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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 rmonty

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  • Birthday 04/02/1976

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  • Location
    Rockwall, TX
  • Biography
    Electrical and Computer Science Engineer with all sorts of eletronic hobbies. Christmas lights is the new hobby.
  • Interests
    Flying, Spending time with family, Electronic projects
  • Occupation
    Avionics Systems Engineer
  • About my display
    2008 - 16 channels - 4000 lights
    Planned 2009 - 128+ channels - 20000+ lights
  1. You might want to post the question in the LSP forums also as there are some AL users that can probably help you there also.
  2. Has anyone done "When Love Came Down" by Point of Grace that they would be willing to share? Thanks!
  3. These specs can be found on the LSP site here: http://www.lightshowpro.com/index.php?categoryid=12 The scheduler however requires less performance than what is listed. We also have some upcoming info that might be of interest to you and we will provide more details probably within the next month.
  4. I agree with Mike. Your best, least expensive route for automatically controlling static lights would be X-10. I use it all over my house too.
  5. You could probably use a DCx16 and some model rocket igniters.
  6. Here is a website of one near Tyler, TX that I have been to before. http://www.santalandtexas.com/ Scroll down and they have links to pictures of a lot of the displays they use.
  7. Thanks for the help Richard! I guess next question is does anyone have any sequences they mind sharing for it? It always helps to start from something.
  8. I am trying to figure out this intro song and was wondering if anyone knows what it is... Thanks!!!
  9. Most of the lighting commands we have noticed in AL are mostly different types of ramps (a.k.a. fades, pop-fade, reverse pop-fade, etc.), a form of shimmer, and twinkle. DMX, as a you said, mainly only supports intensities (as in fades). However, in LSP we have created the DMX plugin to generate the other effect types if they are placed on a DMX channel. Of course, the rate of a shimmer might be a little different, but you can adjust this rate in our plugin. There is a maximum rate, since we are limited to the speed of the port, but this maximum rate is reaching the limit of what a normal human eye can visually see. Ryan
  10. I'm on the fence to. I haven't built the arches yet, but have all the lights and PVC to do so. I'm looking at doing bi-color arches, but I'm still debating. Looks like the ducting is readily available if I decide to go that route later. Just curious, how large did you make your arches and how many channels did you use? Ryan
  11. Thanks! Did you ending up using it this year? Did it hold up well? Watched your video, looks nice. Ryan
  12. Is this the same tubing? 50' for $12.89 doesn't seem like a bad price. http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/u266403
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