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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.

dmagelssen

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About dmagelssen

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  • Birthday 10/06/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    anacortes wa. skagit county
  • Biography
    married, sober and very happy
  • Interests
    lightorama and old cars and music
  • Occupation
    millwright
  • About my display
    28000 light bulbs, 2500 feet wire, 32 channels, 16 channels in a 70 foot tree, 19 songs

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  1. Thanks ----over the top this year LOL these strobes suck had to throw away 20 of them thisyear (water in them)http://www.christmaslightshow.com/mini-strobe-light.html these are GREAT no problems http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/890/C-9-Incandescent-Strobe-Clear/ Merry Christmas ----how long till you take yours down ---we got to get down there !!!!!
  2. dmagelssen

    4th of july

    Thanks for the complement Chuck ....
  3. Well - its time to get started on this years (2012) display as I will be adding five 6 point awesome cosmic color ribbon STARS (each one is 5 foot wide) above the awesome arches and and a new lightorama product for this year on the eve of the house, cosmic color bulbs. I am also going to upgrage the lights in the big tree to Light Emiting Diodes (led's) as that will make it 2 times brighter and I will be adding more strobe lights.The add ons will be 1,050 more channels to program in the software this year for a total of 1,982 channels!!(I guess I better get busy --LOL) I will also be adding some new songs
  4. This sequence is from my 2011 Light-o-rama show. 80 channels and approximately 25,000 lights. The circle/flower pattern is from an original idea of mine where with a simple geometric pattern I could make multiple shapes to animate. The sequence was written with S2 and involved making around 10 tracks for programming specific shapes. I am a musical instrument repairman by trade and this tune is from a trombone player I have done repair work for. When I first heard this song I knew I had to program it. Rock and roll has got nothing on some of these old big band numbers. Roy gave me permission to use this tune and he also provided me with the original chart from the recording session. With the aid of this chart, I have done as many other sequencers have done by (at different times during the sequence) assigning certain channels to specific instruments.
  5. Merry Christmas !!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anacortes-Cool-Lights/302465186450431
  6. http://www.komonews.com/weather/lights/other/Anacortes----8232-SR-20-135049428.html WOW ---THIS IS COOL
  7. Still have 6 songs to sequence for arches to day .....total of 18....and new intro and make a face book like page ......sheese
  8. okay .....up and running 5 o'clock friday, today.... yahoo
  9. On schedule !!!!!! got the 6 - ccr arches built (11 foot by 6 foot high)---revamped big star on roof---man lift reserved for weekend of Nov 18(hope it does not rain)--- new star for tree---- made pully system to pull lights and the 50 new strobes up to top of tree(no more dumping $$$$ on a man lift every year) an going to leave the 6 channel star up in tree year round (like a redneck house with lights year around) ha ha--- got a better transmitter ---behind on sequencing the CCRs for 20 or so songs with the new "superstar software" I plan for Dec 1 to be up and running THIS YEARS DISPLAY WILL BE AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!! were going to TSO concert in Seattle on the 26 should be a good show
  10. I want to share a little something about my obsession with Christmas Lights. It all started when I was 13 years old and we lived in Shelton,I had a Seattle P.I. morning paper route with 60 or so customers, the Christmas papers were like 3 inches thick with sale flyers so one of my friends helped me with the route and the man that delevered the huge 14 "HUGE" bundles of papers at 1 A.M. loaned me another paper bag for my friend to use. so we hustled and got all the papers delivered by 4 A.M. thats when me and my friend got into some mischief and started to steal christmas lights from yards(why we were doing that I still to this day am not sure why) -----we had 2 paper bags stuffed with lights (front pouch and back pouch hold a lot!) when we got caught by the cops the next day. we had been bragging to our friends about what we did and someone told thier dad . BIG TROUBLE----we had to go door to door and tell the people how sorry we were about what we had done ------we got 1/2 way done and were out of lights to return to all the victims of our terrible crime, as people were taking more lights from the big boxes of lights than we took from there yards and so my dad had the rest of the victims of this terrible crime write down what they had lost and I had to buy like $250.00 + lights to replace the rest and I got fired from my route and was grounded for 6 months. The route manager put me to work in his garage stuffing flyers in sunday papers. so I learned my lesson big time ---so if you or your neighbors are missing lights it might be the paper boy---------
  11. O YAH-------THE SONG THAT MADE LIGHTORAMA FAMOUS --WISH I HAD A VIDEO OF MY SEQUENCE
  12. Here is the one that I made ---has 5, 4 foot Florescent lights -works good for where I live, as the cars are wizzing by at 50+ MPH
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