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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.

Fred M

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  1. Fred M

    Chasing LED iciles?

    I saw them in K-Mart this weekend
  2. I have the Same transmitter, set it on the window sill and pushed the antenna out through the screen. I let the wire hang straight down and get reception to the end of the block, about 800 feet. It has a loud hum plugged in the wall but works perfect with the batteries. I would keep it a few feet from your computer and power cords. Maybe try a different radio station.
  3. I agree with THurrle, Light O Rama is the way to go. You can download the free version and get to know it, do some sequences and practice the different effects When you buy the controllers and software you can use those sequences in your show. I did that at the beginning of the year and did 20 songs for my first show. Their web site has all the info you need to get started. Look on you tube for ideas, and decide how many channels you can afford. They have sales for their different packages at the beginning of the year and again in July. I started with the 32 channel package then added another controller this year. Start early and ask all the questions you want on here. Everyone is very helpful here. Fred
  4. You can also buy extension cords with the GFCI built in
  5. You could probably use copper elbows and tees. They come in small sizes like that
  6. Thanks guys, I called LOR at 10 this morning and they confirmed what you said Dennis and Jhunt. I had to upgrade to basic plus, really simple, they do it all for you. It only costs 20 dollars for the upgrade ( have your credit card ready ). I tried the show a few minutes ago and it all works fine. Thanks again for all your help. Fred M
  7. Thanks Dstevens, I did that first. Everything seems to be correct in the sequences. This really has me confused. one third of my show isn't running. Today (mon.) i will try to call LOR to see if I can get support. I'll keep you informed.
  8. Channels are in order from 1 to 48. Do you need to upgrade software to add a new controller? I bought the first 2 as a package with everything included
  9. I think I configured them. On the hardware utility at the bottom I clicked on the configure button and it didn't show any controllers. I refreshed and it listed all three. Tried the show tonight but the new (3rd) controller still isn't working. In the test mode it seems to work fine, at least when I tested the lights they came on. That shows that the computer know they're there. I'm using windows 7 if that helps. When i bought the new controller I reprogramed all my songs over so I don't know if I did anything there. Any Help out there?
  10. I added a new controller this year but it's not turning on the lights. I refreshed the hardware utility and it shows up in the drop down menu. I started the show tonight but the 2 arches used on that controller are not working. Everything else works fine. The controllers are numbered 1, 2, and the new one is 3. I tested both arches before I plugged them in. Anybody have any ideas?
  11. Shouldn't it hit 00:00 at midnight the 24th ?
  12. Yea, I enabled and turned on control lights. Thanks Denis Thanks Fred
  13. Your right Chuck, I am having trouble finding the actual sequences. The show editor window shows everything. I put all sequences from a back up disc in my new computer, my xp computer crashed and now I have windows 7. Everything works fine in the sequence editor so they are in here somewhere. I just can't find it listed like the LOR support tutorial shows it. Got any ideas? Thanks Fred
  14. I added all the Sequences to the show editor, saved the file and set it up in the scedule editor. Nothing happened. When I look at the size of the file it is less than half of the kb of the one on my sequence editor even though that's the one I added. All the sequences are over 50 mb and the show has less than 1 mb. I also tried 1 sequence with the simple show builder and nothing happened. Help Fred
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