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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    None at the moment
  • Location
    St George, Utah, USA
  • Biography
    Ran a wonderful display in Hurricane Utah for many years.
  • Interests
    Christmas light and traveling
  • Occupation
    Mx Program Development
  • About my display
    Unfortunately selling everything due to divorce.

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  1. I hate to say it but I am one of those waiting for LOR II to start sequencing. I know I shouldn't, but I have a good feeling about it coming out this year in time to make it worth it. I usually start later than I shouldanyway. If not I will go back and use songs from the last couple of years. Come on Dan, bring it on baby!!! Sept 17th and times a flying. :] - Darrell
  2. Word of mouth works wonders. We have decided this year not to promote our display at all through the papers or T.V. The traffic just get to congested. We saw the funniest thing this afternoon as we were driving out of the street. The Police dept. has staged signs that say "By Temporary Police order, no parking". They say that they are ready to put them up in front of the driveways and fire hydrants tonight and tomorrow night. :] Big thank to Kevin Dunn who put together a Traffic advisory voice over for me for this weekend!! Tom, careful what you wish for............:]..........every town seems to have that pesky nuisance ordinance. -Darrell
  3. This is the first post where I have literally had tears running down my face.:D The funny thing is that the people on board are the only ones that will think it is that funny!!!!! -Darrell
  4. I found the same thing at our Lowes. They only have a few clear lights left. Our Target is getting wiped out as well. Half of the shelfs are empty with no prospects of restocking for the season. Even the Wal-Marts are starting to look bleak. They are out of alot of the specialty lights and colors. What is happening????????........My after Christmas clearance lights are disappearing. -Darrell :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
  5. XmasLightGuy wrote: I had to cancel the show tonight for high wind. Not a cloud in the sky and the wind was just screaming! I guess thats why they named the city I live in "Hurricane". I quickly had my daughter do a voice over for me and started looping it on the radio with some filler music in between. The wind was just to much for some of the items in my display. I felt very bad because there were a lot of cars stopping and waiting for something to happen until they tuned in and heard the announcement. Tommorow is repair day. Darrell
  6. TED wrote: Unfortunantly, I have worked at several places that do this same exact thing. Walmart didn't invent it, its a business practice used in corporations across the country. (Not meant to be a flame at Ted) :} Here is the funny thing, Southwest Airlines does the same exact thing that Wal-Mart does by having the lowest fare possible to drive out the competition. I don't remember seeing or hearingany city across the USA try to ban SouthWest from flying into there city because they would put AirWisconsin out of business. It all seems (my opinion only) to be relative to what bussiness you are refering to. I have more examples but, well, you know I have those pesky light things to put up in my yard. I shop were I can get what I need at the best price. Just picked up the 5 boxes 300 ct. icicle lights I needed at Target. They were not the best price, but I didn't have time to run all over town when they had just what I needed. Happy Lighting, Darrell
  7. I have tickets to the TSO show on Dec. 9th. Me the wife and my oldest are going. My fav is Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) and I did sequence it last year. I even built a series of bells outlined with lights on plywood to give thebell ringing effect. I have 5 total songs this year only one of them TSO. TSO like other artists are easy to visualize (for me) thelights in my head. I am not supper artistic so visualizing hurts my brain anyway. My favorite song for this year is.......... Amy Grant- Reindeer ride. Only 1:30 long but fun as can be and a catchy beat. Can't wait to see it up and running for real. Darrell
  8. jmccorm wrote: Yes, Yes, Yes!!! :laughing: Hey I learned to "Quote" the right way!! Darrell
  9. jmccorm wrote: And then add onto that the fact that their competition will actually have sales? That is where you can save even more money. _____________________________________________________________________ See this is where I use Wal-Mart's system to save. They ad match all of the other grocery stores. I don't have to travel to all of the grocery stores in town to get the "Sale" prices. I do it all at one store. They also have never asked to see the actual ad to match the price. I should clarify that I do not buy "microwaves" from Wal-Mart to save money. It is the grocery end that I clean up on. Clothes- So,So on prices but I don't shop there for clothes. Electronics- Not so much either. I do pick up new release video pretty cheap but then again they ad match. Automotive- Oil changes are cheap but I don't buy alot of other stuff there. Christmas lights- After Christmas is heaven, along with Target and KMart. Cheaper than Target and Lowes currently on most items I need. I stopped shopping atTarget (for sale items) because20 out 20 timesI went to shop their ad only hours after the store opened they were out the ALL of the sale items I wanted. Me: Hi, do you have the fuzzy blanketsthat are in your ad? Target: Oh those blankets, No we sold out of those already. Me: But you just opened two hours ago and there is no one in your store? Can I get a rain check? Target: Sorry, they were limited quantity? The illusion you speak of only exists if you are "not" using Wal-Martfor the programs they offer.I didn't invent ad match or their return policy but I am a user. :smile: Darrell I hate to edit but I forgot to quote the right way and had to add a separating line.
  10. I have to disagree with this. (Not meant to disrespect Mark) In todays society were it is popular to "hate" Wal-Mart for being Wal-Mart I shop their all the time. They sponsor the local soccer league I am a part of to the tune of $2000+ every year along with TON's of other local organizations. On the flip side my wife who is fund raising coordinator for the soccer league hits up dozens of local Mom and Pop businesses every year and doesn't get a dime. Now one might say that Wal-Mart has more money than the local Mom and Pop store so they can't give like Wal-Mart.As it turn out we have found that the money is generously donated by the local businesses but only to the high school football teams. Its not even given to the high school bands orbaseball teams. But the football team has accumulated new uniforms every year, PA system, score board, etc. Were talking close to $100K a year donated to only ONE of the local high school football teams. I watched in one of the local grocery stores a couple of years ago as customer service went to crap. The cashier didn't say one word to you (seriously) the whole time you spent hundreds of big one's. I spoke with the store manager and told her that it wouldn't be long before another grocery store joined the business community and that the poor customer service they gave would come back to haunt them. She seriously couldn't care less. Then it happened, Wal-Mart announced they would build a store. A year later, Long story short, I went back to this same store in the, middle of the day, just to check it out. They had turned off half of the lights in the store to save money and you had to ring a bell, hooked up to the PA system at the register, to get a cashier to come. Maybe we haveone of thosegood Wal-Marts here, but I can tell you one thing for sure. We have saved enough money shopping at Wal-Mart to put up an additional 15K lights this year. I worked retail in a grocery store for 15 years. I gave great customer service. But for those who have worked retail you know it is a thankless job. The only way to get better customer service, as alluded to before by pixeldigger and jmitchel, you trade good prices for great customer service. You hit the nail on the head. The attitude of local business (in my humble opinion) is that they deserve to exist just because they were here first. : ) If someone hates Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, McDonalds, Applebees, etc because they have had poor customer service, I support you. I don't believe in shopping where you are treated like s***. I also don't believe in tipping a server just becausetheylive off of tips. I believe you are tipping for good service. When I receive good service I go with 20% for tips. I have personally never received poor customer service from Wal-Mart.It hasn't been "great" customer service but only "good". That's not bad in todays society of "I don't care" attitudes. Darrell
  11. Huuummm.... Hanging Santa with lights. Would that be a demented Halloween decoration :devil:or a really sick Christmas decoration? Sorry, couldn't resist.
  12. This one makes me laugh. [*]Defn #4: "I have this great idea to duplicate the front door neon from the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I will not rest until it is done!" The only neighbor who hates my Christmas display said that "Your Christmas display looks like a Las Vegas light show". To which I reply "Thank you". -Darrell
  13. Action Lighting Rocks!!! My order I placed online Sunday fromthe new catalog showed up today. WaaHoooo........
  14. With three children and LOR to support, WalMart has saved me and my family a ton of money. Especially in lights. We have a distribution center and two Walmart stores in our area and I can't wait for them to build one closer to my house. Ican't waitto see the Christmas stuff out at WalMart within the next monthor so. -Darrell
  15. Hi Jeff, Sorry about the delay in answering your question. I have attached a picture of the Ultra Burst lights that I used this last year. Maybe it's just thisbrand of lights that I purchased. I still like the Ultra Burst lights, I just had this one weird experience with them. Darrell
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