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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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Well, only a day later than had hoped for, but with the weather, work and all the other setbacks, glad to be done! (or am I?!?!...lol)  Many visitors tonight, all very happy and pleased!  Now if everything just holds through the month, all will be good in the neighborhood!  Attached a pic with most items lit up.  Didn't catch everything.  Will put an animation sequence together that runs slow enough to snap some full photos and post them.





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Looks great... mine pales in comparison but will be good enough for first year and 16 channels.. one day mine will look as nice.

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Never compare your display to another. Do the best you can with what you have. Sometimes quality out does quantity. I am sure yours will be beautiful. I started with 16 channels and this being fifth year LOR am on 64 now. Hope to have 96 for '14, but only adding a few lights. Looking to add more control over current display. Good luck and be sure to post pics.


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Here are more pics of the display.  We have a mix of wireframes, plywood cutouts, inflatables, and other items.  Also mix of incans and LEDs, steady ons to twinkles to controllable, and of course the 64CH of LOR.  Videos still to come, just have to have the time to film and then convert and upload.  Still tweaking things before I shoot any videos.  Enjoy the pics for now!


















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