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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 jihans

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    • Birthday 03/27/1964

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Chevy Chase of course!
    • Location
      Palmer TWP, PA
    • Biography
      New in 2009.
    • Interests
      Outdoors, hiking, cycling
    • Occupation
      Executive Director
    • About my display
      80 channels LOR. 25,000 LED lights

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    1. How much for the candles?

    2. I would just sign the check over to the charity and give it to them. Endorse the back of the check and write. For deposit only by "charity name".
    3. On from when I put them up until I take them down. No reason to power down. They use almost no power during the day. All mine are plugged into GFCI plugs so no safety issue. Timers are just one more link in the chain of things that can go wrong. For example, unless your timer has a battery backup a power outage during the day can cause your controllers to come on late even though your show starts on time (assuming your computer has battery backup or your using a dcMP3 director which has battery backup.)
    4. Looks great. Can't wait to see videos.
    5. Point the female ends down. In some cases I put those plastic caps you put in outlets to prevent kids from sticking things in it.
    6. Think long and hard about wether you really want to do it. Our ego says "cool", the huge potential increase in traffic could spell trouble! Lots of threads on this and the potential pitfalls. Caution is the operative word.
    7. I would be cautious of this. I have found that tape and plastic bags tend to hold water and moisture in and do a relatively poor job of keeping it out. Raise your connection points off the ground (I pound a small stake in the ground and zip tie the cord to it) and point your open female ends down as best you can and you shouldn't have any issues.
    8. I think that depends on where you got your strobes from. As gmac and I stated, the CDI ones didn't have a condensation issue for us so no holes needed to be drilled in ours. The link that xxnonamexx posted appears to show that the strobes from Christmas Light Show need holes drilled in them. Strobes from other than these two.... I just can't guess.
    9. I film off of a ladder and tripod as well. Fro sound, I have a small radio next to the camera, not too loud just so I can hear it. I then edit the video in Windows Movie Player which is a free program. You can then import in the original MP3... adjust it so it is timed correctly and then the music will sound perfect with the video.
    10. I try to do everything in groups or multiples of 4 as it makes it easier to work in time to the music. For example, 4 windows across the front of the house, 8 mini trees, 12 section mega tree. When I sequence I also divide my display into sections.... House...mini trees...mega tree..... Left side of yard....etc. I try to use the different sections for different aspects of the song....rhythm, beat, tempo, melody, specific instruments (piano), etc.
    11. I have used 75 LED strobes I got from CDI for several years now and have no problem with condensation. I have read of others with issues but the CDI ones work great.
    12. Friday after thanksgiving every year.
    13. What I do with my LED strobes is "pre-charge" them. For 1-2 seconds before I want them on I sequence them at on 10%. This isn't enough for them to show up in the display but when they click to 100% in the sequence they are randomized.
    14. jihans


      Since you are planning to go the LOR route next year, if you're buying LEDs make sure what you buy are dimmable. Not all big box store ones are.
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