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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.

SoonerChris

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About SoonerChris

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  • Birthday 02/24/1977

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Putting up lights with my family.
  • Location
    Oklahoma
  • Biography
    Avid golfer, Christmas lover, father, and husband.
  • Interests
    Golf, Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Quality Assurance Analyst
  • About my display
    Not big enough!

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  1. I know it's late in the season, but does anyone have a resource for icicle lights in warm white with green wires?
  2. Thanks. I'm just trying to understand if I would be able to get it done for this year. I really don't want to wait another year to get going with LOR. The Gemmy just isn't cutting it anymore.
  3. So I already have all of my lights up being controller by a Gemmy Lights and Sounds. As well, have an FM transmitter with a laptop and a Spotify playlist. If I were to purchase a 16 channel LOR and some preprogrammed sequences, what would the setup time look like switching to the LOR? I really am planning on going big next year but I'm not the happiest with the Gemmy using the AUX connection and the Spotify playlist.
  4. I'm in the same boat as you. Right now I'm using a Gemmy Lights and Sounds with an FM transmitter and a laptop for the playlist. I'm thinking I'm going to start planning for next year in late January and pickup a PT LOR 16 channel for next year.
  5. What time would I have to order by for same day shipping?
  6. Yep, aware of the extra that need to be purchased. As well, since I'm a little short on time, going to go with "ready-to-go" sequences. What's the normal amount of sequences (songs) people here go with?
  7. Both say in stock and ship in 1-3 days. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. If you were going to buy one of these today for use this year, who would you buy from? WowLights.com or lightorama.com? Can someone point me to some tutorials for setup, etc?
  9. So I only have access to Walmart or Home Depot or online and I'm going to do 5 mini trees this year. What do you suggest I use for lights? FWIW, All other lights are LED.
  10. That's what I have read and I am not a solderer. Stock up on lights I guess.
  11. This will be the first year decorating my new house. Will only have about 1,600 lights this year. Should I (a) buy a 16 channel LOR this year or ( spend that money on more lights and go with the LOR next year?
  12. Thanks. Really didn't want to spend the money on LED but I need to connect 6 - 7 strings together.
  13. So I moved into a new house in January 2011 and of course I have waited until the last minute to start planning for this year. Although I am looking to increase the size of my display each year and eventually add a LOR controller I have to start small. I need guidance on where I should purchase lights. The first thing I plan on doing is icicle lights on the front of the house. It's about a 90' span so I need quite a few lights. Where and what should I be buying? I'm planning on going incandescent, can't afford LED at this time. I found these lights at K-Mart online. What are your thoughts? As well, any direction would be helpful. http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_009W668212110004P?prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=G4
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