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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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Got My Nativity going today, Sunday Icicle/ropes go up, then try to get the Carosel out of the garage.

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The post with the banner changes colors, and I Love my new Star with the CFL, it glows. Have to finish my PVC Shepard also.

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Lots of setbacks this year.

I broke ribs in October, still can't be climbing or lifting much. Something about higher danger of puncturing a lung.

Did not look the whole situation over when I decided to buy 2 D'light controllers last year, so it turns out there is more to that than I thought. Finally got firmware updated and everything figured out then the computer crashed.

Spent too much time trying to fix that. Finally decided to use my laptop which is blinky but has been fine for a week or so and just save to a thumb drive often.

Decided today that I had better upgrade the software and was going to spend the weekend getting sequences together.

Did not realize that the email that I bought the software on is different than the paypal email, succeeded in making a huge mess of that that it is going to take a person to fix during regular business hours.

As though that wasn't bad enough, decided to download the demo to look it all over. Misunderstood the demo situation lol

Can't sequence at all this weekend. Need to go shop for more lights, and supplies, have a sick child...

Now shooting for Dec 1.

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Getting there but a long way to go. Got the Carosel out today did test run tonight.Have had 4 folks stop and they all like the nativity.

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Hooray!! Ran final test last night & fixed about half dozen issues and tonight it's ON WITH THE SHOW.......This is the first year I made my Thanksgiving deadline.......Does that mean I'm gettin' better!!! :cool:

I doubt it!!

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I am pretty close, couple things to plug in and still test my controllers. I still have a little programming I want to do but I'm going racing this weekend so ill turn them on this week sometime!

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Still have a fair share to do. Have several ethernet cords to make, and test 4 more controllers, have tested 6 so far and all are working thus far. Going to wire up what I can this weekend and see how that goes! hopefully things continue to push forward with light up coming soon! (projected December 8 or before!)

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replaced all the c9s with led's this year. made 10 mini trees, a 7ft tall northpole. stil need to rebuild one 16ft arch still need to do more on the roof and something on the fence. im getting there

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