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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.
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    Traditionally static lights (lot of them) and I want to animate it this year.
  1. I bought a string of 35 LED dome lights, spliced in a plug and doubled them up. I'll see how they look tonight. I'm not sure if they are going to be bright enough, I might have to get a 60 light string. Gary
  2. I'll look around for LED bulbs that fit the socket. I guess I could also cut the wire for the lights, install a female plug and plug in a set of white LEDs.
  3. Are there "rough use" blubs for inflatables? I've been buying the 4 packs of clear nightlight bulbs but they keep burning out when the wind picks up and they get bounced around. Gary
  4. Hi from the other side of MO. I have just finished all the set-up except for 3 arches I still have to build. After that all that is left is running all the extension cords. Since this is my first year with lor I don't know how many or where they are all needed. I do have a bunch of cords all different sizes, so I hope to have enough. I'll be sure to label them for next year. Gary
  5. I may have a similar situation that could be solved if the controlers do not have to be hooked up in order. In other words can I go from control 1 to 3 and then to 2? Gary
  6. Thanks, it was a lot of fun putting it together and I got a lot of comments from the trick or treaters. They all want to know when I'm starting to put up the Christmas Lights. Gary
  7. This is my first show with LOR. Its only 16 channels and I posted 3 songs on Youtube. I did 4 songs but they muted the audio on the Adams Family them because of the copyright, so I deleted the video. I'm working on my Christmas set-up, it will be 48 channels and I have 4 songs that I've started to sequence. Gary
  8. I just want to echo everyone's comments and the great presentations and a special thanks to Walter and Jackie Monkhouse for a super presentation and the "tape". garyB
  9. This is my first time at setting up an animated display and I'm trying to figure the best place to start. Seems when I layout the yard, I then have to figure out the controllers, change the yard layout, then account for amps, change the controllers, change the yard... Anybody going to be at the KS mini that might want to sit down and take a look at where I am in my planning? GaryB
  10. Thanks for the input. I don't have access to the equipt like they do at Opryland, but I do like those smaller sections of lights that wrap around the columns. I may try a version of that. Gary
  11. I guess I can try it on a smaller scale first. Maybe 3 or 4 ft wide.
  12. I have a 20 ft. Bradford Pear in the front and I thought about covering it with a home made net light. I thought about getting the black bird netting they use to cover vegetable gardens and using wire ties to attached strings of lights. I could then roll the whole thing up on two 20ft pieces of PVC. Then stand up the PVC, with help, unroll it so that its like a huge 20 ft tall tennis court net and just walk it around the tree. I could program 4, 5 or 6 channels. Anybody think this would work? Gary
  13. This was my first time animating lights and I did it with the Gemmy machine. Because of the power limits of the Gemmy I had both static and animated lights. I'll be going to LOR and more channels in 2009 but I will still keep some static elements of the display. Here is a link to a video, sorry about the quality but I have a steet light right across from me and its hard to get a good shot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghnkXC9c1Ew&feature=channel Gary
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