Jump to content
Did you know?
  • 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.


    • Content Count

    • Joined

    • Last visited

    • Days Won


    Roger last won the day on July 3 2016

    Roger had the most liked content!

    Community Reputation

    15 Good

    About Roger

    • Rank
    • Birthday 09/04/1947

    Profile Information

    • My favorite Christmas story
      Miracle On 34th Street
    • Location
      Elizabethton, TN 37643
    • Biography
    • Interests
      Electronics, Cars, Lasers, Christmas Lights
    • Occupation
      Telephone company Tech. and doing what the wife tells me.
    • About my display
      More than I need.

    Recent Profile Visitors

    The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

    1. Want to set up ribbon tree to run sequences to say Thank You to all those working. Does anyone have Alabama's song "40 Hour Work Week" or if someone can help do one please email me at [email protected] Lets all do it!!
    2. Hello and Merry Christmas to all, it has been a while since I have been on site. Several years ago I sort of retired from doing a display due to age and other things. The last display I did at home we where up to over 600 channels and 425,000 lights along with video and of course sound support. Two years ago I donated my entire display to the Masonic Youth RV Park and Campground near Tampa, FL. It is a charitable youth campground that supports youth and other organization. Last year was a great year and the word has gotten out and we have now had several other donations of display items a
    3. how to add adictor

    4. I can understand how you feel about all the trouble, this year my wife and I took the year off and I accepted a job helping a friend in his business. Let me tell you that will never happen again. WE HAVE MISSED IT, with all the problems it still is a great joy just to see one night that goes good. Rest a few months without thinking about Christmas lights and then renew your effort. I will never take a year off again as long as my health lets keep going.
    5. Roger

      Lighted Wire?

      I would like to find some that can be put on cloths with wireless control that could be tied into the LOR control software.
    6. Ray Wa has these on his site that are DMX
    7. Check your internet options to insure the "clear internet" is not checked. If it is then it will clear all passwords and sites ever time you close explorer.
    8. Bill V is right on with being called late at night in the cold and rain and snow, when I work for a business on call or on site for there repairs and etc. the rate is $45.00 per hour with 3 hours min for call outs. I would never even think about taking over and insuring a show that has had problems before for less. You are opening a pandor's box and if you do you can forget doing anything on your own because you will not have the time. Get paid will for taking over there trouble's.
    9. Use different colored spots up in the tree, I placed 12 spots in a very large tree and it gives a very nice color to the tree and great shadows thru out the yard.
    10. As stated they are wired in a series and cutting them will make them burn out ASAP. If you can find a set of 50 that is split at the 25 count point you could use just half a set, most of these are 3.5 volt. I would look at rewiring the unit to use up the extra lights. Of course if you understand how they work you could place a resister in series with the lights but you will need to know how many lights you are cutting off and then find a resister equal to them. Main thing is you have to use up the voltage to keep the others from burning out.
    11. Looking forward to it, leaving Elizabethton (Northeast TN) around noon.
    12. We set up a tent area in the driveway to the double car doors and start bring things out to work on them, will get the tent up this week and the man who helps me will start bring things up, polls, arches, big things. We also get the strange looks from people driving by most of the neighbors know and even will come over and have coffee in the afternoons and sometimes even help. Good way to get them into it also. This year we are going to do all nine house on the street using one LOR unit per house, just the main windows and eves will get LOR'ed.
    13. Some time back I posted about using computer power supplies for RGB and LED's but can not find it. You can Google "hot to convert PC power supply" and it will give you several links and information. I converted several for RGB and they work fine, found them in junked computers.
    14. Problem found with help form Bob at Light 0 Rama, thanks Bob.
    15. I use a J pole and attach it to the top of my mega tree above the star on a 10 section of light conduct, here is a link to show you how to build and cut. http://www.hamuniverse.com/jpole.html
    • Create New...