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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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  • 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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    We built a custom snow machine for our large show 3 years ago. We're tired of the space it takes up and it needs a home. Require 30A @ 120v single phase. Tank used a custom cheaper mix snow solution. Don't be fooled... not a professional out of the box product. Plan on tweaking, but it worked great for us. Was able to cover a large parking lot easily.


    Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - US

  2. Lights set to music strung on 32 Kubota Tractors, Utility Vehicles and Excavators. We love Christmas Lights & Tractors, and we're just as passionate about providing the best service is there is when it comes to all your tractor needs. Check us out online @ www.messicks.com for online parts ordering and service tips.
  3. We love Christmas Lights & Tractors, and we're just as passionate about providing the best service is there is when it comes to all your tractor needs. Check us out online @ www.messicks.com for online parts ordering and service tips.
  4. I have around 200 channels and 15 minutes of audio that need sequenced. I'm well into about 1/3 of it, but would gladly turn a song or two over to someone else and compensate for the effort. My time over the next few weeks is dwindling and I'm committed at this point. I do have a pictures of the display and LOR animation and channels laid out. You'd have a good foundation to start on. Anyone interested?
  5. Yea. I should quality what I ment by 'public'. I am not charging a fee. What's changing for me is that this has been a visible show for years without a drive up and watch the show sequence. This year we're going to sequence to music. I am aware I am getting in over my head. I have most of my planning done and am taking baby steps now. I won't be doing this alone. I'll have 4-6 people helping. Any idea how many hours per minute of audio I should plan for sequencing?
  6. We've a business that has done LOR based shows for the last 5-6 years. Usually around 400-500 strings. We're known in the area for doing light shows. However they have always been drive by stuff (we're located right on the side of an interstate and you can see us for about 1/4 mile in each direction. This last winter we pitched the idea to one of our vendors of doing a display set to music and they are helping to fund the cost this year. I'm flying blind on this one and was wondering if you guys could give some advice. Whats a good date to start? I am thinking of doing a "friends \ employees \ family \ media" night Nov 30, then starting nightly shows from the 6th forward. Given our traffic flow, this is going to be a drive up, park and watch show. We'll have volunteers doing traffic control. Their inventive will be that we'll take charity donations that they can designate. I'm worried about wed\thurs nights being slow. Is this a valid concern? I don't want my volunteers to waste their time. How late in the evening should we plan to run? I have a good layout for traffic flow, but can probably only pass about 90 cars\hour. How hard do I need to push to get the word out? I kinda expect that we'll run a few hundred people though and word will spread really quickly. I've never sequenced more than a minute or two of music. How much time can it take to sequence 160 channels? Thanks guys. We're really diving into this head first. I just want to be as prepared as possible.
  7. I found a way to use a low cost RS485 module and antenna to remove the wires from my display. The modules run at 19,200bps which is the long distance setting on LOR. They work amazingly well. I have a display thats about 1/4mi long and I cover the entire thing with two wireless channels. I've had no issues so far with the setup. I just drill an antenna hole in the top of the case and put the small 1"x2" board inside the case. You can pull power off the LOR board and signal from the middle two pin on the Cat5 Jack. This is not as advanced as the EZ-Light Linkers, and the parts are straight out of china... complete with the poor directions and crappy PC software to set the channels and baud rate. It took me 3 hours to setup all 8 of my controllers, so I was thrilled. My longest Hop is almost 500ft (line of sight) and it seems to work just fine. I need to order a few more for myself, so I was wondering if anyone else wanted in on the deal. The guy regularly sells these for $79 on ebay plus shipping from China. I get him to discount them a bit by buying 4+ pairs, and we can all combine shipping and save there. If you want in, paypal $79/pr to neilm--AT--messicks.com :santasmileyitty:
  8. I have a 44ft mega tree with a 10ft star (tip to tip). The ratio seems about right.
  9. I also use rebar as stakes for my mega-tree's. Home Depot was over twice the price of my local lumber yard.
  10. I've got about $300 in it between the stringer, plugs and bulbs.. would take $150. Half price, used 1 season.
  11. still available. I'll take any reasonable offer on these. Does not look like I can find a place for them this year.
  12. Yes, they are C7's... my fault. I already picked up the strands that I am repalcing this with. You know how "the plan" changes as setup week nears. The sockets are 12" spacing. It does not make sense to sell the wire without the bulbs, they are a fraction of the cost of the actual wire.
  13. Good thought. What have other people done about stacking 10+ plugs. Anyone have problems with this? There is little tension on them, but it seems there should be a better solution.
  14. I've used them a few times. I had a bad lot of strings once and they sent me some to replace them. Good service! Howeveer their pricing, even when on sale, could be better. I have 1000ft of C6's from there for sale... used 1 season.
  15. I'm also using hydraulic hose spools. I have some 2ft wide ones that I can get 60-70 100ft strings on.
  16. We're doing 7 or 8 tree's this year ranging from 25-45 feet.
  17. With 1100 white bulbs and a dozen electrical ends. Only used last season. Wrapped on spool over winter. 3-4 cuts over the 1000ft. Segments are very long. I changed this to LED because I need to be able to do 300-400ft segments without melting stuff. http://www.1000bulbs.com/1000-Foot-C7-Commercial-Stringers/37747/ Looking for LOR controllers.
  18. I maybe on board with this. I work for Messick Farm Equipment on RT283 between Lancaster and Harrisburg. We do 128 channels, about 80,000 lights. We do mostly large (30-50ft) mega-trees. We have 1/4 mile of highway frontage, so its not exactly a house that you can park in front of and watch a show, but its an impressive amount of stuff if you can catch it while flying by at 70mph.
  19. the cheap ebay units will run at 19,200 bps at shorter distances. as I understand it, the LOR units (and these) run bi-directional when two units are involved. However you can also set them up to do point to multi-point in which the conversation at that point is only uni-directional.
  20. Thats kinda what I was thinking. Any limitations that I'd run into with these would be the same as the easy light linkers. These are bascily the same concept... less the direct support and software from LOR. Looks like if you buy them in lots of 50 you can get them for $23.00/pair direct from China.
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