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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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About B_Regal78

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  • Birthday 12/14/1965

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  • Location
    NJ-America's Armpit
  • Biography
    If I did, PC would put me in the TOC.
  • Interests
    Flying / Diving / Fishing / Skiing / Radio-controlled Cars & Planes / Christmas Displays
  • Occupation
    Computer Eng.
  • About my display
    Planned for 2010 - 512 channels / 90,000 lights / 5 arches / 16 vert. poles (matrix) / 1 mega tree (3 colors) / 24 chasing trees / everything RGW.

    I now know about video editing and realize I can not video a Christmas display; but I can edit like a nut... If you are lucky enough to find my videos, they really do not do my display justice, not even a little bit...


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  1. B_Regal78

    Lor Sale

    $1500 limit??? That's going to make things tough...
  2. B_Regal78

    Lor Sale

    I'm poised and ready go - what out....
  3. I'm not sure what my price point will be, but I'm sure I will be close to 4 digits. yup - I did see it was only 8 fixtures (the board I listed), but I was thinking that I would have several duplicate addresses. It has the features that I want, just a bit too small. The obey is nice portable board and has the right form factor that I am looking for, but it can only run scenes and does not let you actively control the intensity (or anything else actively) regarding intelligent lighting - only what is pre-programmed. It probably would not suit my need. Thanks for the suggestion though. Keep the ideas coming...(and I'll take a look at the computer thing)...
  4. I know this may not be the best place for this type of question, but I ask anyway. I’m looking for a new theatrical (stage) lighting desk to control both traditional par cans as well as some basic intelligent lighting. During the Christmas season, I use LOR for my display; however, LOR does not always lend itself to a live production (nor was it designed to). While LOR works great for pre-recorded songs (even on a live stage), it’s hard to seamlessly transition from one song to another. There are many lighting desks out there that can handle both par cans and intelligent lighting; however, I want the following two items to be addressed. The lighting desk must be portable. I have a Jands Hog, and while it is a very capable desk, it is far from portable. The lighting desk must also have a fader for the intelligent lights, which means it must be able to accept intelligent lighting traits or at least be able to “reassign” channels to a single intelligent light so that the “fader” for all intelligent lighting can be on the same channel (i.e. if the fader for an intelligent is on channel 4, reassign it to channel 1). I have 28 par cans in which have approximately 12-14 scenes between them, which include those with gels to change colors, as well as various “white” cans to specifically light up various parts of the stage (combinations of up stage, down stage, stage left, stage right, etc.). I also have 10 intelligent lights with 54 3watt LEDs (they are as bright as the Source 4 Pars), each with 9 channels. I have considered this board (http://www.elationlighting.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Category=&ItemNumber=1224 ) as a possibility; however, I have never seen this desk so I cannot play with it. Anyone have any ideas?
  5. If I can't afford a steak, I'd rather have a perfectly made hamburger than starve...
  6. The post count is basically meaningless (especially in my case since I never have anything of value to add - like my past 3 posts, and this one as well).
  7. ...and I just bought a bunch of molds this year...
  8. B_Regal78

    Led spot lights

    See Corey. http://www.minionsweb.com/osStore/led-spots-all-purpose-led-spots-c-1_4_43_44_75.html
  9. Seriously? The term is applied to people in South Jersey as a whole, but more specifically, to people who live in the Pine Barrens. Believe it or not, South Jersey is loaded with farms, except for the Pine Barrens, where nothing really grows there because of the soil. back in the early days, since you could not farm there, people had to hunt, fish, camp, whatever to survive, since they had no money. They were not well liked - have you ever seen "Deliverance"? You could consider the two hunters in the woods pineys. But they reserve that word to also describe me...even though I could not hunt to save my life.
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