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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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    Okay, I just got back from Disney world. While I was in the Hollywood Studios park I got a chance to watch the Christmas Lights Show sponsored by Sylvania and the Osbourne family. I can only say wow, what a show. They have some great ideas and capabilities.

    On to my question, while walking through the park I saw that each of the trees in the park had color changing light strands on the branches. the bulbs were little tiny globes and could change to any color. They were obviously DMX controlled. I have never seen these lights before, and I cannot find them anywhere I look on the web. Does anyone have any ideas where I can find some or who to call that may know where to get them? I really appreciate any help I can get. I have my heart set on getting my hands on some.

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    home depot had something like what you where talking about they where led and about 12 dollars a set. they are made by aninmated lighting here is a link to them on there site http://store.animatedlighting.com/store/c/77-LED-Colorwave.aspx

    they where cheaper in my local homedepot

    They're actually made by Pharos Innovations and sold by a lot of dealers, including AL


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    That is them. Thanks. I knew I was in the right place to ask the question. Now to call my bank for a huge loan. Just looking at galaxia's pricing scares me. At least I know and can sleep at night now....lol

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    Yeah this is probably it.

    Who would have thought that Philips actually makes good led lights.

    I think the strings we find in the big box stores just have the licensed Phillips brand name on them, but not actually manufactured by them ( even though I have 7 sets of their c9 multis I picked up at Target last year on my roof that have worked great for 2 seasons now.)

    When you get into their actual LED products not sold in a "Big Box" store, the game changes. Phillips manufactiers some of the best high flux/super bright LEDS. The Time Sqaure Ball the last 2 years have used the Phillips Luxeon Rebels.

    I have 9 Phillips Luxeon Rebels ( 3 red, green and blue) shining on my house this year. They are the original prototypes built by Craig Marshall that have now evloved into LOR Flood heads that will come out sometime next year. So far they have worked flawlessly!

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