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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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    1. So, a little bit of back story, back when I was a kid (probably 10 years ago or so) my Dad was a huge blow mold collector. We didn't have a lot, maybe about 10-15 or so that we would put out in the yard each Christmas. What he had done was at the bottom of each blow mold, he had cut a 1x2 piece of wood and glued it, then basically took 2x4 and staked the blow molds into the ground. Now onto my question.... For two years now I have been thinking about adding a Nativity Scene (of some sort) to my outdoor display. This past weekend, I took a drive up to Bronners in Frankenmuth (the world'
    2. Sent you a PM about the Mega Tree Lights.
    3. Thanks for the input. I wasn't planning on having the connections in the gutter as well, just the excess cord and have the connection hang over the edge while being zip-tied to the gutter. Due to lack of power, one of my controllers is going to be positioned on one side of the house; and the way it worked out, I have 3 channels on that controller that are in-between (distance-wise) this and another controller. I'm figuring its only a 20' run through the gutter. In thinking about it, I may just run the cords on top of the gutters (zip-tie them to the nails holding the gutters onto the house
    4. Being someone who has gutters that are up to 20' high in some places, and also being someone who doesn't like heights, I bought a Decorating Pole with Adapter on Amazon for $12.99 (the product page on Amazon.com is right here: http://www.amazon.com/Dyno-Seasonal-Solutions-97444-312-Decorating/dp/B000FT1JKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1300479322&sr=8-1. However, when I received it via UPS a few days ago, I went to try it out on the gutters, and I couldn't get my gutter clips to stay on the adapter. Looking at the box and "not-detailed" directions that came with it, this
    5. So, I recently order 60 pairs of attach-on plugs from Paul at CDI (ordered them on Tuesday, delivered today) and went to Home Depot yesterday and bought 250' of 18-2 lamp cord to go with the 18-2 plugs that I got from CDI. However, in sitting down and planning out my display for this year, how do you usually determine what size cords to make? Do you actually go out in the yard and "estimate" the length of each cord that you will need. I ordered 60 pairs, but am expecting to make about 100 cords total. Second question, when you guys are hanging lights on your gutters, has anyone ever run
    6. Yeah, I would end up making my own cables as well, so it looks like I'll be using Cat5 cable. Thanks for the suggestion!
    7. In the process of planning out my display for next year, and I'm trying to think about what I am going to use to connect my LOR controllers together. Recommended by LOR is either phone cable or Cat5 cable, so which one is more effective/efficient? Phone Cable is a little bit cheaper than Cat5 according to my calculations, but I need something that's able to withstand the elements and is efficient enough to run through sidewalk arches, through gutters, and in underground conduit. That being said, what's your opinion on this? It will end up going out my living room window, so how do you re
    8. In terms of the musical performance, there have been better performances in previous halftime shows. It started bad when Fergie went to sing and her mic was not even on, and from watching it again on YouTube, it looked like they were screaming into the microphones since they weren't being loud enough. I was watching it at a Super Bowl Party with about 60 people, and the general consensus among all of us was "What did we just watch?" since it was pretty bad. In terms of the lighting and special effects, everything could have been better, especially the DMX lighting on the stage during th
    9. What does everyone here use for soldering the parts together for the PC Board Kit? I've been looking online at some of the soldering gun/irons (I don't know the correct term) but want to know what I should be looking forward. Any ideas/suggestions would be great. I just received my first two controller kits and can't wait to get to work on putting them together. Thanks! Paul
    10. Thanks for the suggestions. I have thought about mounting the card in a small plastic container (like a Tupperware container) and then stick that container into a wood-like box painted to look like a Christmas Present. I think something like that will work. I'm still thinking about it. Thanks for the suggestions. Paul
    11. So, today I made my first controller purchase from LOR, I bought two of the 16 Channel PC controller kits (CTB16PC Kit) along with a Basic Plus license for the software. However, after submitting my order and due to the fact that I'm trying to save a little bit of money, I realized I didn't purchase the enclosures, due to the fact that I didn't upgrade to the "High-Power" heatsink. So, I'm wondering. does anyone have any "creative ideas" on cheap enclosures for these units? Since I am on a real tight budget for next year, I'm trying to save some money, so any and all ideas will be
    12. I would probably say 90% of my lights are mini, most of which I've purchased over the past two years. I do have the spreadsheet from qwartzhill, so I've been using that and playing with that. Looks like I'll be doing some homework over the next couple of weeks researching the controllers I want to purchase. Thanks for all of the help.
    13. I only use mini lights and LED in my display. I originally was using C7s and C9s on my house, but the power usage was so high that I stopped using them, Figure I plan on having 10,000 lights on my house, if I space everything out enough among either 3 or 4 controllers, I should be alright with 20 amps correct?
    14. So, I think I'm going to ask the crucial question- how do you power your controllers? I am guessing that most of you have dedicated circuits for your lights. However, since I'm just starting out, I have two outlets on a 20amp circuit that I plan on using to power my show for next year. But, I've spent the last week trying to plan out how I want to do it. And then the answer came to me- for my shed in my backyard, I have the power for that (30amp) on its own circuit. So what I was thinking was that I could run two extension cords from outlets back there (probably about 100' or so) and th
    15. I took a look at the christmaslightshow.com site and they've got some good stuff there. I'm done shopping for stuff right now, till the "after-christmas" sales popup, but I've put that site on my list to look at when the time is right. What is the difference between SPT-1 and SPT-2 wire? They look like the same, but can someone tell me the difference? Does it really matter which one I purchase, or is it just "personal preference"?
    16. Thanks for the responses guys, I really do appreciate it. I actually went on a "shopping frenzy" today, picking up over 1,500 lights, several LED snowflakes, and about a dozen candy canes, since I started seeing stuff on sale. I have one question regarding power cords and such. I've seen the recommendation of creating your own extension cords, since you can then make them custom lengths, and I'm thinking about doing that. However, how difficult/easy is it to do, is it something that a newbie such as myself can do? I'm seeing extension cords that are 50' long for $20 and I would have to sp
    17. Hi Craig, Thanks for the response. I've been playing with the LOR software and have taken pictures of my house and have been coloring on them with crayons to design what I want to do. I've been buying up lights like crazy (have picked up an additional 4,000 lights already) and have been designing display elements for my small, but large enough, front yard. I'm thankful that I have over a year to figure it all out, but I'm sure that "time sure flies when you're having fun." Thanks, Paul
    18. So, since my static display is already up and running for this year, I'm looking to go to using LOR for my display next year, either 32 channel or 64 channel, not sure on the size yet because I haven't planned out my display elements yet. Now, I know that I obviously need to purchase my controllers, most likely probably during the summer sale that LOR has every year. But, the question I have, in terms of being a "newbie" with LOR, is "Where do I begin in my planning for next year?". I've downloaded the demo software and have started playing with it, but do I start planning on the placeme
    19. Maybe I should clarify. I'm not worried about the pole blowing away, since its buried in cement that is about 4' in clay and rock. What worries me is that we'll get some gusty winds like we've had in the past couple of weeks, and all of the lights and stuff will come down and I'll have a pile where the tree is supposed to be. To answer your question, the top of the pole is sealed off with what looks to be a black PVC cap of some sort. I was looking at possibly making a star or something to put up there that in turn could hold all of the lights together. Hopefully I can come up with som
    20. OK, I've been wanting to try to do a mega tree in my static display for the last couple of years, but never had anytime during setup to try it. Now, since I'm early, I'm going to try to see if it will work. I've got a basketball net that I am planning on using for my Mega-Tree Pole, which is approximately 9' high. Anyone have any idea what I could do to make this work, in terms of setting it up and not having it "blow-away" with the first gust of wind. I know that I'm going to have to make some sort of tree-topper with a star and a way for the light strings to connect to the pole, but ha
    21. To tell you the truth, now I'm confused. It looked so good on paper until I wrote it here. Oh well, I'll think of something. On the bright side, I just went to Home Depot and spent $20 on individual lights. Usually I wait until after Christmas to buy when stuff is on sale, but I'm antsy to get started. Oh, I cannot wait till Thanksgiving to get started. Paul
    22. I've got two neighbors over there- one who is the nice neighbor who is 500 feet away; and the other one who is 50 feet away who has the privacy fence butting up against the front of the subdivision. My bad on the confusion. I've never done anything with solar or battery power. How much would the equipment for that cost? I like the idea of a huge mega tree. May have to do something with that. Have never used LOR so now might be a good time to experiment with it.
    23. I was originally thinking of approaching the neighbor, but he has been very rude to several of my neighbors, and I would hate to start anything between us. The builder of the subdivision is hated by several residents in the older subdivision because of the fact that 4 years ago, this entire area was wooded and full of habitat; and now it is 20% filled with homes and occasionally has a groundhog or two. But that's about it. I don't want to do anything permanent, since I don't know what will happen to this sign once the subdivision is completed. It could be torn down or whatever. I was
    24. I've been browsing these forums for a little over a year now as a guest, but figured that I would register to get your advice. I live in a "fairly new" (about 3-4 years old) subdivision that is in the process of being built from an older subdivision. At the entrance to our subdivision is our sign and about 6-8 shrubs/bushes. One of my neighbors (there are 8 families occupying houses here- 10 built total) wondered if we should try to decorate it with lights or something, to possibly welcome anyone who drives through. Since it belongs to the association (which isn't formed yet), we can dec
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