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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.

Frank Bustamante

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About Frank Bustamante

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  • Birthday 10/20/1959

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  • Location
    Anaheim Hills CA.
  • Biography
    Work too much .........
  • Interests
    Christmas lights,Fishing, just having fun........
  • Occupation
    Medical device Manufacturing
  • About my display
    I started out last year with 32 channels of LOR you can
    see my video on you tube (search) meandxmaslight.
    this was so much fun :-)
  1. Home Depot still has the Home Accents Holiday,I saw them yesterday they may be from last year? they don`t have very much, They have the Martha Stewart brand but they don`t dim. they have the GE brand color changing lights too. you should be able the get credit for your lights , I don`t know how much you paid but 30 strands is a lot. good luck!
  2. Did this Mike Glover live in Garden Grove Ca. ?
  3. How about using some white spehers for the snow balls? one channel per ball.
  4. Do you live by or in the candy cane lane area? Mile Square? I grew up just north of there. I hope more are out there and we can get a list of active PC people.
  5. Just trying to find out how many Planet Christmas people are in Orange County California? Maybe we can plan a get together while were not putting up lights.
  6. Looks great, I will soon be a first time archer too. I just finished wrapping my second arch 800 lights per arch two more to go. mine are all LEDs cool white are your arches running in sequence two plugs on eight channels?
  7. I wish i can get that much in a day, looks good. How many more lights do you have to put up? mmmmm more progress.
  8. I have used Home depot LEDs for the past two years, I use the C3 size and they work great, just got another 100 bxs. of cool white for some arches.
  9. Yup , started winding the lights for arch or fire sticks. still not sure what to do,i`m adding 32 more channels this year. 64ch this year.
  10. HEY JIM, So here we go again, I started working on my lights for this year i have been wrapping lights for some arches or fire sticks. not quite sure yet, I `m adding 32 more channels this year, cha ching OH just my luck, I was going to to upgrade the software for LOR and found out that my laptops ( OLD ) processor is not big enough. So you might guess whats next. DARN IT. Hey but its all worth it, stop by when you see me out front or the garage door is open.

  11. Thanks for the Birthday greeting, oh so old hehehehehe young at heart......

  12. Hey Tom, That looks great! How far apart did you have those boards in the pic? I like the way it looks, Cool idea. Did you have those boards covered with anything and did the transformers hold up when flashing with LOR? SORRY about all the Q,S but i like it:) .
  13. Yeah Chuck , Fire Stick has a good ring to it. I think I am going to make some this year, Looks like I need to get some more LOR ?
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