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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 JerryB.

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  • Birthday 07/21/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My son catching Santa on video Christmas eve when he was 9
  • Location
    Granada Hills, Ca
  • Biography
    An average guy doing average things
  • Interests
    Christmas lights, computer work.
  • Occupation
    Plant Manager
  • About my display
    304 channels, over 60,000 lights, 90% are LED,

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  1. I made mine out of 2"x12" cut to the height so the plug do not touch the ground. Mounted the boxes on the 2x12 then used conduit driven into the ground and conduit U brackets to slide over the onto conduit. 2x10 also works.
  2. Dave H, Mine were the square and I think water was my problem 3 weeks in, but not in the beginning, they were just bad pixels. After the rain I cut pixles out that stayed light on white or caused the other to randomly flash and the ones that just stayed on in blue cleared themselves up after a couple days. Sysco, I think having off every few sequences is a good idea, thanks
  3. I made a 24 strand 50 per strand ws2811 pixel tree. My main reason for doing this was so I could incorporate images into the display that highlighted various parts of the different songs, i.e. a gingerbread man, Santa, manger, Menorah, etc. I did spirals, snowfall and other effects as well. I always wanted to do something like Danny DeVito's character had and this was a close as I was going to get. For me what worked is kind of what didn't work and that was the pixel tree. Not because of the bad pixels (and there were plenty of them) but because people seemed to focus on watching the pixel tree and not how the rest of the lights matched the music (or didn't match). I spent far more hours sequencing the 304 LOR channels and it almost seemed like I could just have them blink randomly and no one would have noticed. I'm only a little disenchanted it will be back next year and other RGB elements as well. My pixels were problems from the beginning and even 3 weeks into the season I had to cut out and replace pixels. Here in L.A. we only had 2 days of rain since I set them up, one day barely a drizzle and the 2nd quite a bit more but not a downpour by any means and that day I had many failures. Failure rate so far 90 bad out of 1300 and there will be more. I will say I don't necessarily blame the vendor he is just our middle man but his factory needs better QC standards. I do think if he is going to have us continue to buy from him he needs to rectify the situation. Even with my issues I was going to buy from him again but have now decided to go with one of our U.S. distributors, at least with them we can make a phone call during the day and get someone (hopefully). What I would do different? Once I figure out what elements, is add more pixels to highlight the edge of the house, roofline or something else to bring the attention away from the pixel tree and back to the entire span of display. These pixels are too darn bright and over power (attention wise) all my LED strands. Hopefully this will make the overall display better, well except for perhaps my lack of talent. :-) One tip; I found with images bringng up the contrast and taking down the brightness and intenisty made a lot of images display better. This I believe is because the pixels are so bright many colors blended into each other. I used Corel Draw to do this but (and I'm not sure why) MS Paint seemed to do a better job when reducing the pictures down to 50 pixels than Corel. They seemed crisper with paint. I also think that saving them as a .png file they looked better. Sorry to be so wordy.
  4. I have several Mickey Mouse items in mine, a Mickey driveway arch, Dancing Mickey, Mickey cutout, Mickey images on my Pixel tree, does that count? Some folks have a better flare for sequencing than others (I know mine could be better a lot of times), but al least we are trying. IMO as long as you like how they come out who cares if it's "Mickey Mousing', most folks that wacth our shows don't know the difference anyway. Now if you want real Mickey Mousing try using SuperStar on your non pixel strands. talk about not finding a beat.
  5. I found the same issues with the time lags between songs but did a couple things that helped it quite a bit. One, I ran the 4gb patch on all the LOR programs (.exe), this seemed to help. Then I set the show to have a 5 second delay between songs and also under options set Sequence Loading with sequences are loaded before they are played. Now only occasionally do I see the delay and those are mostly on the songs that are videos. With a 10 second delay between songs I almost never saw any noticeable delays but the 10 seconds of darkness bugged me so I took it down to 5.
  6. I have painted them with http://www.duplicolor.com/products/metalCast/. The colors are not as vibrant especially next to other LEDs of the same color. I've only tried to color LED which have plastic lenses, perhaps regular minis with glass lenses will work out better.
  7. Chris mentioned I have some but maybe he is specifically talking about this video where there are two smaller trees inside the bigger one. They are only a single tree but no reason you couldn't make them rotate as well.
  8. You can also download http://the-rasterbator.en.softonic.com/ which will blow up an image on multiple pages you tape together. Or go here and do it online for free http://www.blockposters.com/
  9. If you don't mind using up some paper you can also go below and have the image blown up to the size you want, then just tape together and trace with carbon paper. Best of all it's free. http://www.blockposters.com/
  10. JerryB.

    Spiral Tree

    I did 1.5 turns the last two years and this time did 2 turns. I must say I think 1.5 turns looks better. First two years I had a 7ft octagonal tree with 8 channels per 4 colors, an 100 strand 5mm from MITS folded in thirds does 1.5 wraps. This year I increased it to 9 ft., the same 100 strand 5mm from MITS folded in half goes full 2 wraps. Next year going back to 1.5 turns will have some lights left over and will send back up the turn as far as they will go.
  11. I use 8, but made 5 for my daughter's display.
  12. There is also a website that will enlarge it for free http://www.blockposters.com/ And a free program http://the-rasterbator.en.softonic.com/ I use Corel Draw which will send it to the printer as tiled. I believe the two above also do that.
  13. Winter Wonderland - Alexia Phillips
  14. JerryB.

    M-5 Leds Minis

    I believe the problem you will have is that different color bulbs draw different power. Multicolor strands are set for the power draw of all the current bulbs, red for the red, etc. Perhaps you could change a couple and it not make much difference but not sure you can change a lot. Or atleast this is what I have read before. Some have used the Dupli-color Metalcast paint to paint the bulbs, ibcluding myself. They come out okay but not nearly as good as the real colored LED
  15. HI speedyken, The sets I bought had 4 wires that were connected to the controller and one common wire. I soldered the 4 together with a fuse to one wire from the plug and then the common with a fuse to the other wire, the fuses were just the regular 3 amp fuse that comes with most mini light sets. Later I just used some mini light plugs that have the fuse in the plug so in case a fuse blew I wouldn't have to unsolder and re-solder it. As for which wire is the common it should be the one that is not connected to the SCRs in the picture. Please keep in mind I'm not recommending that you take the controllers off just letting you know I did and it is working for me. The reason why I say this is after I did remove them I read in the forum I got the instructions from you can not do that, but it was too late for me and I had already thrown out the controllers. The more electrical savvy here might have more words on this and I don't want to get scolded for telling you it's okay.
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