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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 bleboeuf

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  • Birthday 04/21/1952

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    parker, tx
  • Biography
    old christmas elf
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    model railroad, xmas light displays
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    computer systems analyst
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    none yet planning currently

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  1. Chad, I used 5mm LED's on my spiral mega tree. and it worked great.
  2. Chad, contact me offline at [email protected], and I'll forward to you the pdf I used as a basis. My Spiral tree was based on one built by "Silverdale Lights" in Ohio. basically the twenty foot tree is broken into thirds. Each third the ligts swirl around 180 degrees. so if you start at 12 o'clock, the first string will swirl around to 6 o'clock, in the second third, the string will go around to 12 o'clock and then in the final third the string will be back at 6 o'clock. that gives you 1.5 turns to the spiral. I used clothesline cord for the framework of the three, 16 lines that go straight down. then using zip ties, tie the spirals to the framework cords. you will use lots of zip ties. I used Daryl Brown's mega tree kit for the hook head and the crank mechanism, for the tree. anyway, I'll post more pictures and if you send me your email address I'll forward you the pdf doc. later Barry
  3. Randy, The RGB arches are fairly easy. I used holiday coro's "Dumb" pixels in groups of six. I then bought at Lowes, some lawn edging, Turn on it's side, the pixels fit right through the whole for the anchoring stake. I then slide a piece of 1/2" pvc pipe through the edging for stability. Connected each 6 pixel segment to a set of channels on a 27 channel DMX board. and we're done.
  4. here's something to check. Last year I used channel 16 on my second controller to light the "tune to" sign. I put this in the Background sequence. Everything was fine, except when I created a sequence with that channel in it accidentally. When that sequence ran as part of the show. the "tune to" sign would go off. you might check that your sequences do not have the Background channel embedded in them. Just something to check.
  5. I live on a Cul-de-Sac, so my lot is Pie shaped with the driveway taking up a lot of the pie wedge in the front. however where I had placed the North Pole last year seemed to be an ideal spot. Now another consideration in my planning, is that I also have a house in Texas, and is currently where we will retire to, so I wanted to make sure that anything I did could also be used at that house. So after reviewing the information from ChristmasLightShow.com on his 5 point tree stand, and researching how to mount the mega tree, I came across Art Monkhouse's "Portable Hole II" at "magicchristmasnews.org". so I decided to use that as the base. (the spot that I'm planning for the tree is on a hill side, so I wanted the additional weight to anchor the tree into the side of the hill.) So Back to Lowes, for concrete, 2x6's, eye-bolts. etc. and made up one of those. Now I had planned to do a test build in July, however that got overcome by some events, so that didn't happen. (besides, some of the lights, the green led's ) were backordered. so I turned my attention to the controllers. I was planning on 16 channels of Red, 16 channels of While, and 16 channels of Blue in the spiral portion of the tree and then 15 channels of straight Green and 1 channel of strobes. The star topper is all RGB with 9 channels of RGB lighting. I ended up placing a strobe in the middle and connecting that to the strobe channel. So I was looking at a 64 new LOR channels (In 2012 I had 32 total channels but I only used 22). So I placed an order for 4 diy LOR kits, and broke out the soldering iron. The DIY kits are fairly easy to put together, so naturally I screwed up the first one, (I put one IC chip in backwards), so I had to get a replacement sent from LOR.) While waiting for the replacement I started researching how I was going to mount 4 new controllers at the base of the tree. I had seen a post here on the forums about a 64 Channel box., Now since my tree is 100% LED's, this seemed like a good option. I'll stop now, as I have to get the photo's off the camera of the 64 channel box under construction.... till later
  6. I know it's been a while since I updated this...but lets start this at the beginning.... Last year (2012) was my first year using LOR. I basically had net lights on the bushes, icicle lights on the eaves of the house, I made a North Pole, and two RGB arches. I synced 8 songs and declared victory. Here's a photo of the "North Pole" and the Arches.... I immediately starting thinking "What am I going to add next year???" the Answer immediately was a Mega tree. So I started researching Mega Trees, then found out about the "Webber" Spiral Mega Tree. and finally resolved to a Hybrid Spiral Mega Tree. So after more Research I came across a PDF file from Silverdale Lights entitled "Spiral Mega Tree Construction". Arm with this information I started making plans... By-the-way, this was in Feb of 2013. Once I decided on the tree, I stared to "collect" the pieces needed. First an order off to ChristmasLightShow.com for their 20' mega tree kit, As well as their 3-D Star topper. Once I received those, I placed an order with Holiday Coro to get some strip RGB LED's to attached to the star. (The results are the first post in this chain). Then LED's from Christmas Displays Inc. Lowes became the local supplier of turnbuckles, and clips, and other miscellaneous supplies. I also started thinking about where I was going to put the tree.
  7. Andy, I'll bring some buns. (How many?) Also I was going to try and bring one of my DMX RGB Arches. will there be power available?? Barry
  8. Glenn, the foam comes in sheets 4x8 from lowes...there 2" thick. To make a tombstone as it shows on the slideshow, I put two pieces back to back then I covered it with Grey Drylock (also from Lowes.) then using a wash....some tinting colors mixed with mostly water....brush that on. The drylock has a gritty texture, then adding some darker colors with a wash and then using a drybrush technique with some white, just makes it "pop" hope that helps. later Barry
  9. foam covered with Dry-lock. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109768302093346378779/albums/5794524674278456193/5796354780497355186
  10. this is the start of my 20' mega spiral tree. I'm using Darryl Brown's mega tree kit with his 24" tree topper star. I decided to make the star topper with RGB lights. The attached video shows my prototype using rgb flexible strips (from Holidaycoro). Sorry about the video being on it's side. I thought about putting the strips inside of an opaque water tube to disperse the light however, I kinda like it without the tube. I'll put the other four parts of the star on and then well see. but for now...here is the start of my mega spiral tree. https://vimeo.com/63212053
  11. thought about changing it to 1 1/2 turns. Not sure if I liked the coverage like that, however money may dictate that I go that way...thanks for the advice Barry
  12. I'm a semi-newbie..a Sophomore...with respect to LOR and animated lighting for Christmas. This past year was my first year using LOR. My wife had visions of Chevy Chase's Christmas house, however I didn't go that far. I built a Northpole with a DMX glob on top, Two DMX arches and then threw some strings of lights across the bushes (both net and straight strings). I also had ican icicle lights and a couple of holidaycoro xmas trees. All in all I was running about 20 LOR channels on two controllers and approximately 66 RGB channels across DMX. the light show was a success and my wife was very happy. (She's a Christmas nut also. She decorated 10 Christmas trees inside our house) This year, my big project is a 20 foot Mega Tree. I've bought Darryl Brown's Mega Tree Kit with a 3-D star. The star will be 9 RGB channels (Holidaycoro strips) and I was planning on using LED's for a spiral tree effect. I'm planning 48 new LOR channels for the mega tree (16 Red, 16 White, and 16 Blue). So here's the question. I would like some recommendations on LED light strings. Based on the spiral tree spreadsheet that I'm using, each string needs to be 40-44 feet long, so any suggestions/recommendations for LED strings would be appreciated. BTW. if anyone is interested, I've uploaded two videos to Vimeo. The first is my Halloween Display. (All DMX, use dthe sequencer from the free trial download of LOR, then transferred the show to XLIGHTS for the actual display. https://vimeo.com/52348536 The second video is a Cell phone video capture of my christmas display. I did the entire christmas show, includeing ordering controllers (2), building the arches (the arches are not in this video, I'll have to upload another that shows the arches), all the sequencing (8 songs I believe) between Halloween and about the 10th of Dec. (Free downloads of sequences off the internet helped tremendously) https://vimeo.com/55186343 Thanks in advance for any suggestions or recommendations Barry
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