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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.

Joker4452

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About Joker4452

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  • Birthday 12/03/1981

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  • Location
    Canton, OH
  • Biography
    I am a father of 2 kids, married and a christmas light lover
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, Boy scouts, and Model trains
  • Occupation
    Stay at home dad
  • About my display
    Currenty, i have about 3,000 static lights and the only lights in my neighbor hood. Next year i plan on stepping up to 10,000 with animation
  1. Put it up a little early to see what I had and i was shocked that it actually looked decent!
  2. I should have got one as well, after testing the mega, I could really use 16 more channels to play with! With S3 taking so long those might be the last ones to go up for sale this year!
  3. PS, if you have tips on sequencing a mega\, please contact me!
  4. Well I thought about posting this as it's own little thing, but wow....That was an adventure! Was great meeting you guys and had a a lot of fun. The reason this post is so late though, on my Way back to Canton my Jeep broke down at about 10:30pm right outside of Columbus! I made it home about an hour ago and unpacked it all. I talked to the family and the auctioneer a bit before I left, thankfully we found jumper cables so we could leave. They were impressed and confused on why we had come so far and paid so much for "some lights" and I explained. 1) We are completely insane 2) We all thought that the other bidders would not be there 3) It is Christmas all year for us and even if we bought 2 things or 20000 LEDs we were not only there for the lights.We were also there to make sure her husbands items were lit up in 2011 BUT, I am now the PROUD owner of the 20' Mega and I cannot wait to put it up and light it up...might do it this weekend just to satisfy myself
  5. According to the auction site the auction is still being help on the 19th
  6. They are NOMA, but no idea on age, the guy thinks they are actually Fiberglass, but I have no clue until I see them in person, there are cracks and 2 of the signs on the bottom are broken. What would be a decent price on these?
  7. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

  8. Was goofing around today and made a Video with my lights and Rockband...I hope csmith approves it so it is on here, but if not, check my profile for my youtube link!!!

  9. My wife and I got bored today and set up some Christmas Lights in our living room. I synced them to a song, Rammstien's Du Hast, and recorded it. Let us know what you think!!!!
  10. Is it a bad thing that in my first year of "animated lighting" my friends already think I am nuts?

  11. Yes, they are al i could get my hands on, in proper #s this season...2012, should be going at least 3 color on everything
  12. Exactly as I thought. The info I learned here helped so much, but seeing it done helps so much more, not taking away from the people here...without them I would not have even made it to the point of making the video!!
  13. Hold the phone.....inline female for spt...where!!!!!
  14. WELCOME TO PC!!!!!! This is my first year doing animation and after going through this site for a year I feel like an expert, but I know there are another 6 million things to lear...good luck and feel free to ask me anything...if I cannot provide you with the info I will point you in the direction of the person that can help!!!
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