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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 Lyman Rate

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  • Birthday 03/07/1982

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    http://www.lightenupexperience.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Childs Christmas in Wales
  • Location
    Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Biography
    I am alive and feeling good about it!
  • Interests
    Decorating, thrill seeking (skydiving, thrill rides, bungee jumping) and doing what I can to succeed in life
  • Occupation
    Christmas Fanatic
  • About my display
    well I don't have one at the moment but hope to remedy that soon!!!

    I do custom sequencing using LOR software and have been doing this now for 3 yrs going on my fourth year!

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  1. Scott send me a message and I'll try to help ya out.
  2. I am good for whenever - I've been in the planning mode since mid December last year and have finalized my display layout and am in the process of getting everything ordered.
  3. It's always possible if you are willing to learn and do your best. The only person who knows if something isn't perfect will be you. We might catch it but eh that happens too ! If you are ever up in the Hutchinson area, do let me know. I can show you what I have and how I do it. I've done programming for a few years now and really going to dive into new fun things next year.
  4. Welcome and i can only say have fun. This is not ment to be a competition, a race to who has the most or best, or anything. It's to enjoy the lights and to make others smile. We have a small gathering of like minded people in Wichita every summer and we talk about the good things from the year before, the not so good things and then the down right ugly things. We do this so we can help each other and learn from others experiences. We talk about ideas we have that we might be getting stumped on and collaborate with the others and they might have suggestions on how to finish the project. You have found something that can truly be fun but you must not let yourself fall into the it's more work than fun category. If you aren't happy doing it then don't. The hours planning, prepping, planning some more, building, sequencing, setting up, straightening out, fixing as you go make for many headaches and frustration. But when you see the smiles on kids and adults' faces alike and thank you's, everything you endured to that point seems to fade away. Christmas is magical and we make it even more so with setting lights to music which to a small child is as magical as Santa. Always around to talk as I do breath Christmas every day of the year. Lyman
  5. Have been working on next year for the past week. Really has been the first time to actually think about anything so it was on the 2013 display. I'm switching everything to RGB elements and am working to find everything and get it all priced and then work on making sure I have everything and no surprises. Then next step is building it all and getting the sequencing done. Will be fun!
  6. would love to see some of the guys from the Wichita area going to this. I know Mel is going but could we get a list of who all has registered?
  7. I moved into the house I live in now at the beginning of January so the good neighbors around me have no clue of what will happen this Christmas! Now in the past I have written a note to neighbors telling them of what I do, what to expect in regards to traffic and if they have any questions comments or concerns to contact me. I'm not sure if I want to do this again or not. How do any of you work with neighbors to keep the peace and make it where they too can enjoy the display along with you?
  8. Sorry but I have to work - our District Manager is coming by with some other important people from the corporate office so all Management must be there at 11. Wish I could have made it. Have fun without me!
  9. Ok both guys from hutch won't be able to make it, and looks like there is a small chance I won't be able to make it myself due to something happening at work. I will know last minute if I will be able to make it down.
  10. The 2 guys I have indeed told. One will not be able to make as he has is lawn care business and he is already hard at work with all the lawns and how early things have taken off. The other guy just don't know. I will talk and see what he thinks. He might be moving and downsizing so not sure what will come of that. But I'll let them both know again tomorrow
  11. Well the 7th won't work for me. She will be out of town that weekend so I guess ya'll will have to have fun without me. And she just called me and said that it worked better if she had Sunday off and I could have Saturday. Crazy! So I'm in for the 7th!
  12. For some reason it double posted my comment so I deleted this one..... sorry
  13. Mark -Everyone one of us was new to this at some point and we welcome you and your brother with open arms and are glad you are part of the decorating community! We all learn as we go and most of us will be able to help you with how not to do something, ways to do something easier, better, and the nice thing about the small group that we usually have come to Steve's house is a mix of Animated Lighting and LOR guys. So plenty of info for both and I am more than willing to help with any thoughts. I will bring over my donation container that I've been working on and some of my drawings for one of my ideas for this years display. I still don't know if I will do it, but the thought is still there and on the fringe of being a reality for the 2012 display. I will go in and request that day off. I will just tell the other manager that it's important. She'll work with me on that!
  14. I will ask the other manager about the 7th - I don't personally see a problem but she might be doing something regarding her family party they have in May.
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