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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.

Tim Bateson

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    When I built my house I put a PVC pipe down before they poured the walk. With a couple elbows and screw-on caps at each end. Now I just spin off the caps and run my wires under the walk. FYI use a big pipe. I went with 3" & still not big enough.
  2. Yes, I tried both online & downloaded converters. Yes this runs off an SD card or USB drive.
  3. They are MP4 files. My Virtual Santa are MPG files. I've tried three different programs, and none of them produce anything either of my projectors will recognize.
  4. I've used a Virtual Santa for years. So this year I bought a bunch of spooky stuff from AtmosFX . Big mistake. Nowhere on their website do they warn you that their products ONLY work with the latest (expensive) projectors. I've had no luck converting them. Even AtmosFX hasn't successfully converted their own products to work with older projectors. Anyone here found a good conversion for these?
  5. I rearrange my display every year to make it different. I add elements & remove elements from year to year. Unless I customize each sequence every year, it just looks like flashing lights that are in rhythm with the music. I want my display to dance & sing with the music, not just flash to the beat. That's why I moved up from a Mr Christmas years ago. No offense to those using them. Was a great way to start. I don't have every song perfectly synced the way I would want, but every year I tweak and modify every sequence, getting closer to that perfection every year.
  6. In all of the years I've done this, I have yet to find a sequence, either purchased or shared that works out of the box with my display. I have had to either heavily modify or totally re-write every one of them.
  7. When I used incandescent lights, my Buzz-Box was invaluable!!!! Gathering dust now. I do use the LED light keeper for my LEDs. FYI - I have found nothing that works well with LED Net lights.
  8. I have (had) one neighbor that complained year after year. The rest love the show. I had stopped doing interviews, entering contests & advertising because of him. Trying to make peace with him, just didn't help. Last year he called the Sheriff. He was told that light displays were not illegal. Then he called our HOA. Funny thing is he "should" have known the HOA president has the 2nd largest light display in the neighborhood. Fast forward to this year... He has (finally) moved away, and our display - my wife & I dressed up as Mr & Mrs Clause will be featured on the cover of our HOA magazine (it's a BIG community). I think our traffic is going to get really heavy again!
  9. I'm putting up my "Halloween" RGB lights on the house this weekend. Everything else starts on Nov 3rd.
  10. When I was still using incandescent lights, I'd throw net lights on the shrubs. Quick way to get them lit up. When I switched to LED, those net lights were expensive and built crappy. They only lasted a season or two. Real waste of money. I've now switched to throwing LED strings on the shrubs. REALLY liked the LED nets, just were not reliable.
  11. I use the same PC, that I use for my business. Stuck an extra NIK card in it and haven't had any issues in the 3 seasons that I've been running it this way. I had used laptops in the garage for a few years & had nothing but issues with them. One Cat5 cable runs out into the garage to my LOR machines. Another Cat5 runs out to the garage to a dumb switch which has several Pixel controllers connected. The LOR boxes are a combination of hard wired Cat5 and wireless.
  12. Problem solved..... Cannot run XLights while ANYTHING LOR is active.
  13. The test seemed OK, but it goes through it's auto sequence at a good pace. None of the colors stayed on long enough to verify if they were flashing too.
  14. Color me embarrassed - I don't know which is dip switch is used for this.
  15. Color is correct, just won't stay solid. I'm testing using XLights.
  16. Having an issue with WS2811 RGB smart bulbs flashing when they should be a solid color. Does this regardless of the solid color selected. Everything else seems to be functioning normally. Using ECG-P12R - Joshua1 controller (ver 2.7) Channel speed is at 3200. Anything slower doesn't seem to help.
  17. If you are thinking of moving to pixels anytime soon, you will need a workhorse of a computer to generate the show. Also skip the MP3 if you are going this route - can't handle it.
  18. Dec 18-19 Christmas Decorations are 45% off Dec 20 – 24 Christmas decorations are 50% off
  19. The weather has not been kind this year, so setting up & tweaking the show took so long, I just got around to making a video. Rather than a dozen videos, I opted for 1 video of the entire show (about 29min). I did edit out "Little Drummer Boy" due to file size. I was up too late last night & now see I didn't upload the final edited version. The last few songs are out of order, but enjoy and please comment - even critically - I may not like all of the comments, but if I blew something in a big way, I do want to fix it for next year. Embedding within my website wasn't working last night, or maybe I was too tired, So click on either of the first 2 pictures to go to the video www.liberty-laser.com/Christmas (note - I have now added color spot lights to the house - very lacking in this video) Our 2013 Play List voice-over - Opening 0:48 voice-over - Walter Cronkite 0:19 Amazing Grace - Techno 1:31 Little Drummer Boy - Bob Segar 3:29 voice-over - Going Green 0:32 Christmas with a Capital C - Fish 3:44 voice-over - Disclaimer 0:16 Carol of the Bells - Monique Danielle 2:24 Dominick Italian Christmas Donkey - Uncle Pepe 2:32 Coca Cola Theme 1:01 voice-over - Neighbors 0:33 The Meaning of Christmas - Linus(Peanuts) 3:27 Wizards of Winter - TSO 3:05 Let It Snow - Michael Buble' 2:04 voice-over - Web 0:49 Soldiers Silent Night 3:47 voice-over - Close 0:31
  20. I use old C9 strings and pop the unused sockets off or seal with hot glue or caulk. I have strings done all 3 ways for several years now. However the CDI strobes will not be as bright after the 1st year. They don't loose much, but when set next to a new bulb there is an obvious difference.
  21. Moved from the MP3 to a laptop this year. The MP3 can't handle more than 1 Universe (pixels). I set it to NOT sleep with the lid closed. Got the show scheduled, closed the laptop and placed in off in a corner of the garage. I update the show every couple days, but that's it. Runs great - sound quality too.
  22. Just added to my tree farm: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/24-Inch-Pathway-Tree-Set-of-4/1041428122?categoryId=12800 With coupons, my wife picked up several of these for half the listed price.
  23. Try: http://www.amazon.com/Multi-Color-Lighted-Christmas-Cascade-Decoration/dp/B004JYIKNM/ref=pd_sim_hg_7
  24. I bought & sold a ton of these on eBay a couple years ago. I could buy them at Garden Ridge for $40 and sold on eBay for $100+. Still have a couple, but they are being saved for my kids who are now getting into this wild hobby.
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