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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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      • Top 10 show tunes for 2017
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      • Smart pixel megatree
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      • Build a controller shed
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      November 2015 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Top 10 show tunes anticipated for 2015
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      • Building mini-trees
      • Building leaping arches
      • DIY giant candy canes
      • Indoor decorating ideas
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      • Are there any Christmas lights made in the USA?
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      • Top 10 Christmas show tunes of 2014
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      • Renewing blow molds
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      September 2014 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Back to the Future Edition
      • Blow Molds - all you ever wanted to know
      • 10 ways to get Into the lucrative Christmas business
      • Vampire plugs revisited
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      • Build a leaping arch
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      April 2014 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • The Super Geek Edition
      • Pixel Tree Basics
      • All about Pixel Ribbons
      • Build a Pixel Mega-Tree
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      December 2013 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Showing Off 2013
      • Top 10 Setup Ideas
      • Rethinking Decorating
      • 10 Santa Tips
      • 'Twas the Night Before...
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      • The Best Christmas Cookies EVER
      • N.B. Scuttlebutt
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      September 2013 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Dip your toe in the RGB waters
      • 8 Pixel RGB House
      • Mega-Tree on the Roof
      • Mini-Trees
      • Incandescent Splicing
      • Animatronics
      • Light-O-Rama Class
      • Indoor Displays
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      November 2012 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • SuperStar Tips and Tricks
      • A 'Lure' of Lights in Hayward, Wisconsin
      • Light-O-Rama and MADRIX
      • Create Sequences in 2 Minutes!
      • Christmas Expo 2013 New Owners
      • DIY Mega-Mini Leapers
      • 10 Santa Tips
      • Inflatables
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      July 2012 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Who is Light-O-Rama?
      • 4x4 Design
      • Show Testing with an iPad
      • LED String Tester
      • Tree Toppers
      • LOR Jumpstart Training Classes
      • RGB Colors
      • Storing Strings of Lights
      • Christmas Expo 2013
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      December 2011 PlanetChristmas Magazine

      • Pictures of your displays from around the word
      • Disney Does it Right!
      • UltraShows
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      November 2011 PlanetChristmas magazine

      • DIY Candy Canes
      • Light-O-Rama Network Tester
      • 81' Megatree
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      • Build Leaping Arches
      • LEDs vs. Incandescents
      • Ten Santa Tips
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      September 2011 UltraShows magazine

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      • Channel Configurations
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      • LOR Tips and Tricks
      • Sequencing 1000+ Channels
      • Build a Megatree
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      June 2011 is all about Christmas Expo

      • Christmas Expo Update
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      Mid Spring 2011 dedicated to Christmas Expo

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      • Why Gatlinburg?
      • Christmas Expo Instructors
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      Early Spring 2011 dedicated to Christmas Expo

      • Christmas Expo Update
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      • Why Gatlinburg?
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      December 2010 magazine edition:

      • Behind the scenes of Disney, SeaWorld, Opryland, NASCAR, etc.
      • Building the world's largest computerized Christmas tree
      • Let's celebrate! Showing off just a little
      • Christmas lights version 3. Think RGB
      • PLUS+ in June. Come join us
      • Ten Enhanced Santa tips
      • The House on Christmas Street world tour
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      November 2010 Edition:

      • Tips and Tricks!
      • Newbie Stories
      • Build your own leaping arches
      • Modern marvel: the vampire plug
      • PLUS is Changing
      • Too many Santas
      • A Christmas Carol (abridged)
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      September 2010 Edition

      • Tips and Tricks!
      • Light-O-Rama Timesavers
      • The Christmas Ranch
      • Five Weeks in the Christmas Business
      • PLUS is Changing
      • Synchronized Lighting Tricks
      • Mississippi and Chicago gatherings
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      Spring 2010 Edition:

      • Trends for 2010!
      • Christmas Open House for Thousands
      • Death of the Sequencing Grid (think 4800 channels)
      • Starting a Christmas Business
      • A Christmas View from the UK
      • GFCIs
      • Getting started with Synchronized Lighting
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      December 2009 Edition:

      • Celebrate the Season!
      • Christmas Village Building Tips
      • Christmas Open House for Thousands
      • Planning for Profession Jobs
      • In Search of the First Snowman
      • Blow Mold Anti-Spinning
      • The Grinch: Attending A-PLUS
      • Worldwide Contest Entry Details
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      • ... and so much more!
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      November 2009 Edition:

      • It's Our Incandescent vs. LED Issue!
      • Time for a Decision! Incandescent or LED?
      • Christmas Village Building Tips
      • DIY Giant Candy Canes
      • Sequencing for a Living
      • LED Fixtures in the Entertainment Business
      • Ten Tips to be a Better Santa
      • Blow Mold History
      • The Grinch: Balloon Boys
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      • ... and so much more!
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      October 2009 Edition:

      • It's Our Do It Yourself Issue!
      • DIY Giant Lollipops
      • DIY Jumbotron for your Yard
      • Record Your Own CD
      • Sequencing for a Living
      • Backstage Pass: A Home Display with Professional Toys
      • Indoor Displays: Trees!
      • Blast From the Past: Christmas Lighting 50 Years Ago
      • The Grinch: Itty Bitty Planes
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      • ... and so much more!
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      August/September 2009 Edition:

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      • So You Want To Go Pro Issue
        Feature articles: So You Wan To to Go Pro?
      • Backstage Pass: A Day In the Life
      • Indoor Displays: Trees!
      • The Pros: 1000+ Channels
      • Tips and Tricks: Refresh Wire Frames
      • Blast From the Past: Christmas Lighting 50 Years Ago
      • The Grinch: Marking your Territory
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      • ... and so much more!
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      July 2009 Edition: Our Annual Nerd Edition

      • Feature article: LEDs. Fact and Fiction
      • Backstage Pass: Performance Art
      • Indoor Displays: There's so much more to do inside!
      • Tips and Tricks: Jack Up Mega Pole
      • Do It Yourself: Build the CTB16PC
      • The Grinch: Respecting the neighbors
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      • ... and so much more!
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      Spring 2009 Edition: Our Premier Issue!

      • Feature article: Show Sequencing Alternatives
      • Backstage Pass: DMX by Charles Belcher
      • Best Christmas Cookies Ever!
      • The Pros: How I became a Professional by Carson Williams
      • Tips and Tricks: Building Megatrees by Darryl Brown
      • The Grinch: Being one of "those" people by Chuck Hutchings
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      • ... and so much more!

       

       

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