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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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Drum Christmas

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  1. I have a large supply of hot glue sticks at all times. I use it mainly, as you did, to attach my lights to the house (brick). I used Hot Glue and Twist Ties (they're free in the produce section). I put a glob on the wall, center the twist tie in the glob, 5 mins later, lights secured. My twist ties are brown, so they blend in with the house and I don't have to rip them off at the end of the show. HOWEVER, I was very disappointed with hot glue last season. I purchased several Holiday Coro Elements and assembled them according to David's instruction videos. Everything is secured with hot glue. After about 3 weeks, the hot glue began to let go of the coro and disaster.... I ended up removing ALL the hot glue from all the elements (with rubbing alcohol) and going with clear gorilla glue and zip ties. It actually works better, if I need to get into one of the elements, cut a zip tie or two and viola, versus 1/2 the day removing hot glue. Still, I use hot glue on a LOT of projects.
  2. My display is pretty spread out over the yard. I try to keep the Controllers as close as I can or at least centered, so cord lengths do not get out of hand. My Mega-Tree controller is the only exception, it is inside the mega-tree. The way I mount them is like so. Controllers are mounted to a 3 foot piece of 2x4. I have 3/4" rebar that I drive into the ground at the controller location. The 2x4 is attached to the rebar using pipe clamps. Simple and effective for my needs.
  3. I had a tube of Red Gasket Maker still new in the package. I used the "Nozzle" from it and screwed it on the Di-Electric Grease Tube. Worked break, the small pointy tip fit right into every socket and worked PERFECT for my extension cords. Not a single water failure last year. Little late, but I hope this helps you out....
  4. They are cool and were a lot of fun to put together.
  5. Here is a pic of my 8 Holiday Coro RGB Mini Trees. Also have a link to my vids to see them in action. Used the standard Holiday Coro setup using Holiday Coro Power Supplies and power injected through Cat-5. https://vimeo.com/54788088
  6. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  7. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  8. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  9. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  10. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  11. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  12. 30,000+ Incandescent, LED and Flood Lights throughout the whole display 20' Mega Tree with 4,800 Multi-Colored Mini-Lights 8 RGB Mini Trees with individual DMX Color Control 6 RGB Flood Lights with individual DMX Color Control 24 Channel Bethlehem / North Star with individual DMX Color Control 2400 "Net" Lights 12,000 Feet of Extension Cords 120 AMPS of electricity (that 14,400 WATTS, or 1,107 of them little Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs all plugged in at once!) Voiceovers supplied by "The Demented Elf Productions." www.thedementedelf.com 3 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC - 16 Channel Controllers
  13. Agreed, contact every news station and ask them to run a story with the video about the incident. Chances are, he'll brag about it to his "Friends" and they'll give him up.
  14. The Drum Family Celebration of Christmas features over 55,000 Lights spread across 2 houses synchronized to the sounds of Christmas! We are collecting Non-Perishable Food and Monetary Donations for the Kingman Area Food Bank. Come out and celebrate with us and help a Great Cause. Merry Christmas! Watch in 1080p for best quality!
  15. There has been a lot of discussion about this. DSLR is the best of the best of the best. BUT not everyone has $10,000 to dump into a camera. Here are a couple that seem to get the most looks for Good HD at a Good Price. http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/Zi8_Pocket_Video_Camera/productID.156585800 http://www.theflip.com/en-us/Products/ultra.aspx Hope this helps!
  16. We all have to start somewhere. I started with 16 channels and it was a bit overwhelming at first. As someone who has been in your shoes, stay at 16 channels until you are comfortable, them start moving up the channels ladder. Welcome to the Madness. Oh, and unfortunately, there is No Cure for the "Virus." Sorry
  17. No pics yet, BUT my display was up, tested and ready to go October 23. I am not home all the time, SO I get it done early and it's ready to go, incase I don't make it home to throw the switch myself. All my Wife has to do is fire up the show computer and viola!
  18. Hey All. I asked this ?? on the LOR Forums and I got a couple answers, BUT I'm still a little cornfusededed. We are trying to run our show this year at the top and bottom of every hour. Each show would be 15-20 mins long, depending on the songs in that section and their respective lengths. After the songs have played, we want to broadcast our voiceovers for the incoming/outgoing crowds. Now, some have said to build 2 shows, 1 with the songs and 1 with the voiceovers. Sounds easy enough, BUT then someone said the timing of the voiceover show has to be perfect or the next "song" show might start before the correct time (top or bottom of the hour). If I have confused you, I apologize. Has anyone done this with LOR and if so how did you pull it off. Thanks for the help!
  19. Hey All. Ran a test of our show last night an came across a bigger problem than last year. We tripled our LED's this year and as we know, LED's don't dim quite right. Last year I had a night light on the channel with the LED's and they dimmed great. This year 3/4 of my channels have led's. Now my question is, can I put a string of C-7's in line with the led's (out of sight of course) with 1 bulb in each string to act as snubbers? I have a TON of C-7's that were donated and I am not using. THANKS!!
  20. I hold my beer with my right hand....
  21. Well, never mind. My transmitter has a dc input and it says 5vdc. SO I used the red and black wires from the Power Supply and PRESTO! No Hum, distortion or whining! This will improve our display greatly this year!
  22. OK, so I have seen several of the posts on here about using an old ATX Power Supply to power our gadgets. My question is this. To power the little FM Transmitters (Belkin) using the Orange Wire (3.3vdc) do I need to do anything other than run power to the device? It is unclear in the posts about the amperage of the 3.3vdc. Thanks!
  23. Hey all. This year I am running my transmitter close to the street, similar to a north pole sign, but mine will say "Merry Christmas." The antenna length for my frequency is 5' 3 3/4". Can I "fold" or double up the antenna wire to cut down on the height of my PVC pole? If not the pole will end up being 6' tall! Thanks!
  24. OK, this has probably been covered, but it's a needle in this Haystack. Is there a way to distinguish between a 2.5v Mini-Bulb and a 3.5v Mini-Bulb by looking at them? I have bags and bags of bulbs and I keep blowing bulbs in my strings because they are the wrong voltage. Is there a visual difference between the bulbs? Thanks!
  25. Do you have any of these left?
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