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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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About ChristmasKitten

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  • Birthday 03/14/2003

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The night before Christmas...
  • Location
    Marshalltown IA
  • Biography
    I listen to Christmas music all year round
  • Interests
    Christmas, Model Trains, and Lego
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    32 channels and 3rd year going strong

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  1. Light-O-Rama software is not available for Macs, I don't use Mac as I don't like the interface and I don't really like apple as a company and this is why.
  2. There isn't much activity most of the year, even when it picks up in November/December it still isn't much.
  3. Here is the link Signatures After generating your code, go to account settings, then signature and paste your code there. Hope this helped!
  4. I learned from John Storms (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9O-KiysA0) and used that to start programming. I don't use all the things that he uses, but the general idea of breaking apart a song is something that I couldn't sequence without.
  5. Make a simple chase sequence that repeats, that should do well for testing
  6. One way to maximize channels is to mirror them, say 6 minitrees, 2 bushes, and an 8 channel firestick on both sides (both firesticks using identical channels). That example is what I did my first year: https://youtu.be/Cfi3zKP-Ek0
  7. This isn't mine, but I think it deserves some attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liTV_RYl-Ag
  8. I agree with both @Aputernut and @The Inflatable King Of Ohio. I like traditional displays with nativities, as well as the ones with lots of inflatables and blow molds. The only ones I don't like are the ones were the inflatables and blow molds are so dense you can't tell one from another.
  9. Finally got a video of my display. Hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06S-LB6bon8
  10. I had a news interviewer think that the display was synchronized on the spot to a real station. They also said in their press-release that I designed my software. (LOR) He was mightily confused. Ohh... silly people.
  11. UPDATE: After 2 replaced fuses, much troubleshooting, and a thorough inspection; It now works. Cause ended up being a flood light that broke while in a fixture, shorting it out.
  12. Came home at 6:00 pm only to discover that the right-hand fuse in one of my two CTBPC16g3's had blown. This happened to be the critical part of our display, as it runs the Tune-To sign and charity box. Any suggestions to find the problem would be greatly appreciated.
  13. @Big J Illinois You should rename this topic Pics of Everyone's Display Progress
  14. As for your mega-tree idea, I would do 1 with 16 sections, and the other mirrored to the first. This is what I do with my 2 eight-channel firesticks and they look great.
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