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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. As I mentioned in an earlier post on this thread, I know they are working on an upgrade but the last time I heard Dan say that it took over a year to see the results. This last year I ran 6300 DMX channels as well as 192 LOR channels and 38 Digital output circuits. I am looking to more than double the DMX count this year. I did not experience any problems other than the cumbersome sequencing. The show itself ran great.
  2. I have heard of Madrix, Have you used it? is it any good?
  3. I'm sorry I didn't mean to say that anyone was bashing me already, I only meant that for my last post since I was making statements about Superstar and I have not even used it yet. Please don't take any offense. And Thank you for your suggestions I really do appreciate them.
  4. I have used Nutcracker and it is a cool tool but that still has to be imported into LOR which is clunky when you have a lot of channels. I added 6000 channels in 2013 and did not notice any problems with latency during the shows but I have read about others experiencing that. Another problem is the sequencing in LOR itself is very cumbersome with that large of a pixel count. The visualizer is very limited in its ability to simulate the display when it is RGB. Have not used Superstar due to its cost and from what I have seen it is limited to things such as a CCR tree or mega tree(please don't bash me for those statements, that is only from what I have read)
  5. I have been an avid Light-O-Rama user since I discovered them in 2006 but with the introduction of RGB, LOR has become very limited in its support. Is there a better solution for RGB lights and Regular lights. Please chime in and give me your opinions on LOR and the others. LOR says they are working on better support for RGB and it will be out this year. I have heard them say things like that before and it took more than a year for their changes to come out. I really need to start sequencing for this year as will be doubling my pixel count and I need software that will support that.
  6. I am looking for 3.5 volt bulbs to recondition my multimode strings. Do you have any 35 or 70 bulb strings available?
  7. tommanh wrote: Make sure you give him bad reviews!
  8. Mel Fischer wrote: Thanks guys, Seasonsla is the one that has them in stock and the shipping is still $77.00 :shock:. Ouch oh well I guess if I can't find them any where else I may just have to pay the high price.
  9. Mel Fischer wrote: I am a newbie to this site and this is my first post but that reindeer you have listed is the one I have been looking for for years and I need two to have a complete set of eight. Where can I get two of them from? And how much will they cost?
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