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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.
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  • 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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Just checking in with everyone. I have felt a wave of emotions so far. First I felt like I was way ahead of schedule, then a couple of days later felt rushed, now feeling good again. I have one more snowflake out of seven to install on the house, then I'm off and running on all the yard stuff....which is all pre-manufactured and just needs installed, with exception to my mega tree. The mega tree is 32 channel, 2 color so it will require some time. I'm hoping to be all plugged up no later than Friday next week so I have a week of testing and tweaking prior to lights on Thanksgiving night!!! How are you all doing thus far?

Corey

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sounds like you are in great shape.. !

I lost last weekend due to food poisoning but I scheduled holiday from work today and it was sunny and 62 outside so i got most all of my roof and house stuff done... tomorrow sets up to be sunny and 70.. so I'll mount the snow flakes on the house and then finish wiring the house stuff into the channels of LOR.. ill be able to mow short and begin building the PVC grid for the yard that holds the light squares and the mini trees... I think I'll be able to do a little run testing of the sequences tomorrow night..

like you I think ill be done building the weekend before thanksgiving and can tweak and fully test to be ready to go live thanksgiving saturday night!!.. this year the weather has been STELLAR thus far... often in ohio we have cold and rain in november.. but theres been lots of warm sunny weekends so far!!

-Christopher

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1200 shingle clip mounted C9's on the roof - CHECK

icicles wrapping the house - CHECK

three colors worth of net lights in three bush banks - CHECK

68 new trees (2', 3', 6', and 7-1/2') wrapped with lights - CHECK

new two-color Merry Christmas sign built - CHECK

megatree up - pole up, base constructed, 16,000 red, green & white cranked up to top... now to finish up wiring them up... 75% done

So I have to:

move all those 68 trees to the front yard (they are staged in the back)

mount the Merry Christmas sign

get all LOR controllers out

wire new sub-panel

install lights in two oak trees

I better get on my horse and get to work!

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I have the worst of it behind me now, I have made up my mind what to do. That has been the hardest thing for me. I finished the shopping today. I am not planning to have it all done by Thanksgiving weekend, I am shooting for the week after Thanksgiving.

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Moving pretty smoothly here, more calming to know I'm a tad ahead of things.

What's Done:

- Icicles Hung

- Bushes wrapped

- End tree wrapped

- Small wreaths up

- Island done

- 12ft tree 2/3 assembled

- Artificial trees assembled and wrapped

What needs to be done:

- Guy wire the 12ft tree again*

- Put top piece of 12ft tree*

- Put lights on 12ft tree*

- Assemble snowman*

- Paint 3-4 different things*

- Put up the Mega Tree*

- Put out/wire up animated display elements

- Put up big wreath*

- Enjoy the season*

*will be done tomorrow/this weekend

My goal is to have 90% up by Tuesday, then next weekend put out simple things like my deer/signs/donation box next weekend and begin testing... My first show is a private show for the family on Thanksgiving, Party on that Friday, Public Opening that Saturday! It's coming fast!!! :santasmileyitty:

Edited by christmaslover012
Seems like there's a lot that has to get done, but in reality it's not that much? I dunno.

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Working on Palm trees today and then moving on to the mega trees. Before I had to use my 12' ladder and stand on the top step. SCARY!!!

This year I got some help!!!

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Mini Mega is up, all 6 artificial trees are wrapped and set, mini trees are set with only 1 more to build, most of the molds are drug out to the lawn. Still have to drag out the rest of the molds and set them up, then all the menial things that needs to be done (run cords, set up controllers, check ampage, ect). So I think (hope) I am din ok.

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House 90% done

One tree left to wrap

One more wireframe to light

Controllers - one more to build inclosure

Lawn decor - 0%, they go out Blackfriday

Got my first complaint of the year today...neighbor around corner...oh darn

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I have fallen way behind schedule!!!! I can see some long nights ahead. I have only finished programming 2 songs! Just started on the sub panel box today. Haven't started on the tune to sign, but I did pickup all the materials today. I have not started wrapping trees in the front yard. I haven't started electrical panel upgrade in the house or bought the materials. Almost finished 2 24channel controllers, half way finished 2 16 channel controllers, haven't started the other 2 24 channel controllers ( I have 4 Renard 24's and 2 Renard 16's) I have a lot to do before Dec 5th.

OOHHH, and I haven't started the mega-tree or the 4 arches.

:eek:WOW! When I write it out I didn't realize how much I have to do.

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I would say that we are about forty percent complete with the display at the time...are opening night is November 27th so all forty inflatables...mini trees...mega tree...blowmolds...wireframes...and light shows need to be up by then...

Stuff is coming out every day...was able to get allot done this weekend...

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The icicles on my house are done, i'm done with putting the 6 figures on my roof, all my bushes are done except 1, both of my rivers are done with blue lights, my back balcony is 95% done just have to get everthing pluged in and a couple more teathers done for the inflatables, still have about 35 candy canes to put up around the yard, and 31 inflatables, and about 15 lights lawn figures, also my neighbor is coming over tomorrow to install a box with some circuits straight into the breaker box, he's an electrician.

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My list is getting checked off... Most of my "big" time consuming items are done... Other than wiring the other 3/4 of my display :o Most all of the rest of my display in my front yard is pre-assembled and just has to be placed in the lawn, carefully... Still will take a lot of time getting things nice and straight, etc. Then I have a backyard display to set up as well! haven't done anything at all back there, and it's going to be controled by my 12 channel Gemmy controller. I have a LOT of work ahead of me still, but I'm stoked to see the end results.

I've been doing christmas displays for YEARS, and other than the last 2 years with first the Mr. Christmas, and then the Gemmy, I've always been 'static'. Jumping to 80 channels of LOR this year, after thinking I was going to be 48, is really mind boggling. I have a TON of cords, and a couple thousand feet of Zip cord, and I'm quickly realizing that I did NOT over buy when I got another 1,000 feet of SPT1 this year! I'm VERY thankful that I knew as much as I do about computerizing a display (thanks to PC) prior to getting into this!

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I have two of four controllers out, most of the hard stuff is done. I have the 12' Mega tree with 2' Bethlehem star up, tested, and running. I have both strings up on the roof, 2 hours and 400 clips later, and the 4' snowflake under the eave. I also managed to re-paint the entire front of the house yesterday, prior to setup, and bagged 27 yard waste bags full of leaves from 4, 60' tall trees as well as cleaned all the gutters. As a last minute change, I finished two 4' tall mini trees wrapped with 4 colors as a backup to the LED floods in case I can't figure out how to power them all. Oh, and I re-painted and re-striped 9 PVC candy canes I rescued off of freecycle. I still have the arches to put out, my snowmen and all the twiggy trees, the presents under the mega tree, the wreaths on the house, two more controllers, and about a dozen or so snowflakes. So far we're on track for our "Go Live" night the day after Thanksgiving. Good luck everyone!!!

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Well we got the mega trees done. That took 1.5 days. There are two with 96 sets of clear on both, 96 sets of read on one and 96 sets of blue on the other. Thats 38,400 lights alone.

Also got the tops of the palm trees done. That itself used to take a day but it only took about 3 hours with the help of a lift instead of a ladder.

Next weekend starts my vacation so that will give me 7 full days to work on every thing else.

The roof will take 2 days. There is around 22, 000 lights up there.

I eliminated some lights this year but with the arches it should stay close to 100,000 +-.

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I started the roof yesterday and worked some more today. I've gotten 2,400 LEDs up there, 16 angels, and 4 wireframe double bells. Got the angels wired and the LEDs wired, still have to get the 5' Santa up on the chimney and get the controller up there. So far so good..

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I started the roof yesterday and worked some more today. I've gotten 2,400 LEDs up there, 16 angels, and 4 wireframe double bells. Got the angels wired and the LEDs wired, still have to get the 5' Santa up on the chimney and get the controller up there. So far so good..

Do you do an animated display?

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Just today I got the rest of my display out (all of the things that are connected to the controllers), I still have several static items to get it. I should have it all plugged in and ready to start testing by Wednesday night. :)

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Just finished "almost" everything up this weekend. It looks like an Elf threw up Christmas all over my front yard. :giggle: I still have a few more twiggy trees to make and the radio sign to finish, but I think I should have some time over Thanksgiving break. Happy set up everyone!

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Mine is not going as well as I anticipated. I got my reindeer out for the roof orchestra and half of them have bad strings that I had to replace.

Then I got the instruments themselves down and half of those werent working. ARRRRGGHHHH.

I put those off to the side to redo at night and went to the mini trees. I thought I had them in the right spot, but when I went to run the cords they were all 1 foot too far for the cords.

I stayed up til midnight re-doing the rope light on the instruments and now it is almost 6 am and waiting for the sun to come up or the earth to lower actually.

Looks like it will be another down to the wire year.

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Roof grid - NOT CHECK

Mini trees - CHECK

Ornaments - CHECK

Snowflakes - NOT CHECK

Front tree - NOT CHECK

Renards Completed - NOT CHECK

I guess I should get busy.

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Okay, took a break for lunch. Going a little better today. I got the mini trees moved back and secured so that the cords will now reach.

Started on the roof lights about 2 hours ago. 1200 down, 21000 to go. :giggle:

I think I am going to run all my cords last. I can do that even if it gets dark. Except for the stuff on the roof. No fun being up there in the dark.

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Completed:

Roof is Done.

Wreaths are up.

Candlebras in window

To Be Completed:

40+ foot pine

Side trees

Shrubs

Inside tree

Inside decorations

I'm not putting out my blow molds this year. I'll wait till things pick up. Less temptation for thieves.

I need help with my Pine tree, and I do not have the energy to do it this year. My car was totalled out by a careless 20 yr old, and with my back being all messed up, I don't think its wise I swing in the wind with extention poles, on top of a 15' extention ladder :)

Lifts in Mid-Mich are just out of price range. $150.00 for 4 hours.

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Candlebras in window

Is that some new decoration from Victoria's Secret? Might go well with a Leg Lamp.:giggle:

Everything is up (and working!!) with exception of the other Mega, and five minis that need rewelding. Nothing like that "11th Hour Rush" adrenaline high.

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