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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.

brownjm74

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About brownjm74

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  • Birthday 09/21/1974

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    http://www.brownchristmaslightshow.com

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  • Location
    Mason, MI
  • Biography
    Excited to use my LOR system
  • Interests
    Model Railraoading, Photography, RC Naval Combat
  • Occupation
    Geologist
  • About my display
    2nd year with LOR, now with 112ch and +50,000 lights

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  1. brownjm74

    Acdc

    For those who are attending ACDC, I have items for sale posted on my website that I will bring (if sold and if space allows for items not sold before hand). http://www.brownchri...-sale-page.html
  2. For those who are attending ACDC, I have items for sale posted on my website that I will bring (if sold and if space allows for items not sold before hand). http://www.brownchri...-sale-page.html
  3. brownjm74

    Acdc

    For those who are attending ACDC, I have items for sale posted on my website that I will bring (if sold and if space allows for items not sold before hand). http://www.brownchri...-sale-page.html
  4. For those who are attending ACDC, I have items for sale posted on my website that I will bring (if sold and if space allows for items not sold before hand). http://www.brownchristmaslightshow.com/acdc-sale-page.html
  5. I'm going to be there. It looks like it will be a great time! They also should have a tentative schedule out soon.
  6. Best of luck with the surgery Doug! Our thoughts are with ya.
  7. brownjm74

    Spiral Tree

    I did 1.75 turns with 20ft tree and 12ft base. I have 32 strings of 150ct mini-lights (aprox 33' long) on 16ch. Jeremy B.
  8. My problem is usually the Mega-Spiral Tree. I have 32 strings of 150ct lights on 16ch (LOR) which I converted to 20A with a 12 gage power cord. With all of them on I draw 17.33A. This is usually enough amps that if my connections were damp it would pop the GFCI (even if they were elevated and in a box). So this year I put window silicone sealer from a caulk tube in and on the outside of my extension cord connections and so far no GFCI's tripping!
  9. Here is a "How To" that I have on my website, Sorry I don't have photos of the Sub-Panel. How To: http://www.brownchristmaslightshow.com/electrical.html My 10 - 20A GFCI outlets photo
  10. Yes, it collects in the bottom. The pole detaches from the base and in the bottom of the pole is a pressure testing plug that you remove and the money is right there.
  11. I used 4" PVC so I could make it a "drive up" donation box. I have included a photo here and click on the link for more. http://www.brownchri...north-pole.html
  12. I like the Frankenmuth as a place. Becides they even have a brewery (just a side bonus)!
  13. I would attend if there was one. I have attend the LUO (Light-up-Ohio) mini, but wasn't able to make it this year. Based on what Jeff and Bill (from LUO) it is a lot of work to set up an Mini, but that depends on how involved it is. I don't have the time to help set one up but I would be there in attendance. Jeremy B.
  14. I also have a 20 foot Mega-Spiral Tree with Darryl's 3D rope light star. I didn't use the 3D effect because I didn't have enough channels, however I will be fixing that problem with the LOR Summer Sale! I don't have a night time photo, but if you click on this link below to one of my videos and fast forward to 0:48 you can see how it looks. Hope this helps,
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