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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.
Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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DanoNJ , You have to admit he got you on that one. Had to read it twice to caught the slip up. Frank , Great responce quick thinking.

Don't encourage him :)

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DanoNJ , You have to admit he got you on that one. Had to read it twice to caught the slip up. Frank , Great responce quick thinking.

Thank you very much. But you don't really have to be quick when it comes to Dan.:D

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You might consider a class on Designing Displays. In general, I scoff/laugh at people who post pictures of their house and ask "What should I do?" because I think I have about a thousand ideas more than I have time for or the money for.

But this last year (2009) I mis-remembered how many lights I had in 2008. For quite a while I told people that I had 6,000 more lights than I actually did. Not on purpose, but it bothers me. So now I feel like I am 6,000 lights "behind." And I'm trying to decide how to make that deficit up in 2010.

The class could talk, for a few minutes on each, about the "common" elements of current displays, e.g., mega-trees, mini-trees, leaping arches, driveway arches, fans, lightsticks, ground lights, roof lights, house coverings, Weber Mega Trees, and of course BLOW MOLDS, etc. etc.. Not a lot of time on any one thing, but what they are, a little bit about what's involved (# of lights, uses, how difficult, etc.) and where to look on PC to learn more. It would not be a "how to" but more of a "what are people doing" class.

Just a thought. I need to put up 6K more lights in 2010 to "break even" in my mind so I am trying to decide on what to do.

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Not to get off topic, but look at this display (yeah, the video is not as sharpas some). There is not a ton of lights, but it is well done...Seeing it in person is awesome. You do not need a lot of lights to have a great display.

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Not to get off topic, but look at this display (yeah, the video is not as sharpas some). There is not a ton of lights, but it is well done...Seeing it in person is awesome. You do not need a lot of lights to have a great display.

What display?

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You might consider a class on Designing Displays. In general, I scoff/laugh at people who post pictures of their house and ask "What should I do?" because I think I have about a thousand ideas more than I have time for or the money for.

But this last year (2009) I mis-remembered how many lights I had in 2008. For quite a while I told people that I had 6,000 more lights than I actually did. Not on purpose, but it bothers me. So now I feel like I am 6,000 lights "behind." And I'm trying to decide how to make that deficit up in 2010.

The class could talk, for a few minutes on each, about the "common" elements of current displays, e.g., mega-trees, mini-trees, leaping arches, driveway arches, fans, lightsticks, ground lights, roof lights, house coverings, Weber Mega Trees, and of course BLOW MOLDS, etc. etc.. Not a lot of time on any one thing, but what they are, a little bit about what's involved (# of lights, uses, how difficult, etc.) and where to look on PC to learn more. It would not be a "how to" but more of a "what are people doing" class.

Just a thought. I need to put up 6K more lights in 2010 to "break even" in my mind so I am trying to decide on what to do.

That class is already scheduled..and one of the best is going to teach it. Not completely confirmed yet, but if he comes up, you all are in for a real treat.

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That class is already scheduled..and one of the best is going to teach it. Not completely confirmed yet, but if he comes up, you all are in for a real treat.

I'm sorry. It seems "Every idea I have has been out there for years."

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I'm sorry. It seems "Every idea I have has been out there for years."

Mike, pssst...you don't have to apologize here..wrong thread!

The class I'm trying to put together is designing a knockout display. I will leave it up to the instructor, but much of what you talked about can be incorporated into it. And if HE shows up here..lemme tell ya, it will be a great class.

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Mike, pssst...you don't have to apologize here..wrong thread!

The class I'm trying to put together is designing a knockout display. I will leave it up to the instructor, but much of what you talked about can be incorporated into it. And if HE shows up here..lemme tell ya, it will be a great class.

Oops. I'm sorry. I think it is my PC. . .

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How 'bout a class on Vegas? Most everyone seems to use it...

We do have a video class lined up with a GREAT instructor..I'll be talking to him and see what can be done. ;)

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We do have a video class lined up with a GREAT instructor..I'll be talking to him and see what can be done. ;)
do you know what application he will be using? Adobe, Sony ?

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I'd Like to come up for this year chicago show and bring some LED goodies.. a CCR or two.. hopefully my LED "EQ-Tubes" will be ready by then.. an LED curtain... and maybe a Galaxia system if I buy one by then(which im seriously considering)....

and whatever else I can fit into a 4 door Jeep Wrangler...

-Christopher

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I'd Like to come up for this year chicago show and bring some LED goodies.. a CCR or two.. hopefully my LED "EQ-Tubes" will be ready by then.. an LED curtain... and maybe a Galaxia system if I buy one by then(which im seriously considering)....

and whatever else I can fit into a 4 door Jeep Wrangler...

-Christopher

Chris, I would love to welcome you..I hope you can make it!

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Carrie my friend, Mark down Rene' and I on your list. I look forward to making the Chicagoland pilgrimage once again......This time taking the toll road to the south. I'm sure you remember my frustration in 2006.

I did not take the time to read this entire thread so any missed info as far as registration I am guessing will posted in the near future.

Thanks!

Mark

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