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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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About soccerules

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  • Birthday 02/19/1992

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  • Location
    Shelbyville, IN
  • Biography
    Im a senior in high school with this being my first year of synchronized lights.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, boating, piano
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    This is my first year with computer controlled lights. I took the 10,000 static lights that I had last year and hooked them up to a CTB16 controller i purchased as a kit.
  1. I double and triple checked my show sequences before I turned the display on for the year. I removed the channel from all of my sequences so it cant be going off with any one of the sequences. Also, it never goes off at the same time in the show, and I dont believe it is during the same song either. Like tonight, we pulled into the driveway and the sign was on and working, but then once my shoes were off and I looked out the front window, it was out???
  2. I have my donation box and sign lights on a background sequence that runs through the entire show. However, it will randomly shut off in the middle of the show. It doesnt happen nightly, but it has happened at least 5 or 6 times. It also doesnt happen at the same time during the show. I have seen it shut off 10 minutes into the show and then 2 hours into the show. This is a frustrating issue and it is annoying to keep running an extension chord in the middle of the show to fix the problem. Does anybody have any idea what the problem could be?????
  3. Hey everybody! This is my first post on here and my first year to have arches. Its only my second year programming and my first year of college so I am trying to be efficient with my time thats why im asking for help. I have mastered the basic chasing on arches, but what other designs and patterns work well for arches? Any suggestions at all would be extremely helpful. Im also a visual person so screen images are great! Thanks for the help!
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