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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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It is! It's a slightly modified version of Daryl's design. I made the top ring smaller than the bottom ring so it would have more of a tapered look. It will end up about 15' for my first year. Trying to keep it as simple as possible for now.

 

 

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Did you get the vertical supports from him ?  I'm speaking about the connectors that look like half a tee. If not could you tell me where you got them

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I made them myself. Used a drill to ream out the ridge on the inside, slipped them on a scrap piece of pvc for safety and used my chop saw. Quick and easy!

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Very professional looking.........The final product looks like it was done in a manufacturing plant

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Thanks so much! I did plenty of research before starting.

I'm deciding on which pole system to use and I'll be ordering the hook head and some accessories from CLS shortly.

It's nice to start this early so there is no rush later (hopefully!), especially with learning how to program the LOR software.

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I started several months ago for this upcoming season!

 

LoR themselves as well as any number of videos on you tube will help greatly when programming and using the software.

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Heres a link to John Storms lor sequencing videos .......this is just1 he has many other good ones on You tube and does a very good job of explaining

 

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I have 30 minutes programed, 45 strings of minis, one channel of strobes and the topper.

Very pleased with how it turned out for my first try.

Still trying to figure out how to post a video.

 

 

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