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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.

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Hey, I want to start my next years display with going computerized.What is a good computer control to use? like light o rama? i thought I've seen of anther one out there too? what is a good starter unit to go with? thanks 

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I just purchased my starter kit from Syncronized Christmas. In some of my research I have found others but based on my skills in working with networks, with protocols and ease of use, seems the LOR based networks seem to be the most universally supported. The only real other network I found close to it was DMX which is not actually C-mas but built for light shows and sound environments of concerts etc. LOR can work with DMX and CCR (cosmic ribbon) networks Take the time to research. Read these forums. Seems to be a ton of good info here. This hobby is not cheap, just to get started I spent about 400 on the equipment. This is before the lights. I am not saying don't get into it but also, know what your getting into. I am going to use LED instead of incandescent lighting for the power consumption. Start simple and add to it each year. your starter kit comes with one 16 channel controller. You can add more controllers as your display gets bigger and better. Hope this helps. It is my plan to learn and share my knowledge. As I learn more, I plan to share more. Study the video's closely that you find. see what you like about it. look at the how-to videos and see how others have done it. (don't re-invent the wheel) and ask questions! 

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I am also starting to use some LED, but be careful if you are doing it to save $$$.  While there is power consumption savings, it probably is NOT going to save you money.  LED strings are considerably more expensive than incans.  So if you live in an area where power is still kind of cheap, don't look for it saving you money because the power savings are offset by higher up-front costs.  But they might help you not have to expand your power distribution if you go really big.

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