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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.
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Ok, now I was  going to buy the pc ctb16pc starter kit for months now..{$307} the mad grab sale came on and i see just the pc-ctb16 {regularly $259} is on sale for $205 . I grabbed one of these and a generic starter package. for about $43 , total order was $277  with shipping[got it in first minutes ]. would of been $330 for the "starter package. I'm paranoid. did i get the same thing. all i can tell is my cat 5 cable is 10' instead of the 25' starter pack..is this right ???    I'm in the big leauges now and green .

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The PC controllers are less expensive than the showtime controllers. So between that and a basic starter that sounds about right. I'm guessing you got the basic license and not advanced? The advanced license us about $70.

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After looking you have what you need to make the lights flash. Now to start playing with your toys. Enjoy.

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Got controller today. Thx to UPS ground and a train derailment

In N. Mexico. (I'm in Az.) goodbye mr. Christmas controller

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  • And so the madness begins - soon, very soon you will find yourself numb from all the options to make your lights dance, you will drop family time in favor of programming time - and once you see what one controller will do you will want more and more and MORE!
  • Welcome to the maddness, now make those lights FLASH newbie and enjoy the madness - if you don't believe me just check out the other animated websites to see how we all start in our first year vs. the ones after it, mine is at www.crazytechchristmas.com - but I found out the way you will or have the rule is expand or go home.....whaaa hahahahahahaha - well they do call me the CRAZY TECH!  WELCOME

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I want to wrap the 2 landscape front yard trees branch by branch,

move the large snowflake ( barely lit in this pic) from over the front door

To over garage. Also need more snowflakes over garage. I have 3 sets of 6 candy

Canes mounted on painted 2 by 4's that are hard to see . I have wal mart mini

Trees for 2013 too. My kids mad we're not using our inflateables anymore but I told em

We're trying to go "Holdman" . Sadly, my 6 yr. old knew what I meant. Any advice

Welcome , I have no ego among the pro's.

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I wrap my cherry trees branch by branch, I do it just that way, I wrap and only use a tie at the beginning and end to hold it.

 

When it comes to lights, you could use a couple of leapers, one in front of each side of your garage for a little more pop there, or frame your garage door, i.e. run lights around the opening like you did over you arch in the front door.

 

I always tend to end up putting 4 colors on most trees, allows for more bang in the same location, if you go back to my website and look at the first year I ran all the lights shown with only one controller, there were about 3,600 lights.

 

I still run the bulk of the lights on the single controller, the trees and leapers have their own controllers, the rest are on controller one.

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