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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When i was around 3 years old and my father would take me up and down our crowded street to look at all the christmas lights.
  • Location
    san leandro california
  • Biography
    16 years old that only really started my big display last year.
  • Interests
    Baseball and sports
  • Occupation
    Go to school
  • About my display
    Not very big but is somewhat impressive for my age. Hoping to improve.

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  1. Hello everyone! Iam currently about to buy this light bulb for my display to create a sharp beam, but the base is not the kind of weatherproof base that I own, so I need an adapter!! But I cannot seem to find any :(. Does anyone know where I can get an adapter for this bulb into a e26 medium base fixure... Thank you!!! (below is the light I want) https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/2616/STAG-FFNGE.html
  2. Hello, just a simple question, where would be the best place to order 30/30 or 60/60 pixel strips from? I'm looking at holiday coro but they seem far over priced, just wondering if anyone would happen to know some links. Thanks!!
  3. yes I did try and he did not give me the information that I asked. sadly
  4. well as all of that makes sense, my property is very small and would not require as many pixels. which I'm hoping would help.
  5. Okay so, I am creating this light show for halloween and christmas and have been riding with just flat led's, no rgb or anything, but I would like to use some this year. I saw Tom Betgeorge's layout and I noticed that he doesn't use individual nodes to outline his house. Instead he uses some kind of ribboning. (possibly LOR's color ribbon or some strips) but after searching for many other videos, the rgb ribbons all have lights that are too far spaced out and doesnt look right. If anyone can please reach back to me on what kind of lights he uses (ribbons and or pixels) then that would be great. I will leave a video to his display so you can see the outline of his house and how much light comes off the strings. As for his mega tree, i believe he is using nodes but you can correct me if Im wrong.
  6. registered? what exactly do i register for?
  7. No a beam of light without fog. As most moving heads need fog to clearly show to beam.
  8. gotcha, thank you so much. As to my other two questions of which wattage would create a beam without fog would be great. Thanks again to both of you guys.
  9. So would the moving heads be considered lasers is what your saying?
  10. The same question i asked Big J, do you know where the requirements would be located on the faa website? maybe link?
  11. Do you know exactly where i need to go to get one? Do you think maybe like a 60 or 70 watt light would need a license?
  12. Hey all! Im new to this site but it looks like a great place to get information about christmas light help. First, I would like to purchase some moving head lights. The only thing is that 1, I do not know what brand is best, what brand is the cheapest, and what wattage would be good to set a decent beam into the air. Now, I live in san leandro, Ca so i have a few airports around me but if i manage to keep them out of the paths of the planes or possibly the wattage low enough, then I should be fine. But overall i just dont know where i can buy very very chep heads along with domes for them to keep them safe. Any answers will help. Thanks! (If the orders can possibly come in bulk like 4 or 5 lights in one shipment that that would be great too) Thanks all again! -Gordon
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