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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.

Brian B.

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About Brian B.

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    San Diego, CA
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    I like Christmas!
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  • About my display
    It's bright.
  1. I have some songs where I do 1/10 timing. I have not seen any issues with my LEDs reacting.
  2. Brian B.

    video display

    I have not put it up for the last couple of years... my computer is just not fast enough to handle my dispay, radio station and video. Until I replace the laptop, I doubt I will bring it back. I did use it for Halloween to do the "scary eyes". No video of that either but here is a picture...
  3. After you try that and confirm communication in the hardware utility check the fuses on the box.
  4. We just went through 2 days of 85 & 88 degrees. It is always interesting to me how we have such disparate scenarios for Christmas. My biggest concern every year is keeping the grass from getting to high that it starts to crawl up my tomato cage trees and flood lights. You guys have a whole host of issues to contend with that I have never even thought about. I'm not sure I could do what you guys do back there.
  5. You don't have to search very long on the forums to find lots of people having issues with LEDs. Both commercial and box store varieties.
  6. My favorites usually involve the "radio staion". People have no clue how this is done and even if I explain it in detail, it still does not register. The other day I had someone ask me "How did you build an entire radio station in your house? Wasn't that really expensive?"
  7. I had 2 more stirings of 100 Ct. C6's fail tonight. That makes 3 of 24 dead in 7 days.
  8. I too have lights from LED Holiday Lighting. Out of 24 strings of multicolored I have 1 string that failed so far in the exact same way as most others are describing. They had been on for 6 days when the failure occurred. I guess I will have to start inspecting every night now.... So what to do? If as some are suggesting and this may be a problem with the way in which the lights are used as opposed to a quality issue (which I am very much on the fence about) what's the low risk solution. This is already a very, very expensive hobby and having to purchase replacement LED strings each and every year just isn't something I can stomach. I have read or heard of issues with just about every vendor of one flavor or another. Admitedly none seem to compare to our not to be mentioned twice vendor but even so... the costs will soon outway the reward in my opinion.
  9. I have an static show that runs for 30 min each hour. I just created an animated sequence with all the lights on and scheduled it as a show.
  10. I bought mine here among other places... http://www.creativedecoratinginc.com/led-lights/led-replacement-lamps/led-multi-color-c9_864.html
  11. The tags drive me crazy! For the longest time I have thought that I was alone in this... My wife used to shake her head and roll her eyes, now it is one of her "duties".
  12. Brian B.

    video display

    Yup, that's pretty much it. In LOR Go to Edit-->preferences-->video preferences to toggle thru the few options for video. In the video options you can select the monitor (your projector) for output. Have fun and good luck.
  13. Brian B.

    video display

    I would suspect that there are lots of ways to do this but this is how I tackled it for my display. I used a video editing tool to capture the portion of video that I wanted to show, then I used the editing tool (Pinnacle Studios) to mute the master track and overlay my christmas music onto the video. Once this is accomplished you can use the video\song as you would a normal musical sequence and sequence any lights to correspond with the video... the trick if you are only doing this for one song\video would be to have your projector warm up in time to display the beginning of the video (assuming you are using a projector). I suppose you could just turn the projector channel on towards the end of the previous sequence... I have my projector set to "auto power on" so when I turn on the channel that is attached to my projector it starts right up...
  14. I did! Best service I have had! I recieved my C7 retro bulbs in less than a week with a tracking info and confirmation within 24 hours of placing the order. By the way, I too placed an order with Travis in February. I guess I fall into category 3, he has never returned any of my calls or emails.
  15. I started with the Whole House Transmitter. After one season I upgraded to an EDM. The quality of the signal is decent with the Whole House (at least in my area) but for a few more dollars you can do a lot better. Biggest factor for me was that the original Whole House broadcasts in Mono and has a limited amount of broadcasting frequencies.
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