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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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  • Location
    Hobbs, New Mexico, USA
  • Interests
    Raising Exotic Animals & Christmas Lights!!!
  • Occupation
    Business Owner
  • About my display
    Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to find out more information about The House Of Lights, you can check out our website at www.HallumsHouseOfLights.com. In 2008 we are going to have 224 channels controlled with LOR. The installation of the lights began the end of September. In 2008, we are going to have a little over 155,000 lights in clear, red, and green. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to visiting with you.

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  1. Hello all your NY PC Members. I will be flying to NYC on Thursday with my wife to celebrate New Years Eve in Time Square. I have read about the Dyker Heights lights and I wanted to swing by on Dec 30th. Are there any PC members living in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, NY? I would like to get a little more information about the best place to go etc.... Hope to meet some other PC members.. Merry Christmas. Matt
  2. Hey Everyone, I have a question. Where are you guys getting the Illuminations Epcot version? I have check Walmart.com an Itunes. An I looking in the wrong place? Thanks.
  3. I had a similar problem to this a couple years ago. I purchased some line conditioners and they really helped. They are pretty cheap and I placed them on the power cord to my computer as well as the power cord to my transmitter. Might be something you want to consider.
  4. I have never used blue lights, but I have the same problem with my red and green bulbs. I purchased about 6000 of the red plastic caps this year. I have them all in my display. Some of the plastic caps have been in the display for three years and they are still looking great. The funny thing is I could have spent alot less and just purchased new lights but I use the caps on my wire trees & window frames. Places that it is a pain to replace the entire set of lights. Hope this helps..... Matt
  5. Hey Everyone, I was contacted by my city to warp over 200 trees in lights. They are wanting commercial grade lights, but mentioned something about the strands where you can actually remove several of the lights from the strand and the remaining bulbs will stay lit. I think they might be called StayLit bulbs? I have only found the StayLit bulbs in pre-lit christmas trees. Does anyone know where I can purchase 100 ct mini light stands like this? Thanks in advance and have a great day. Matt
  6. Hey Tim, Yep, the plans this year do include wrapping all the trees with red, green, and clear lights. I will probably be doing that next weekend or the following weekend. I rent a lift and pick it up on Friday afternoon. I start installing lights Friday night, all day Sat and Sunday and usually finish Sunday night..... I try and put if off as long as possible to keep the squirrels from eating the wires. The only problem is I have to get the trees done early because I drive the lift around in the yard. Once I have the trees completed I can then set up the rest of the display pieces that go in and around the yard. This year will be pretty much just like the 2008 display. Maybe a few more songs. I really need up upgrade my power if I am going to add many more lights. Good to hear from you. I always enjoy hanging around here, life just gets so busy.... Have a great weekend... Matt
  7. We are back with a Computerized display this year. Have been testing things in storage and getting everything ready to install. I would normally have already started but I am not adding much new stuff this year, so everything is pretty much build and just needs set into place. Will start actually hanging lights next weekend. It will be here before we know it....
  8. How is everyone doing around here? Well, after no computerized display last year, IT IS BACK this year!!! Most of you are aware of the traffic and neighbor issues I had in the past. We are excited about the display this year, but also trying to go about things a little different. Be proactive.... How many of you have hired or checked into hiring an off-duty police officer or a security guard to help direct traffic etc... for the computerized display? My police dept. does have a program where you can hire an off-duty officer, but its $37.00 per hour with a two officer minimum. So we would be looking at almost $6000.00 for the month of December. I don't think so.... I called a local security company and talked to the owner about having an security guard out front during the show to keep people from blocking driveways, make sure people are not in the neighbors yards, etc... I normally turn the display on Thanksgiving Night, but would probably delay the start up until December 1st and run the display through Dec 26th. I would have an security guard out from 5:30 til 9:00 each night from December 1st through the 26th. I was giving a quote of $87.50 per might which comes out to $25.00 an hour. I didn't think this was tooooo bad?? That would be a total of $2100.00 for security during the month of December. We do accept donations for our local Boys & Girls club. I give the display to the public as a gift. I don't feel right about asking for donations to cover the security even though the public IS THE reason I am having to hire them in the first place. LOL Do you guys think I am crazy? With our display being featured in RedBook Magazine this year, I don' t know what extra traffic that might generate. In the past I have gotten stressed out while the display is running, just wondering about all the traffic and hoping the neighbors can make it to their houses etc... I feel if I have the security guard out front during all the show hours, it will take the load off of me and I will be able to enjoy the display rather than worry about all the traffic. Any ideas? Suggestions? I knew this would be the place to come. Hope everything is getting all the plans together and I know many of you have already started putting up your display. Matt
  9. Thanks for your replies. I have plans for next years display. The Computerized display will be back and larger than last year. I had better get to work on the display. I wan to work on some animation and animatronics.
  10. I have done some projects with motors, but this year I am really hoping to go big with animation and motors. In the past I have used DC Gear motors from Granger. You can purchase different motors with different RPM's for whatever project you are working on. They will also handle pretty much any weight you need. I have used about 5 of these gear motors and I have been very happy with them. You might be spending $25 to $75 depending on the gear motors. I know many of the commercial animated display makers us the gear motors as well. Hope this helps. Have a Happy New Year!!! Matt
  11. Hey Everyone, Thanks for you interest. I am sorry, but I have not been around PC as much as I would like. I am hoping to get back on here and more involved. This year I have a display, its just not computerized. I decided not to go computerized for a few reasons. Due to my very busy work schedule this year, I did not have time to start putting up the display in September. In my free time I have been working on next years display. Next year is going to be better than last year and I have been working on those plans. I have been talking to one of my neighbors and I will be Synchronizing his house next year as well. It will be both of our houses right next to eachother. We is currently working on adding power to his house. That is going to be amazing. I also wanted to give the neighborhood a break. Last year was pretty crazy with the traffic and most of you are aware of the problems with one of my neighbors. Those are the reasons I did not have a computerized display this year. My display this year consists of about 100,000 lights and they are all clear. I knew people would be disappointed because the display was not computerized, but I had no idea what the display really meant to people. We have been getting phone calls, emails, and people stopping by the house every day letting us know how they miss the lights and how much they wanted to thank us for the display. We have also been getting letters to the editor of our new paper in regards to the display. Their are rumors going around that the city shut the display down, but those rumors are false. We actually have a story coming out in our news paper tomorrow regarding the display this year and what to expect for next year. I will be updating my website soon with photos from this year. I have been watching everyone's videos from this year and everyone is doing a great job. Keep up the good work and I hope to be around this great place a little more in the future. Have a Merry Christmas!!!! Matt Hallum
  12. They do have some great songs for use in a Christmas Display. I used several of there songs last year and everyone really enjoyed them. The songs bring something a little different to the table. Have a good one. Matt
  13. Sounds good. Thanks for letting me know. I am glad they arrives and I was able to help. Have a good weekend... Matt Hallum
  14. Thanks Streetrodder, I really appreciate it. I have been helped by others on PC and it is only right to return the favor whenever I can help. I had a member ship me over 300 boxes of red minis last year. If it were not for that, my display would have not been complete this last year. We do have a great group of folks on here. Have a great week... Matt
  15. Just wanted to let you know that youtube killed some of your videos :( I'm just waiting for them to kill mine one of these days. sigh Love your videos though, very cool, and I love the christian theme.

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