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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.
Larry D

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As soon as they are ready....

Where is the Smiley with the elf dragging christmas lights?:confused:

still have a LONG way to go here.

Maybe dec 1st :pinch:

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planning on december 1st, taking a personal day from work tomorrow to try to get it finished. weather looks nasty for monday and tuesday.

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Went LIVE last night around 8:30pm...with a couple of annoying goofs! I forgot I had a background sequence in my show for lighting the radio sign from last year. Well this year I used that same channel for the new strobes on the right side of my display. Needless to say, I was being STROBED constanly :) I kept thinking I forgot to clear out the channels in all the sequences that I reused for the Strobes...So, I went back and edited all the sequences, trying to find the problem...nope! Background sequence...

Looks alot better now. Still in a massive state of sequence editing. This year I doubled my channels from 32 to 64 and when to all RED and White. So, now all my sequences from last year are all white, and I have to add in the RED. This is a major task. If you come by to see it, cut me some slack for a week or too, while I shake out the bugs. :)

Merry Christmas

Mike

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If its not pouring and just sprinkles today, then We might be done by this evening or tomorrow.

We have all of the wire frames and most of th lights up, Just gotta finnish the mega tree and run all of the extensions out to the yard.

I have been already working on the sequences for a month so hopefully with a few quirks and kinks everything will just work.

We do have a side project going with some 2k light driveway arches, But I dont know if they will be finnished in time for opening night on Dec 1'st.. :(

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Had them on Friday-Sunday, but now with all the rain I can't run them. Hope it drys out soon, I have a few things to fix from all the wind also. Hope to have then running again tomorrow night. About 90,000 lights- 80,000 LED with 176 channels this year.

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We start ours on Thanksgiving night. It works out good with all the people out with kids after the Thanksgiving dinner. This year we jumped from 16 to 112 channels, lots of extra fun.

Jim

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We put our lights up last weekend (Nov 27/28). They went on the Sunday night. There is still a little tweaking to do and adding a plywood "Gingy" cutout before Friday - our official "Light-up" where we'll be throwing on the switch for the mini-trees and the Lights and Sounds of Christmas, as well as eating goodies and drinking hot chocolate!. I thought of waiting until Friday to put up all the lights but they were looking good so why not put them up as soon as we could :)

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We always plan to test the lights and give the neighborhood a "sneak Peek" the night before Thanksgiving for a couple hours. Then start nightly from Thanksgiving on.

Plan didn't work so good this year and had problems and didn't get running until this past Saturday.

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Our lights are on, though I'm not completely finished with the setup. I still have a few smaller things to do, such as make the "tune radio to..." sign and put lights on the a-frame of the roof. But, we're about 90% done. After I finish that up, I'll have to start building sequences. So far, I've been rocking 3 I've downloaded from lorsequences.com. That has helped me get the 'vision' for what it could be. But, then again, I may just not get the time to build my own this year with a newborn.

If anyone is in the Decatur area, swing by "Napa Valley Way SW" road. We'll be running our wanna-be-show until 10pm every night, weather permitting.

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Sounds good, but make sure you take a deep breath! Your show will be a gift to your area.

Larry

Our lights are on, though I'm not completely finished with the setup. I still have a few smaller things to do, such as make the "tune radio to..." sign and put lights on the a-frame of the roof. But, we're about 90% done. After I finish that up, I'll have to start building sequences. So far, I've been rocking 3 I've downloaded from lorsequences.com. That has helped me get the 'vision' for what it could be. But, then again, I may just not get the time to build my own this year with a newborn.

If anyone is in the Decatur area, swing by "Napa Valley Way SW" road. We'll be running our wanna-be-show until 10pm every night, weather permitting.

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lights came on friday, a few small glitches but everything worked out great. Now with the wind last night and today it's being a booger keeping a few things from geting toppled over.

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