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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 dumbname99

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  • Birthday 09/20/1973

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    Seeing the lights blink is a childhood dream come true. Loving the light shows more and more each year.
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    tryting to finally make a LOR sequence I can be proud of
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    Hopefully someday it will be something to behold
  1. I vaguely remember that some LOR controllers are not capable of going faster than .1 seconds. Is this true? I've got 6 of the CTB16PC controllers. Does anyone know how fast I can make them and have them actually respond? (.1 sec, .05 sec, .01 sec?)
  2. Wow.... ok, things I've learned... 1. I'm really impressed at how supportive everyone is here and how so many people have given advice on how I can be better at sequencing. I'm really impressed at the willingness people have to try to give long-distance support. 2. I've vastly underestimated how long it takes to sequence a song from scratch. Last year I just modified existing songs, so I got a misleading idea of how long it takes. 3. When I went from 32 to 96 channels, well, I shot myself in the foot as I have nowhere near enough time to sequence songs from scratch. I spent the last 3 months trying to find the time to convert a standard Wizards sequence to something that looks decent... not great, but decent on my house.. 4. I've realized that it's not my lack of skill (although I am VERY left brained, not cut out for creative works..) but my lack of time (dang job) that causes me to get frustrated and create sub-par sequences. so.... a couple things Would you fine folks take a look at the sequence I did (bulk taken from a sequence provided by Dan Penn) and provide ideas on what I could do better? I just want to have a house display that would look cool, not random and cause seizures in people with epilepsy, or even look like it was programmed by a monkey on drugs. What sort of patterns could I do better, or should I restructure the design of my house decorations... Also, 3 months to just get the time to redo a single song won't make a good display if I have to do the same sequence over and over... So my original question still stands... Is there anyone out there willing to create or even alter existing sequences to fit my house if I am willing to pay? I know it may sound like a cop-out, but I really want to have a show this year using all the channels i invested in (my show last year was really nothing special) but between my new job and family time, I don't have enough time to go around. Some things have to give and my family and my job take priority. Unfortunately taking the easy way out here is the way things have to be:(...
  3. Honestly, it's because I don't enjoy sequencing. I love the blinking lights, the finished job, even setting up and taking down the lights. I just don't enjoy the sequencing aspect, which includes altering someone else's sequences to fit my house. Because I don't enjoy that part I'm sure that affects how well I do at it. But that, in conjunction with how little spare time I have lately makes me want to have someone customize the songs for me. I've seen the ones on the LOR site. Do they customize ones for your house, or do they only offer those 32 channel ones on their site?
  4. It's my second year and sequencing, and I've come to a conclusion. I stink at it...badly. The only even semi-good ones I could do were just blatantly copying someone else's work and trying to modify the sequence to fit my layout. While you can do that, it never works that well. I travel a bunch for my job and don't have the time to devote to getting the job done well (not that I could anyway). So, I'm turning to those of you out there that from what I have seen have done a really good job. So my question is this... Is there anyone out there that will create sequences for me if I give them my house layout... for a reasonable fee? (96 channels, 1 two-color 12 channel per color mega tree, 5 arches, 8 channels each, and misc other items...)
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