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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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  • 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.
Darlene Pino

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We ran into a fellow PCer today at Lowes. Superman, It was nice to meet you in person and your beautiful two children. We will come by to see your display this year and thanks for coming to ours.

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Whew, we are tired! We spent most off the weekend putting up inflatables, the 8 arch walk-through, front Halloween gate, etc.

I made a treasure chest out of a cardboard printer paper box. Came out pretty good. I put LEDs inside and covered with bubble wrap and placed old costume jewelry on it. I propped the lid open with a wire and spray painted tape for the straps on the box.

I will use some more cardboard boxes with the word CARGO printed on them, so they will look like they fell out during the shipwreck. The neighbor kids are already getting excited. That always makes it worthwhile.

But we are very tired and looking forward to a day of rest at the office on Monday!

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I am done and ran tests tonight, I still have a little in my sequences to tighten up but overall I'm pleased with my first year. My fm transmitter sould be in this week and I hope to be "lights on" either friday or saturday. I love the green lights in your trees. looks like little bats hiding up there

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We got the walk-through arches put up and got most of it laid out in the yard. Hopefully it will be finished by Saturday night. Those lights on the tree are lasers we bought at PLUS from Reinders. The green ones are by Bliss Lights. (This is my lazy man's way of putting lights in the tree!) \

We also have a red and blue laser that is animated; On the house or tree it looks like burning embers fromt he street. Up close, it looks like bugs crawling all over.. Interesting effect.

We worked hard this weekend. It took a long time to put the icicles on the arches. Photos coming soon...

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Hi Darlene,

I see you're full speed on the Halloween show! I managed to put up an inflatable this year :wacko: Got some new projects I'm working on for Christmas that I hope will come together soon. The weather has cooled off so now we can get busy!

Troy

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Hi Darlene,

I see you're full speed on the Halloween show! I managed to put up an inflatable this year :wacko: Got some new projects I'm working on for Christmas that I hope will come together soon. The weather has cooled off so now we can get busy!

Troy

How far from Rome are you . My in laws live in Rome.

I hang out at DIYC most of the time and did meet one member there who has really been a help to me building my controllers an other things. He has 720 channels and over 100,000 lights. Far cry from me. I am running 288 channels now and 65,000 lights.

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I'm a good distance from Rome. I live in Albany, in the southwestern part of the state.

Take I-75 down to Tifton, turn right, drive one hour, and you are in Albany!

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I'm a good distance from Rome. I live in Albany, in the southwestern part of the state.

Take I-75 down to Tifton, turn right, drive one hour, and you are in Albany!

Ok. We are debating when to go visit in Rome next year. Mother in Law says spring is to stormy, summer is too hot, gets chilly in fall. Is there a good time. We are targeting probably February. Actually it will be a year from February.

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I would say avoid summer. As you are from Idaho, our coldest days won't seem too bad.

Just remember, we have little snow removal equipment. A hint of snow and everything shuts down.

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Troy, Hi, How are you? Good to hear from you. Yes, we are busy trying to get things done between working late several nights a week.

We have most of it done. John is tweeking the sequences to "my" last minute changes! It always looks good. Adding the arches to the walkway this year looks really good. I hope you get a chance to come by. Are you doing Halloween this year?

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Troy, Hi, How are you? Good to hear from you. Yes, we are busy trying to get things done between working late several nights a week.

We have most of it done. John is tweeking the sequences to "my" last minute changes! It always looks good. Adding the arches to the walkway this year looks really good. I hope you get a chance to come by. Are you doing Halloween this year?

I'm doing well...just starting to feel a little Christmas pressure. :huh: No Halloween again this year for me. I did put up an inflatable pumpkin with the ghost popping out from Lowes though. I'm sure we'll make it over your way sometime before Halloween. I see you met "Superman". I have talked with him briefly on here and offered for him to come out and take a look. I get several people every year that come by and say they want to give it shot, but so far haven't seen any new ones in the area so nice to see he's diving in. I finally caved in this year and ordered some voiceovers from Demented Elf and can't wait to hear that. All in all things are coming along slowly but surely. I will probably start setting up a few things in the next week or two and then after the trick or treaters clear out it's full steam!

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