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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 magii

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      Lawrence, KS
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      I'm an architect with an immeasurable amount of creativity and motivation, I'm quite handy, and Christmas is my favorite time of year, and making sure my lighting display can be seen from the edge of town is just how I express that.
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      To many to name here, as my wife says, "I'm a fart in a whirlwind."
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      Just getting started, I've only been a homeowner for a little over two years and have had a display up for the last two Christmases. Made the jump to LOR in 2009 with a little over 10,000 LEDs synced to 40 channels of D-Light Hardware.

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    1. Yes it does. Thank you for clearing up the confusion and filling in those "in between the lines" voids. Looks like a great product but it's outta my budget for now. Best of luck!
    2. In Brads defence, i'm sure that hes done all his business homework so Maggii, to suggest or question that hes acting legally is unfair and really unhelpful. That was really nasty.
    3. Sounds to me like the manufacturer you are working with screwed up. If MPH was responsible for the proprietary design of the tubes you are using and has the patent or even intellectual property rights to the design, then he IS entitled to limit it's production and distribution. You may indeed have some major problems with that. I understand your approach as an "all-in-one" solution but Madrix is an expensive program. I doubt they would take very kindly to someone profiting from their "demo". Do you have a licensing agreement worked out with them? I have watched the video, it seems like a
    4. Before I made the jump to LOR, I wanted to animate some of my smaller decorations and I found the directions for a simple DIY controller at http://www.kindlachristmas.com/HTChaserLight.asp I was so excited, then I learned a hard lesson. With the rise of LED popularity, these 4 channel strings are hard to find! So I started keeping my eyes open for them. I've collected quite a few over the last several years, Some three channel, some four, some used, some new in box. All of them have the variable speed dials, not the "multi-function" ones. I've got a box full of them now and having made t
    5. Everything is shipping out on Monday via USPS. Thanks everyone!
    6. GE Multis and snowflakes are sold. The only thing left is the Sealed full wave C9's from Val. Which, funny enough, was what I thought would go first.
    7. Wanted to update what's still available. GE 50ct LEDs from Lowes 15 - 50 Ct Multi RGBY on green wire (used one season, tested) $3 each GE Incandescent Snowflakes 8 - 96 ct, 8 flake per string, radom sparkle effect $6 per box set (8 snow flakes) Christmas-LEDs.com (http://www.christmas-leds.com/catego...categoryID=259) All bulbs are on 5.5" spacing, refer to link above, and were used one season all have been checked and I do have extra lenses (somewhere ). 1 - 45' 100 Ct C9 Red full wave dimmable, sealed enclosure $15 1
    8. so can anyone post a picture of these things? I know there is a download in the LOR forums but I'm not a member, and refuse to send a ticket to their help desk just so I can join to look at a picture.
    9. Randall, Great to hear you caught the bug. I've been in this for three years now and it's been a very rewarding hobby. There is a TON of information out there and lots of different options. Do not hesitate to ask for help, this is a very caring and happy to share community of people. Most of them are wonderful. LOR is a great place to start but it isn't the only option. Even though I use LOR S2 software, all my hardware (controllers) are from www.d-light.us The D-Light stuff is great and waaaaayy cheaper than LOR. For next year we are upgrading to Light Show Pro and all DMX control. It's a little advanced but it's the only way to go when you go over 500 channels. Do a lot of research and reading, don't buy anything unless it's on sale, and ask lots and lots of questions. Welcome to the insanity! Zach

    10. Hi. Im originally from Lawrence. I saw your display this year online and it inspired me to get not this... I am ordering my controllers when lOR goes on sale n February... Anyways. Just wanted to say hi.. And rock chalk

    11. They are great lights! But I went to a four color setup and the 5.5" spacing doesn't work to get 4 colors on the roof! I used 12" spt chord this year and that only gave me about an inch between every bulb. 5.5" won't let me get three bulbs in between unless they are right against one another. It just doesn't work with the 4 color setup. The GE Whites are sold.
    12. [ATTACH=CONFIG]41973[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41974[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41975[/ATTACH] had a couple of questions on the snowflakes, here's what they look like. 8 on a string. I had planned to use these with icicles but after we moved I didn't have nearly enough to go around our new house. There are 6 boxes.
    13. These walmart strings were what I had left over after a carefully orchestrated thanksgiving weekend raid spanning 5 states and half a dozen family members. I knew lots of people were looking for them and decided they needed a better home than on a spool in my garage. Jeesh, never expected this though. You'd think they had golden plugs or something!
    14. All the Walmart strings are gone, fast too! Sorry to those that missed, I have to go on priority.
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