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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. I haven't seen all DVD players, but the players I have do have this function.
  2. dburg30 wrote: I vote we go with your prices. 100 warm white C6's for just over a dollar! I sawothers that looked suspiciously low too.
  3. dburg30 wrote: I vote we go with your prices. 100 warm white C6's for just over a dollar! I sawothers that looked suspiciously low too.
  4. pixeldigger wrote: Maybe not in South Alabama, but in North Alabama Lowe's does have LED's. At least last week they still had some, but not many.
  5. tfischer wrote: As far as I know, nobody got it - I did explain it to my wife and other family members. Since it only played once per night and since my hours aren't published it is doubtful that many people saw it. The audio part is obvious, but I figured the binary part would pretty much be an inside joke for us. On nights when I left the radio on in the house, if my child heard the countdown, he would run to the front door to watch everything come on.
  6. Here is my version of the THX deep note that I used as my startup sequence at the start of each night. That's my 4 year old that you hear towards the end. Also for the geeks among us, what you see at the start is a part of my binary countdown clock I did with my minitrees that lets you know how long until the show starts. http://home.hiwaay.net/~dslowik/LOR/StartupSequence.mpg
  7. lax wrote: I've got some purple mini's that I don't need and haven't been used that I'd be will to sell. They are not LED though. Send me a PM if you are interested.
  8. Don wrote: Actually if you buy the director card, you don't need a PC to run the show at all.
  9. christmaslightman wrote: Yes, I am using LOR and constantly loop through 7 synchronized songs.
  10. christmaslightman wrote: I'm in SE Huntsville on Lily Flagg Circle off of Weatherly Rd. We've also got Alabama_Santain Harvest with a nice display. You can go hereto see who has listed themselves as living in Alabama. I see that you are using X10 to control your lights. Where are you located at?
  11. mschell wrote: Sorry, I thought I had, but kingsislandtechservicesgot it right. http://www.hyperlinktech.com/web/weatherproof_wireless_enclosure.php They also maintain a presence on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330048064033
  12. I love the Ritetime boxes that were available at Home Depot a couple years ago. They are a perfect size for mounting a LOR CTB16D (and probably other stuff). I also love how light it is (4 lbs) and it's strength (I found my 4 year old sitting on one last night). I finally used up my entire stash and have been looking for a good replacement. Last week I stumbled across the identical enclosure without the ritetime logo on it. It is exactly the same in every way (including the packing material). The only drawback is that Ritetime was out of business so Home Depot had the enclosures clearanced from $4 - $10, I think. This company is alive and well, so the boxes are full price. They are currently priced at $32.50 per box in multiples of 4. You can buy singles at a higher price. My 4 just arrived an hour ago and I'll be mounting some cards tonight.
  13. chakorules wrote: Twice I've sat close (front row last night) and twice further back, just off the floor. I think they are both fine, but you do get a different view of concert. Sitting further back allowed you to take in the whole stage and what was going on. Sitting close you experice a more intimate performace without any side distractions of. You don't see the whole stage in one view. My 4 year old, who was dancing at the time, got a kick out of Al Pitrelli making eye contact directly with him and giving him a smile. Also bear in mind that TSO splits into two touring groups (called East and West). The West group does not have a drum solo, but East does.
  14. mrlights2000 wrote: If you just want to buy something, then this would probably work.
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