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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.

Rocky777

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About Rocky777

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  • Birthday 02/04/1973

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    Las Vegas
  • Biography
    I am very artsy and a jack of all trades master of none.
  • Interests
    NASCAR, NHRA, airbrushing, painting
  • Occupation
    Lighting Specialist
  • About my display
    My display is very small, but I am looking for ideas to grow and control my display.

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  1. Awesome info dmoore! I am a sponge right now trying to take in all I can from everywhere. I would like to get as much info as I can then put a plan together for 2011. This will give me all year to build and be ready for my first show.
  2. Thanks bud I am cruising around there right now.
  3. I am really leaning strongly to DIY. I can get by the software, the fact of making the statement I built all of my controllers is really cool. I love the forums and think there would be plenty of support to help me through. I have been reading about the Renard SS boards in the 8, 16, 24 channel configuration. Looks like I need to do some research on the Lynx Express's they keep popping up. Thank you guys for your opinions. Rocky
  4. Ok so I have researching and researching. I would like your opinion. Do I buy LOR? Do I build my own Renard SS24's and use Light Show Pro? It appears that the DIY way gets you more bang for your buck, but it also appears the LOR is a very easily intigrated strong system to just grab and go off the shelf.....AWWWWWGG Which way to go? Thanks for time in advance Rocky
  5. These trees look like the ticket for me....One question. How did ya stake them into the ground and do you have pictures of the method? Thanks Rocky
  6. Welcome to the Addiction!! :giggle: It only starts witha thought...then look out your building, and building, and building....WOW There are so many cool ideas and great people on this site to help you get going and point you in the right direction. Just a great family to be apart of. Have fun!!
  7. I think he hired the wrong people to do that display...There are a lot better shows that I have seen from us PC members...just a let down for me I was expecting a lot more.
  8. Thank you all for your input...I just got done downloading the LOR software to start playing with it. Going to take baby steps and see where we go. I do know that after the little display I put up this year with no computer control that I will be making my own extension cords for sure. As for lights from an after Christmas sale...I think we are all in the same boat.....there are just none to be had across the country.
  9. Guys, I am making the move next year to LOR. What is the best to start with from LOR? Is there a good time of the year to buy that's better than another? Looking for advice on making the first step into complete craziness...LOL :giggle: Thanks Rocky
  10. ok here is my fourth lil guy I was workingon last night. I still have some more paint work to do on him, but he should be complete tonight. Then that leaves me the roof top penguin cutout and my tall stack of penguins to go...my wife says I have until Thursday night....Looks like no sleep again for a few days.
  11. Well I was up till 3 am, but well worth it. I have 3 cutouts complete and I have hats for them that I need to add, but they will be in the ground tonight. My fourth guy is almost finished. Check out the next post.
  12. Thank you guys for the compliments... Joe feel free to copy away and you are very correct sleep is overrated...I was up till 3am last night...LOL Here is a shot of the presents installed on the wall with my Spongebob blowup for the kids. I don't have LOR, it's on my list for next year if my wife approves it. :giggle: What I did get for them is a Rocox 3 point chase flasher....so they blink on chasing up the wall to Spngebob 1, 2, 3. So is it wrong that as soon as I put them up I came up with a way to improve the look of them for next year...LOL Cutout update on the next post
  13. Just something that I am sure you have checked, but maybe the zipper is still open from when you deflated last year.
  14. 50% off of nothing really isn't a good deal....LOL :giggle: Everything is cleaned out in Las Vegas too
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