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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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About imasweetskunk

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  • Birthday 03/06/1985

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  • Location
    west tx
  • Biography
    quadriplegic but i still kick ***
  • Interests
    music, lights, and being outside!
  • Occupation
    landscape architect
  • About my display
    around 50,000 lights and counting... 100% l.e.d. including spotlights/floodlights...96 a.l. channels... and this is my 3rd year with animation-
  1. one very important thing is make sure people know it goes to music!!! my first year i just used rock speakers and i had one or two people stop a night... the next year i had my sign and radio transmitter and it made a world of difference! but like someone said...be careful what you ask for...this is only my fourth year and the police actually stopped on christmas eve and made me shut down for a half hour to clear out traffic.
  2. we don't have a donation box either....if someone wants they can put it in my mailbox or knock on the door. however i do have sponsors every year and $100 gets their name on my main sign and a song request that i program for them.
  3. i have had the SAME EXACT thing happen...... my cones didn't make it though
  4. I have a 30amp AL lighting controller that has been working fine until tonight. I noticed it wasn't getting power so i checked the ceramic fuses and nothing. I took the channel number plates off and found the 1amp glass quickblow fuse was blown so i replaced it but when i plug it in it just blows instantly!!! what could have happened!? this is such a bummer...please help! joel-
  5. i've had to do this as well....but to clear out traffic. it is pretty funny when the static kicks in-
  6. well i got the lsp to recognize my AL boxes but it's making my 2-4 box mimick the first one...anyone know how to set starting ch. numbers?
  7. i've been using my past AL shows up until last night when i decided to switch to my LSP shows BUT nothing is happening.... i'm using my MB to communicate with my AL boxes and think this is where my problem is... i have my com port configured right under the controller output plugin, but how do i check to see that my computer is finding my MB? Do any of the settings on the MB need to be changed? I tried going into advanced under the configure controller output and an access to com port denied then a cannot access a disposed object. object name "advanced setup form" message pops up. My scheduler works fine but nothing happens outside...any thoughts are greatly appreciated!!! joel 432 352 8585 if anyone has the time-
  8. i start my show fri. and was hoping shimmer was the answer! eldorado...i was noticing on my pre programmed AL shows that the shimmer was more intense or quick at times hopefully lsp adds that feature! this is my first year programming and am trying to use all the effects but sometimes it's hard to picture... Richard H.'s programming is top notch by the way! if i'm using led's how fast do you think i can turn on and off a ch. without it looking bad? 4 to 8 times a second? thanks!
  9. what is your favorite effect to use while programming? AND which effect is it that makes a strobe look? thanks...
  10. i agree 100% i have 30 mr16's and the colors are great...red is a little dim but looks sweet when mixed with the blues the PARs on minionsweb aren't that expensive... around 15 bucks a pop...but they can dim, strobe, and are waterproof. which means no need for a dc board or enclosures...
  11. there's a write up on this from thecrazylightlady http://www.crazylightlady.us/LEDStrobes.html
  12. try mrsixteen.com for 12v or minionsweb.com for screw in regular style bulbs
  13. right around christmas eve is the worst by far..... i enjoy it but the law came last year and made me shut it down until the cars cleared out...
  14. i know it's gettin kind of late to order strobes but i figured i'd post these if anyone was interested... http://elexp.com/sec_a40a.htm i have clear, blue, and green and am very pleased with them...they're waterproof, flash 120x a min., and come with threaded studs on the bottom for very easy mounting-
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