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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.
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alfram

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About alfram

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    Happy to join the madness
  • Birthday 04/30/1968

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  • Location
    Rhode Island
  • Biography
    It all started with icicle lights every Christmas until my present neighbor moved in and started filling up his front yard with decorations.Had to add a couple more strings to my house.
  • Interests
    xmas lights,paintball,videography,car stereos(SPL),boxing,rugby,football,RC helicopters,gym,All Pro Football 2K8(XBOX360)
  • Occupation
    forklift driver, but I have been asked if I worked for the electric company.lol
  • About my display
    Just a couple of light-strings on our modest home.Nothing much.

    Started using LOR for 2009 display.
    Built a smaller version of a mega tree.(More like a "medium tree.")Added arches,fans,mini trees and firesticks.Very modest.

    A couple of people stopped by at first and it got a little busier as more people heard about it.

    I think the planning and setting up part is a lot of fun.Probably going to add a couple more strings and channels for 2010.

    2010 I added a couple more channels and light strings.A couple of cars a night stopped by to enjoy it.Kids enjoy it the most.Makes it all worth-while.
    It has gotten a little busier than last year.

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  1. Hi there fellow Rhodies.. Been at it for a couple of years now with a small display.Just a couple of light strings and a couple of channels to help make the neighborhood look festive. Owen
  2. it all depends on how smooth you want the chase to look.The more channels you have the smoother it's going to look.My first year I did 6 channels on 20' arch.The 2nd year I had 6 channels on 10' arches.Looked much smoother. You could improve the smoothness by using the fade up and fade down on the channels imo.
  3. BHays had a thread here but it's lost during the various site upgrades.Here is a link to the pictures of his fireworks project: http://www.facebook....78690742&type=1
  4. Totally agree.Need top pay homage to the trail blazers!!
  5. Chuck Downs' display has his trees clapping in this video.It's at the 2:35 mark.
  6. meibe u shoold prooof-reed ya poust b4 poustn, jusst sayn
  7. http://www.mobileblackbox.com/content/view/42/76/ This is what I used..great little unit.
  8. You cannot claim the money you collect because it's someone else's money.You are merely the person who collects the money and pass it on to the charity.Now if you donated money out of your own pocket, then you can claim that.This is from an IRS guy that I know.
  9. You have to contact the charity first to get their permission/fill out some paperwork and you should be ready to go.They are all more than happy to have you collect donations on their behalf.
  10. All power to you..you have to know your visitors/ IMO..Personally I like the music but I wouldn't use it in my display.I .
  11. I like to leave the house and go far away...Just sick of seeing cars lined up in front of my house night after night after night.It's like Ground Hog Day. It was fun at first, but it has gotten really old.
  12. Chuck Downs has several trees waving(51 sec mark) and it looks spectacular.He uses a lift to wrap his trees.
  13. Ordered mine from the same place(great folks over there) and received it-great little invention
  14. Larsens Christmas Light Show! 750,000 LED Lights, 4 Mega Trees, 10 Dancing Poles, 500 Strobes, 24 Mini Trees, 20 Raintrees, 10 Shooting stars, 6 DMX Lasers, 14 LED Floods and 476 Computer Animated Light O Rama channels! 3 Month's to set up.
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