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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 jstein

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  • Birthday 03/07/1990

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    Deer Park, TX
  • Biography
    Love working with children! Thats why I love working in the recreation field.
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    Recreation Leader
  • About my display
    32 Channels and 5500 lights.

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  1. jstein

    Ramsey FM Stereo Transmitter FM30B

    Time Left: 2 months and 11 days

    • For Sale
    • Used

    Assembled and used for a couple years only a Ramsey Digital FM Stereo Transmitter. Model is FM30B. I do not have the power supply for it but it uses a 13.8-16VDC power adapter. It get's great range, I powered it all the way up and was getting about 3/4 of a mile! Before turning it back down of course I paid somewhere around $200 for it new assembled since it can't ship to the US assembled. Here is some additional info on it: https://sourcefmtransmitter.com/shop/ramsey-fm30b-fm-transmitter/


  2. I am selling an unused Minleon Triklit Tree. I do not have the means to ship the framing but I am selling the lights and controller. http://creativedisplays.com/MINLEON-TRIKLIT-TREE-10TRIKLITETREE.htm Since I have no way to ship the frame I am looking for $2,000 shipped. Originally was $3,500 during a sale. Similar to the LOR CCR's.
  3. jstein

    CO2 Jets

    This is certainly interesting, and good point, how long would the tank last?
  4. jstein

    Houston displays

    which part of houston are you looking for?
  5. jstein

    has anyone used light show pro?

    hmm im a LOR user and unfortunately I haven't studied AL much...guess I ought to one day. Although I may nt use AL, it is always good to know different things to help others out.
  6. jstein

    has anyone used light show pro?

    You can import the sequences, make changes, even use their software to run the show, or you can simply convert it back to its original format with the changes you have made, but you will loose Wii functionality if you do that. You must run LSP for interactive items like the Wii. Check out their forums and ask questions away! Someone will always chime in or they check the forums pretty often too and have made several updates and included MANY new features since it was first released.
  7. jstein

    has anyone used light show pro?

    Download it and see for yourself how you like it! It has many great features that have made programming easier!
  8. jstein

    Light Beam

    You know I something exactly like that crossed my mind. Its worth a shot I think a friend of mine has one that I would be able to test before I go and buy one.
  9. jstein

    Light Beam

    Well I will deffinately check it out. Although I don't NEED a light near that bright, I guess I just more want the effect. I know there is a club about 2 miles from my house that has a searchlight on top of their building that is on every single night spinning.
  10. jstein

    Light Beam

    Something exactly like that is what I am looking for! Now to just find one and save money for it or find something similar. The cost of those things is amazing.
  11. jstein

    Light Beam

    See ya'll think the same as I do in the end. It is probably a searchlight. The neighborhood it is in it would not hurt them at all to outright purchase one.
  12. jstein

    Light Beam

    I did a search to see if anyone has talked about this before but I didn't find anything. Last year at someones display in my area I saw in their backyard there was a beam of light that you could see shinning into the sky. I would say the beam was about 6in from what I could tell and it shot straight up about 200 feet till it was no longer visible. Does anyone have any ideas on how to achieve an effect like this?
  13. jstein

    The new Mega Tree has arrived!!!

    Congrats on your find! How high are you planning on extending it to?
  14. jstein

    CDI pre order update

    Got my order yesterday and everything looked great!!!
  15. jstein

    CDI pre order update

    Sounds great! Can't wait!