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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 Stoff

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      Ozark, Missouri
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      I am 48 years old. 2009 was my first year to synchronize our lights to music (48 LOR channels). I am married and have a 17 year-old daughter. Quadrupling channels for 2010.
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      Gardening, carpentry, woodworking, home renovations, etc.
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      Still using incandescent lighting but am adding over 2000 LEDs in 2010. This year we are expanding our light show from 9,400 to more than 30,000 lights. Our house is a Gingerbread style home. We use icicles on the peaks and have lighted garland along the gutters of the home. We complement the garland with poinsettia flowers and wreaths so the house looks great during the day as well as at night. The features of the house will be liined with retrofit LED C-9s, alternating red and white. 2009 was our first year to synchronize our lights to music using LOR kit controllers (48 channels). Since then I have picked up 10 more controllers for 208 channels.

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    1. Thanks! There’s only 2,100 pixels on the roof. It’s a 4 inch horizontal by 5 inch vertical matrix. The rows are offset 50% increasing the perceived resolution.
    2. This is one of the new songs we had in our 2018 show. Our house has about 13,000 pixels total (2,650 on the mega tree, 1,152 on the matrix, 2,100 on the roof, 1,600 on the spiral tree and the balance in the yard and on the house).
    3. Little Drummer Boy by For King and Country
    4. Thanks. I love that song. It’s upbeat and fun.
    5. Here's one of the sequences recently completed for our 2018 light show. You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. The front of our house has a "Whoville" facade made of Coroplast mounted to 3/4 inch PVC. The house, yard and roof have about 11,000 pixels collectively.
    6. Here's what I have come up with so far: I am going to build a 2' x 2' framework out of 1 x 2 material. I will build it in sections that can be broken down and stored. Where the gutters attach to the house, there is a strip of wood I can attach eye screws to and then hang the panels with hooks and anchor the bottom to the ground. Essentially I will have moved the front of my house out about 16 inches. There will be work room behind the panels. My house faces east and the winter winds come from the west so wind should not be too big of a problem. I have two large peaks and plan to install a pu
    7. Here is "Where Are You Christmas" by Faith Hill.
    8. I plan on covering the entire front of my house with a coroplast facade to make it look like a whoville house. I'll keep the coroplast white and the trim elements pastel and light the entire house with rgb floods. I want to poke twinkling lights through the coroplast so I can make the entire house twinkle. Also, I plan on putting five arches on my roof. Yard elements will bemodified tobemore whovillish (new word). Mega/spiral treewill be converted to LEDs. Allnew sequencing for the house facade. Orher than that, everything will be pretty much the same. Lol.
    9. OK, so I'm bored with my display. I can try to grow this year; add elements and more LEDs or I can try something new. Here's what I'm contemplating: I would like to convert my house into a Whoville house by building white coro panels on 2 x 2 frames and creating the appearance of the improbable and whimsical architecture of Dr. Seuss. I would illuminate the panels from the front with rgb spots. I would mount c-9s along the edges and could use twinkling lights poked through the coro to make the whole house sparkle. Most of my yard elements would stay the same But I would modify them to m
    10. First video of 2011 season.
    11. Ozark. 602 east falls circle. 50k lights. 28 songs. Google maps will get u there.
    12. You can always use the "Converse House" rule. The farther it is from your house, the more you can plug together. Lol.
    13. I also print a master list, fold it and keep it in my back pocket so I don't have to run back to the controller when my mind fails me. Lol.
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