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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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    1. Mine is in the garage. Could you have the Cat5 cross under a porch or over your front door to prevent crossing the sidewalk?
    2. A lot of people seem to suggest that song, but for some reason I'm not really a fan of the group. Thanks for the suggestion though.
    3. I want to include a version of Joy to the World in my show. I had the Mannheim Steamroller version ready to be sequenced, but I decided I had too much MS in my show, so I'm looking for another version. Does anyone know of any versions that are good for light shows? Thanks!
    4. That's really cool. I've noticed a lot more houses in my neighborhood decorate for halloween this year too. It's fun to see all the displays, no matter how small. We had a lot more houses decorate for christmas last year too and we saw some larger displays as well (not PC caliber, but larger than normal).
    5. I've looked at Novelty Lighting, Christmas Light Show, and CDI looking for the cheapest form of SPT wire. Christmas Light Show has 1,000 feet of SPT1 for $115, and that's the best price I've found. Is there anywhere else I should look that may have a better price?
    6. I'm just curious, how did you arrive at $150 an outlet? I'm seeing GFCI outlets going for $15-$30 depending on some features on Lowes.com.
    7. I don't have snow to worry about, so I leave mine lit until the Saturday before the sunday that the epiphany is celebrated. I completely take the display down that sunday. (or at least put it all in the garage). The yard is usually covered with extension cords for about a week after that.
    8. Maybe you could add most creative. There are people in my neighborhood who have bigger displays than me, but they're just a bunch of inflatables. Anyone can do that! See what people can come up with, and if someone really does go animated, you could pull the animation award in the creativity category.
    9. Well with my halloween display construction, I realized that I used all of my extension cords on a 13 channel display that I thought would be enough for my 32 channel display. I know I was warned, but I guess it didn't sink in until now. So as a solution, I'm planning on making my own extension cords. I found christmaslightshow.com and they looked like they had good products for the job. Does anyone have any previous experience with them? Would you reccomend them? My other question is about the wire type. It said that they had SPT1 or SPT2 wire. What is the difference between the
    10. Yes, I really need a colored flamethrower. lol Seriously though, good article!
    11. I agree with that. I'm not a neat freak, but I like my display to look neat and "too perfect". That ironically usually requires more lights and I'm on a budget so I don't think I capture that look very well, but I'm always working towards that.
    12. I was just in Wal Mart today and they had a bunch of shipping boxes of christmas stuff on the floor, but they were in the process of shrink-wrapping them and putting them up at the very top of the shelves. I heard from someone on here that Wal Mart isn't starting christmas until November 1.
    13. That's interesting, I saw a lot more houses decorate in my neighborhood last year than the previous year. I think the categories are pretty good, but unless you have several people who you know already own a Mr. Christmas, you may want to cut the animated display category. You probably won't find many (if any) people go to all the trouble to animate if they did nothing before.
    14. I went to Home Depot today and they had Holiday Accent extension cords in the electric section, but not a hint of Christmas or Halloween in the seasonal section. Their garden center was completely packed floor to ceiling with Christmas shipping boxes though (not for sale yet). I'll go back after Halloween to check it out. Home Depot isn't very convenient for me.
    15. I was at a Lowes accross town from me today and they had about 1/2 the stuff my local Lowes has.
    16. Those are the people who are reading the forums, but don't have an account. They can read the forums, but they can't post.
    17. I tried it once with sequentially and once with concurrently and it did the same thing both times.
    18. Ok, well I've been working all day, and I'm about 5 minutes away from having my Halloween Light-O-Rama show finished. I currently have 1 animation and 1 musical sequence that I want in my show. I went into the Show Editor and added my Musical Sequence in the music section and my animation sequence in the animation section. Then I scheduled it and enabled the show in the LOR CP. It's playing the musical and the animation sequence at the same time. How do I set it up so it plays music, then animation, in a loop for the time the show is enabled? Thanks for the help! PC got me this far,
    19. I saw Blacklight Floods in the Christmas section at Lowes the other day. They were some type of flourescent black light flood. I think they were around $8, but you'll have to go check it out to be sure.
    20. Well it's October and I put up most of the Halloween stuff this past weekend and got my show running. It's going better than I thought with LOR, but it's not without its small issues that I expected. I have done all of my sequencing so far on my personal laptop (not the show computer) and I'm transfering all of the Halloween sequences to the show computer. I opened the LOR Sequence Editor on the show computer and it said "Cannot find file /Sequences/" I can find the folder when I search the program files under LOR, but why can't the LOR software find it? It worked fine on my laptop.
    21. Wow, $2.47! I have a Home Depot in town, but it's not very convenient. Does anyone know what you have to do to get Lowes to beat that price by 10%? (They do still have that policy, don't they?)
    22. I recently purchased my first gravestones for this year's Halloween display. They are your standard foam stones that you can find all over. I was planning on having them on display all of October (beginning tomorrow), but someone suggested to me that they may not hold up very well since they are only made of styrafoam. Would you guys reccomend limiting the time they are out? Has anyone had any durability issues in the past? Thanks for the help. -XmasBoy
    23. That's interesting. Are those new at Lowes? I don't remember seeing them before. Do they just give off more light with bigger bulbs, or is there simething else special about them that justifies spending 3x as much on them?
    24. Lowes has some really cool inflatables and I would love to have some of them, but I can't justify spending $128 on an inflatable. That's 2/3 of the way to another LOR controller or 45 boxes of mini lights. I'll probably be able to find one at a garage sale in the next few years anyway for next to nothing. I was able to get the $80 Nativity Scene for $5 in March! Am I not remembering right, or did Lowes raise their inflatable prices signifigantly this year? They seemed signifigantly higher when I went through Lowes today.
    25. I went back to Lowes to get some supplies to start my tomato cage mini-trees, and I just have a couple comments. -The christmas section hasn't changed much from last week. Stocks are still pretty low, but there is a ton of stuff on top shelves in the store, much more than I saw last week. -If you're planning tomato cage mini-trees for this year and have not bought your tomato cages yet, go buy them immediately! That person at the store showed me some that were hidden behind a display to have them out of the way until spring, and said they usually don't have them in stock from September
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