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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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    www.holdman.com/christmas

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    Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA
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    Kayaking, Road Biking, Computers.
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    A little bit of this and little bit of that - Computer Stuff

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  1. What a nice surprise! I had no idea until people started contacting me.
  2. I went 4 years without it and added it last year and people love it. I even get e-mail from people that ask me "What is the name of the song that starts at 9:30 into your video?" and I have to tell them Wizards in Winter even though it is in the description. People don't listen to Christmas music or watch displays as much as we do and it is a new experience every year for people. Here is mine at 9:12 in the show
  3. It would be better to have fewer songs and really work on your sequencing. Most people are not going to sit out there for 45 mins and watch the entire show. My shows are around 10-12 mins.
  4. This was a bad year. Usually I can pick up a lot of lights from Hobby Lobby, but they did not even carry their own brand of incandescents this year. They only had the more expensive GE brand and not very many of them. The only thing I may buy this year are some more artificial trees.
  5. It was fun to watch! They contacted me a month or so ago and asked if they could use it. I had no idea that it ran last night until comments started popping up on my facebook!
  6. My white trees where bought at Home Depot back in 2005 for 75% off. I think normally they were $80 or so but was able to buy 10 for $20 each. They each came with 1000 lights which is something I have never seen since then and usually the white twig trees you see don't have as many branches and lights. I bought some at target a few years ago and they just don't look the same. I then bought red lights with white wire at wal-mart and then spent a whole day hitting about 12 Walgreens to buy green lights with white wire. The trees are starting to show their age and some of them have broken in half and I have had to use rebar to make them stand straight.
  7. Just normal light strings that you buy at wal-mart! Also getting decent video helps. Actually wal-mart is only selling muti-color incandescents this year in my area along with many other stores.
  8. Sorry Gmac. I did send you an e-mail today. It has been the most difficult year of my life with me losing my job, having a head injury that put me out for a couple months and then finding out my Dad has serious Cancer and might not be around long.
  9. What is awesome about using all the C9s is when you flip it on, it keeps you nice and warm when you are standing in front of it!
  10. Yes I am still here. I have let A LOT of e-mail stack up that I have not replied to yet. About 2 months ago I took a nasty trip fall down our stairs in the middle of the night and ended up having to go the emergency room and get scans done. For the next month I was constantly dizzy and have a hard time focusing on anything and working on the computer. Also I could not taste anything for almost a month. I am almost back to normal buy my vision on my right eye goes in and out sometimes. I will have to write up exactly what happened because there is a funny story of the next two days of me doing crazy things (so my wife tells me) and I can not remember any of it. Anyway, if anybody has sent me a message I do play on going through them, but send me another one if you want me to respond faster. [email protected] Thanks!
  11. I don't think so, but the trick is to be so over the top and crazy that it puts a smile on face of the police.
  12. Does anybody provide RGB strings where all the bulbs change at the same time and only taking 3 channels per string? I am guessing this would make it cheaper and you would not need as much hardware and the sequencing would more more manageable. Even though it would be cool to control each bulb on a megatree, I don't think I would need each bulb to be controllable on a wrapped tree.
  13. There is some awesome stuff you can do with it and bought a firefly a couple years ago when they first came out to do some testing. Currently running a full RGB Display is very expensive which I think will keep many people from doing it even if they could invest the time and the talent to do it. I am sure prices will come down which will allow more people to use it, but at $1-$2 per bulb, I doubt you will see few 50,000 light displays that are fully RGB.
  14. My previous reply was a question about someting not working on the boards but I got it working. Awesome Video! At first I watched it and thought "how could they program something this complex with LOR" and then found out about the software that is available. Every year I am blown away with what people do.
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