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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.

Tim Thompson

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About Tim Thompson

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  • Birthday 09/25/1967

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    Tomball Tx
  • Biography
    Just a guy who loves to make others smile during the holidays and any other time for that matter.

    This will be just my second year using LOR so I need all the advice I can get. Looking to buy more controllers too. Only have 4 now.
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    Golf and Christmas Lights!
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    Photographer
  • About my display
    Nothing too big as of now. 8 mini trees, 9 6ft trees, talking santa face, shrubs, trees, inflatables, ply cutouts, floods, C9 LED and incan, small arches.

    This will be my first year with a display. Last year I rushed a 16 channel show up 2 weeks before Christmas. Only got 5 songs sequenced but liked it allot. Now Im hooked and ready to go big, baby steps for now though.

    I plan on having at least 64 channels this year but hope to have 80 or more.

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  1. Both, but probably mainly non. This would be more of a secular night with just some great tunes from the 80's.
  2. I found this Christmas Tree song 3 days ago and thought I had the perfect song when it first came on. Then I heard the lyrics and it saddened me greatly. No one has answered the question yet as to whether or not they can edit the song properly so that it has better lyrics. I would LOVE to hear it, I just dont think its possible.
  3. Dont have a clue how my post went up twice and totally different times? I am baffled on that one.
  4. Pm was sent, not sure I am in time or not though.
  5. Pm was sent, not sure I am in time or not though.
  6. I'd like the new one. Is it any shorter than the old one though because it was almost 8 minutes?
  7. Anyone have any suggestions for 80's songs that were upbeat and would show well for lights?
  8. Same thing with me on shipping and cost, but I am interested in 100 each of 100 ct minis in red, green, and clear.
  9. Oh, and the one I posted is from a commercial also. Just not nearly as old as the 60's and 70's versions of "I'd like to teach the world to sing". Those are for sure the classics though. You never forget commercials like that.
  10. Let me work on it a bit. Its got to be out there somewhere. I would like to have that one too. If it cant be found, I know there is a way to extract the audio from a video file. Im just not sure how you do it right now. Havent ever had a reason for needing to know. Im pretty sure it can be done though. You might want to research it. I will post here if I find the song. I will look tonight and post here if I find anything. Tim
  11. Went and got this one! Nice suggestion here. I have heard it before but never knew the name. Thanks Depper!
  12. You can get it here. http://sinan.ussakli.net/basstest/ I re-found it in the TXH thread. :giggle:
  13. Nevermind. I found it. My apologies.
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