your Christmas display. Our kit includes a proprietary system of connectors that are labeled and color-coded to make assembly fast and easy. You don’t need to be an expert with RGB technology to own a tree like this. We have designed the kit so there is no way you can plug something in incorrectly and we have eliminated the risk of ruining a set of lights. The controller comes preconfigured to work with the layout of the tree as well! A detailed set of instructions is included to walk you through every step of the process. The instructions include a detailed guide describing how to do everything from the construction of the base of the tree, to configuring your sequencer software and Nutcracker. The average time to assemble the tree is about 30 minutes from start to finish. See a video sample of the tree here. Included in your kit will be the following items: -Detailed instructions -30 pixel strings attached to a support cable -Assembled waterproof controller box with a J1Sys P12R Controller and 2 Power supplies (5V 115/230VAC) -All wires labeled and color-coded with connectors -Tree top pole with hooks pre-assembled -All other necessary parts to assemble the base and secure the tree and light strings -Spare bulb Additional items you will need to purchase: -QTY 6 2x4’s for the base of the tree -10 foot center pole -Wooden stakes -Wood screws. These items are too big to ship, but can easily be picked up at your local hardware store. Specifications: -1350 Pixel Total -12 feet tall and 8 feet wide at the base -P12R Controller -2811 Pixels (45 pixels per string with 3" spacing) Kenny www.holidaylightdesigns.com
  8. Order the p12r. Thats what I used and it works AWESOME. Check out videos of it in action. www.mckinneychristmas.com. I also sell a complete RGB kit on my site, www.holidaylightdesigns.com
  9. I have finally completed my RGB Pixel Tree kit. The info can be found on my store www.holidaylightdesigns.com I've come up with a way to connect things quickly and easily. Everything is tested, works great together, and comes with directions for everything. The kit has everything you need to plug in and go. Check it out! I spent many many hours trying to learn RGB, DMX and pixel stuff... save some time and buy the kit ready to go! I also match warranties with competitors, check out the warranty info on the site for details. Kenny www.holidaylightdesigns.com www.mckinneychristmas.com
  10. I sell a complete kit for a RGB mega tree on my site, www.holidaylightdesigns.com All the testing and complicated stuff is done for you. It includeds everything you need to plug in and go! Kenny
  11. Hey All, I have a random request. Can someone PM me with some license info for this software? I purchased it a few years ago, and had to reformat my pc, and I lost the license info. I've sent multiple emails and put in multiple tickets to get the license info retrieved. No response from them at all. I even found Michael's phone number in the forums and called him, they hung up on me when they heard I needed help with the software... This is frustrating!!! Kenny
  12. www.mckinneychristmas.com has the details.... Kenny
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