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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.

Jim Houk

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About Jim Houk

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  • Birthday 02/26/1970

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    Clinton, MO
  • Biography
    second year with LOR
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    lately, Christmas lights
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    64 channel LOR

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  1. Thank you very much, all very good ideas. I will check the drain holes, and I think I will invest in some washers. Jim Houk
  2. Good thought, I will, I also thought about silicone, but was also concerned about being able to easily change them when needed.
  3. I am trying to head off a small problem that I had this last season, OK a big pain. We had quite a bit of rain, and then the snow, I know welcome to MO been here my whole life. The shingle clips that I have place the C9s at a verticle position. They put off a lot of light this way, and really stand out which I like, but the rain collects in the socket or the wet snow that collected on the roof melts again gathering in the socket, and I guess stops the connection. The light goes out and there I go up the ladder again, pull the bulb, empty the water, plug the string back in and it works again. I know I could buy new clips and place them in a different position, but I like the verticle position, and I bought a truck load of these clips at about 60% discount. Any safe, great, or good ideas! I mean the ladder thing is gettin old, and I have a 3 story 115 year old victirorian house with a lot of roof lines. What is the best way to maybe make, or install some type of seal between the bulb and socket. (I'm gettin old, and my legs are tired, oh yeah my wife told me I was starting to curse over it!) Thanks, Jim
  4. Sounds Great!, is there a website with all of the sign up info and directions, or will it all be in this forum ? Can't Wait, Jim Houk
  5. I plan on making it to one if at all possible. I have been checking for info and details as they are announced, hope to see you all there. Jim
  6. I hope to attend one somewhere, We have just accomplished our first animated display,and the first for our town with LOR, around 20k lights. Great response from media and everyone in and around our town for that matter. New to the planet, been learning from some of you guys by just listening, thought I would jump in and introduce myself. We are about 90 miles south of Kansas City MO, and about 90 Miles North of Springfield MO, Hello from Clinton MO! Jim Houk
  7. I hear ya and wish I could do that too, but not on cop and school teacher salaries, and four children. A 100 minis for .75 vs. 7.50 is the way we have to do things for now. It can stink when the items you want are already gone, but we have adjusted, and sometimes just built part of our display with available items. Our town has sure loved it and gave us alot of radio, news paper, and personal PR, and our kids, they had a blast. By the way nice to meet all, kinda new to the planet, just landed. We put up our first animated display this year with LOR 48 channel and around 20k lights outside on our three story victorian, and six interior trees on the inside facing our street ( try to overhaul 115 year old house and be addicted to Christmas lights, call us a cross of Tom Hanks-The Money Pit and The Griswalds-Christmas Vacation! Anyway thought I would jump in here, I have been lurking around here listing and learning from you guys for a little while now. So. HELLO! from Clinton MO. Jim Houk
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