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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.
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Garrison

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Welcome Garrison!

If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask it's the reason we are all here to share and learn.

Good luck with your display!

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Thanks Bill! I wanted to let you know that I checked out your Web site and freaked when I saw just how many lights you have. That is truly one incredible display!

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Welcome Garrison! You'll find that this is a great resource and even greater people here!

I look forward to seeing you build your display over time. Make sure you aren't a stranger. Ask lots of questions, and post often. The flow of ideas here is great.

J.

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Thanks Jeremy! I believe it WILL take me some time to build my display. Especially after seeing some of the great things that some of the people here on PC have created.

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I thought I was the only one who started thinking about buying Christmas decorations in July in preparation of my display. It's good to be here!

Garrison

Welcome, but if you don't start thinking about buying decorations until July, you may not fit in too well around here:D!

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Hey Mike can you use songs downloaded from iTunes? Or would that cause problems since they are protected audio files?

I dont think that would work, I just buy the track I want from Napster, etc.. $.99 is a good deal for me to get one song. Its best to use the MP3 that a song was sequenced with because it keeps the timing perfect.

A couple of items about buying from Itunes.

A) they are protected, and unless you know how to "unprotect" them you cannot use them. Thus unprotecting them could cross that infringement of copywrited material laws( garbage)..So go there at your own risk.

B) you are still at the mercy of who ever ripped it as far as quality. I originally downloaded mine from Itunes. I found most of items were muddy sounding, especially after listening to them a gazillion times for sequencing. To me they were so bad on the Vince Guaraldi pieces ( Charle brown music), I couldnt tell what was going on..

I ended up buying the CD from Amazon . Yes it cost me about $10 bucks for the CD, but I ripped them myself. They made a night and day difference in how crisp the sound quality was. I ended up ordering all my music on CD's from Amazon and applied it to all my current sequences!

I cannot comment on Napster as i have never used that service.

To many the overall sound quality issue doesnt mean anything since many are transmitting over LPFM, but to me it does. It might be the smallest of details, but small details make all the difference.

William

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Hello im new to this forum i really like this site cause of all the christmas information and all the christmas ideas so i've always wanted to have my own christmas get together with some new friends and my family but it's always way to hectic and crazy around the christmas season so i hope to hear from all of you soon ok have a nice sunday and a nice week

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Hello planet christmas im new to this site so Let me tell you all a little bit about myself i've always loved christmas season i love getting started on christmas every september i know kinda early but i think the more earlier you get started on christmas the more faster you get done with everything so i like getting up on my roof putting up my christmas lights and decorating my christmas tree with both of my parents and i like having family around on christmas its really an enjoyable time

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thanks for the welcoming so when do you usually get started on your christmas decorations christmas lights and christmas tree??

The process began about 2 weeks ago, I have been sequencing and planning ,I will start hanging lights Thanksgiving day to be ready on Dec 1st.

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Usually start planning and sequencing around May, and spend the rest of the time purchasing/fabricating prior to the setup in late October/early November. Only "break" in between is the Independence Day light show. Spend the following week or two tweaking the sequences prior to "throwing the big red switch" after Thanksgiving.

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well i usually start hanging my christmas lights at the end of november the start of december and i dont get finished till the next few days so i usually start hanging the lights with my father around thanksgiving time and the day after thanksgiving the whole process takes a few days unless theres more packs of lights to hang up we usually add more lights every year and we get more of the standing riendeer and inflatable snowmen and other stuff so we should be all complete by ethier december 5th or december 7th or 8th so how many lights are all of you planning to hang on your houses??

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Glad to have you here. I found PC last year late into the season, so this will be my first year with animation. There is lots of help on here and you will find yourself reading many hours. I also joined the lightorama forums thru their website and found additional information, but you can probably look at the other automation vendors websites and find lots of info as well. It is almost the 1st of Oct and I am so far behind, but I'm still gung ho to give it a try. Got a small Halloween display almost ready and that has been a big learning help as well.

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well im glad to be here i dont have much of a light display but it really turns out good every year and were adding more stuff to the light display on my house every november and december we usually get started on our christmas lights the day of thanksgiving and the day after thanksgiving and we continue working on the lights till about december5th to december7th so far we have two riendeer a inflatable santa claus train with santa and a penguin inside the snowglobe Ball and we have another santa on the roof we might add some more christmas decorations like a few more riendeer to the lawn and Maybe a christmas sign for the house and some other stuff so when did all of you become so interested in christmas and do alot of you go out christmas shopping on black friday?? well respond anytime and have a nice rest of your sunday and a nice week

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No final tally yet, but somewhere between 150K to 175K mini lights, 12 strobes, and 6 floodlights. No inflatables or blowmolds aside from a nativity. If it ain't on the house, its on arches, minitrees, real trees, or megatrees.:D

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well im just gonna be Hanging mini lights and putting up two inflatables and Maybe more riendeer i also might buy three more or four more packs of lights just to Make my house more brighter the brighter the better right? any of you ever think of trying to Make your houses seeable from space lol got that idea from deck the Halls with matthew broderick and danny devito it'd be cool though but sure alot of electricity would be used so do any of you live in the same area together or are all of you from different states?? any of you nextdoor Neighbors or friends or family?? well have a nice sunday

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A couple of items about buying from Itunes.

A) they are protected, and unless you know how to "unprotect" them you cannot use them. Thus unprotecting them could cross that infringement of copywrited material laws( garbage)..So go there at your own risk.

B) you are still at the mercy of who ever ripped it as far as quality. I originally downloaded mine from Itunes. I found most of items were muddy sounding, especially after listening to them a gazillion times for sequencing. To me they were so bad on the Vince Guaraldi pieces ( Charle brown music), I couldnt tell what was going on..

Thanks for the advice William! By the way I like your site. I'm looking forward to seeing the videos from this years display.

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hey Garrison i got a few holiday christmas videos on youtube if you wanna check them out my user name on there is thenextbigchristmas i have my light display from last year even though there's no music but i think my christmas lights turned out pretty good also im gonna be adding like three more boxes of mini lights this november and december to the rest of my christmas lights so hope you have a nice week

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