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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 rmcjfrank

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  • Birthday 08/15/1969

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    Springfield VA
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    8 years of static displays, one year of animation under my belt -- up to 50000 lights and 96 channels!

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  1. I was looking for a way to use my current LOR controller to run 120v LED strips -- are there 120v RGB "dumb" strips, and is it possible to run one of those using a standard CTB16 controller? I have seen the options to use 12v strips and a DC controller, but was trying to not buy more controllers -- not sure if it will be economical or even doable, but wanted to see if anyone knew of a way.
  2. A shout out to Christmaslightshows.com! Fantastic customer service!! Back in July I ordered some wire and sockets...turns out they shipped the wrong wire, but I didn't discover it until the other day (and time is running out). When I contacted Darryl he told me they were out of the wire, so he would just send all new sockets to match the wire they did send. They arrived in short order, and we are all set!
  3. If you get some, I am in the same boat and could use some help too. Would you mind sharing anything you get? Will do the same.
  4. Yeah, well, I thought I had it all set up after going through a couple of different configurations. I decided this year to double the height to 20', so I moved up to 3/4" EMT with a connector. When I first put it up, I had tie downs for both poles about halfway up. I underestimated the wight of 96 strands (I tripled the lights and really didn't think enough about it). The first time I started putting it up, it fell over on my wife (still hearing about that!). No injuries, but I decided to beef up the connector, and I added guy wires to the very top. This seemed to do the trick, and I got all 96 strands up and everything tied down and tested -- GTG. Well, yesterday it was raining with a slight breeze...I had noticed a little flex in my pole when I put it up, but didn't think much about it, as it seemed to be fairly stable with the top wires attached. From what I figure, the extra weight of the water, with a bit of a breeze, caused the pole to start to bend...gravity took over. I watched it fall over in slow motion...not happy for sure. I am upgrading to 1" rigid tomorrow -- fortunately my wife works for an electrician, and she can get these poles from vendors pretty cheep. I hate to do rework, but guess I am glad it happened now, and not in the middle of a show!
  5. Just got done sequencing this song...worth the effort I think.
  6. If I order a sign from Build-a-Sign on coroplast like this, can I backlight it? Which one would backlight better...any ideas?
  7. I had a similar issue...had to uninstall the previous LOR version and then install the new one (needed my registration info handy when reinstalling).
  8. I am looking for the White Christmas techno song that I have seen many people use...the one that begins with a car starting. I can't figure out where to get it...not many people who use it have a good description of the song (who is the author, album, etc). Does anyone know?
  9. If you can live with SPT1, I suggest a place called Skycraft Parts and Surplus. They have it under the link for "wire" and "lamp cord" https://02c1b5b.netsolstores.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2151 They had SPT2 on the site before but ran out...anyway, they have a minimum order of 40 feet at 12 cents a foot, and there are discounts for longer lengths. Oh, and I don't think it is green, so it may not be what you are looking for.
  10. I went in and asked for 75% off on two bulk purchases (four cases each time), and they gave it to me at WalMart. The second time took asking for the store manager to come to the light section (after they said no on the phone to the cashier, then sent a floor manager) -- it was a great visual to show the dude who could authorize the price reduction how I can clear a shelf of his valuable seasonal space! Oh, and don't go at night -- the night manager is not even authorized to smile I don't think, much less slash the prices! Very disappointed tonight with the rude manager I talked to. But, suppose I have to put up with it! So far I have 20,000 more lights for under $150 bucks! They are still pretty full here in Summerville SC, and shelf space over time equals a bunch of money -- pretty sure I can get the last 10,000 I am looking for soon at a discount:D
  11. I purchased four of Darryl's curtain strobes, and at least two of them have had moisture problems. We had a pretty steady rain for three days, and two had a good bit of water in them (they are mounted straight up at the peak of my roof). I drained and dried both, and they started working again, so I resealed them with silicone -- but one stopped working again, and I suspect moisture (will find out later today). Do you have any suggestions? I am looking to purchase more in the future, but I can't have this continuing. I thought I remember something about drilling a hole in the bottom -- thoughts?
  12. I too am running my first show ever -- 64 channels turned out pretty good. We had a group of friends over on "premier" night this past Saturday...but not much traffic since. I suppose I wouldn't want too much traffic in the beginning anyway, but has anyone experienced the same? I assume it picks up?
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