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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.

tkhowse

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About tkhowse

  • Rank
    Penthouse Member
  • Birthday 03/16/1987

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  • Website URL
    http://www.livonialights.com

Profile Information

  • Location
    Livonia, Michigan, USA
  • Biography
    Senior at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI USA. Pursuing a degree in Financial Management right now.
  • Interests
    Website design, Money management, Reading, Bible study, running, and of course, Christmas lights!
  • Occupation
    College Student
  • About my display
    64 channels of LOR control, 25,000+ lights for 2009. Includes a mega tree, arches, strobes, extensive use of rope light, leaping arches, a Happy Birthday Jesus sign, and more. The whole family gets involved in the setup of our display. Our display's mission is to help people to understand the meaning behind the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas.
  1. Where is your house located? I am interested in seeing your display, as well as possibly purchasing some of your lights. -Timothy
  2. I would like to thank many of you from PlanetChristmas that have given me so many good ideas for Christmas decorating. I just found out that my family's Christmas display won the Detroit Free Press decorating contest. This would not have happened without you. Thank you so much!
  3. Here are a couple of pointers: -Create a website for your display. I tell just about everyone that I know about our display & tell them to go to www.livonialights.com -Create a Facebook page & link it to your Christmas display website. If you are on Facebook, invite all your friends to join the Facebook page. This can really help you to build an "online community" around your local display. -Encourage your friends to post it on their Facebook "wall"...that's a great way to get the word out -Make sure that your website can be discovered in the search engines. When people search for Christmas lights in your area, make sure that your display is the first one that shows up. -Tell the media - if a major newspaper has a Christmas light display "directory" or "contact" page, tell them about your display. -Encourage your friends to get involved in the setup of the display. This year, we encouraged our friends from church to help setup, and they started spreading the word about the display a lot, since they had a sense of "ownership" of it -Submit your display to major Christmas lighting display directories - e.g. ChristmasLightFinder.com, TackyLightTour.com, Christmas.bronners.com, and Christmasdisplays.net. -Submit your display videos to Youtube - and put the location of your display in the description of the video. I hope these ideas help you out. We get a significant amount of traffic coming to our display because of a lot of these methods that I use in promoting the display. In one word, what it has boiled down to: marketing.
  4. tkhowse

    LED fading issue

    Thanks! I'll see if this helps solve the problem.
  5. tkhowse

    LED fading issue

    I think there are around 10 100 ct. strings connected to the LOR channel.
  6. tkhowse

    LED fading issue

    I am having trouble getting the Creative Displays 100 ct. blue full wave mini light sets to fade with LOR. I have these all hooked up to one channel - and I'm almost certain that these are the only lights hooked up to that channel. These were the exact same LEDs that were purchased in the pre-order sale after last Christmas. I'm really perplexed as to why these are not fading ... because I have tested the Creative Displays blue mini LED lights with LOR before, and they have faded just fine. Any ideas as to what might be going wrong here?
  7. 1) What kind of screws should be used to attach coroplast to metal reinforcement supports? 2) What kind of spacing works best? NOTE: This is a large outdoor cross that we're building (8' high).
  8. Excellent work, David. You really get to the heart of what constitutes a quality Christmas display through the eyes of your visitors. Thanks for sharing.
  9. If you are interested in a song that reminds children of the true meaning of Christmas, consider checking out "Happy Birthday Jesus" by Mike Douglas. It has become a favorite for children visiting our display. I have heard of several visitors telling my family that their children keep begging their parents to come see the light display just so that they can hear the song. Here's a video of it from our 2008 display: http://www.livonialights.com/happy-birthday-jesus-2008
  10. Very nice job, Steve! I think this is a great resource for people who are new to the PlanetChristmas Community.
  11. A note to the moderators: please delete this thread. An individual from PC committed to sending me the lights tha I was looking for.
  12. A note to the moderators: Please delete this thread. An individual from PlanetChristmas committed to sending me the lights that I was looking for.
  13. I have resorted to starting up our display on December 1, and shutting down on either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
  14. I am currently looking for 25 sets of Red 100 ct. minis as well as 25 of green for next year's display. Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you have some that you would like to sell or could pick up some at any of the local retail stores in your area. Price is negotiable. Thanks!
  15. How many times per second do the LED strobes normally flash? Can they fit in a normal C-9 strand?
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