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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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  1. Expo is 3 days of non-stop classes, presented in easy 1-hour sessions. But if you're looking for more in-depth instruction, consider attending our 1 and 2-full day pre-show workshops. Light-O-Rama (LOR) Immersion (2-day) July 16-17, 2019 Learn how to use Light-O-Rama software and equipment to animate your display from hardware to show design, software and programming design and techniques. Drew Hickman from Holiday Technologies presents this workshop. https://www.christmasexpo.com/light-o-rama-2-day-workshop/ Spotlight on RGB (1-day) July 15, 2019 Are you new to RGB lighting or confused about all the options, configurations and terminology? Drew Hickman from Holiday Technologies is teaching this popular workshop that will provide a balanced approach to the wide range of available RGB technologies (independent of brand or manufacturer). https://www.christmasexpo.com/spotlight-rgb-1-day-workshop/ xLights Immersion (2-day) July 16-17, 2019 Join in this unique and exclusive opportunity to spend 2 uninterrupted days learning xLights from the ground up from developers, Sean Meighan and Keith Westley. https://www.christmasexpo.com/xlights-2-day-pre-show-works…/ See you at the Expo! Janice
  2. Hello all! I had a display with 128 channels on my old house. When I sold the house, the new buyers really wanted my LOR setup so I used it as a bargaining tool. So now I am starting over. I am looking for ideas on how to make the most of a single 16 channel LOR controller. I am open to moving to DMX, rgb, smart pixels - you name it.
  3. Hey Everyone, I'm getting started with some sequencing and mapping and all things Christmas Lights, and found some 27 Channel RGB Controllers in my garage. Some of them are new in box. Anyone interested in making an offer ? They go for 28 bucks on one of the Holiday Sites. I'll ship to California for free, anywhere else, you can pay for what ever shipping speed you want. No crazy low ball numbers like 5 dollars please.
  4. Can you program the special effects I see in dumb RGB strings with the lastest version of LOR's software?
  5. OK - I have been looking on youtube for displays with different lights. I have a little delima with the family. We want to see the different types of lights at night so we can determine what type of lights we want to use. Inca lights are out of the question. We are looking at smart RGB lights but don't know if we want to do the nodes so we have the lights spaced out or go with strips with some sort of diffuser on it. So if anyone could point me to some displays or comparison pictures, I would be greatly thankful.
  6. My First Year doing Pixel Lights and this is the Mega Tree still figuring how to take in a distance shot and get the details in the Mega Tree with out the light bloom. Ho, Ho, Hoey's Mr Grinch is the song playing.
  7. My First Year doing Pixel Lights
  8. Hi, this is Anna from CA. I put a 10-ft tree in the living room. I would like to decorate it by the colorful lights. Any recommendations? I do not want to use the weary, monotonic bulbs. Thanks!! My tree last year
  9. WILLING TO PAY FOR HELP I am looking to get into RGB Pixels this year after using LOR last season. My plan is to outline my house, windows, mega tree, and 3-4 arches. I want to use the ribbon lights for the outline. I know the sequencing is going to be very time consuming so learning the startup and basics of Xlights is where I need help so I can focus most of my time on sequencing. I know there is a lot of videos on youtube, which I found a lot are tutorials from older software versions which leaves me a bit lost at times. Digging through the forum can be a bit time consuming as well and info is all over the place. I am willing to pay an experienced person to help me get going on Xlights. I would be willing to pay an hourly rate or a flat rate. Name your price if you are willing to help for some cash.
  10. Installed WS2811 C9 RGB lights on my house this year. Controlled with a Raspberry Pi and a Pixlite 4 controller. Sequences done with Xlights and Falcon Player
  11. hotrod1965

    RGB Fun

    Installed WS2811 C9 RGB lights on my house this year. Controlled with a Raspberry Pi and a Pixlite 4 controller. Sequences done with Xlights and Falcon Player.
  12. Hi all; I thought i posted a thread here on the new tool i am building, i guess not. I am developing a tool to create math models as the source and project it onto target RGB models. These could be mega-trees, matrix panels, and other RGB displays. The tool is web based and will export data for LOR, Vixen and LSP (when i am done). You can see the tool here http://meighan.net/seqbuilder/index.php What makes this tool work is that i find out where every pixel you have exists in x,y,z space. In order to do that , i need to give you the ability to model your trees. I have a new release of code that will build the target models http://meighan.net/seqbuilder/main_login.php Please give any feedback on if this looks like it will cover your megatree. I have imported 1800 names from DLA and 1000 names from LOR and seeded the database. I dont have email or passwords, just the login names seen in the member list. If you do not find your login you can send me a PM OR you can use 'guest' password 'welcome1' to just play with the from. All accounts currently have the password "welcome1". So here is what i plan. This page has a mysql db backend. I expect you to be able to describe your tree with the prompts i currently have. After you save the form , your tree will be saved under your name. Some caveats. 1) The actual target models wont show up for you yet. 2) You cannot edit the model after you save it. Edit capability will come next week 3) I will export the models each day so that i can reload them as i am changing the database DDL. In other words, you wont lose what you enter. I really dont think it will be that big of a deal since i think you can describe your tree in less than 60 seconds using this form. I will be adding the ability to have other topographies. One that i saw on Madrix is what they call the snake. This means you could go up and down 5 times , for example. I will add that later, I think i cover what most of you do. I have prototyped scrolling text on the source cone, so that will be coming out after i get the xml files out. I needed this model to continue my tests. If someone is able to put their tree in matching your actual tree, please let me know. Ill use those in my testing cases. thanks sean
  13. Hey folks, I'm trying to find good sources for DMX RGB lights that will work for a water show I am planning. Naturally I would prefer these to be submersible Thanks!
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