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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 MarkV

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  • Birthday 01/13/1980

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    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Biography
    Married almost 2 years. No kids, maybe in a year or so. 2009 was my first year to put up lights on the house. Now I think I have a light problem.
  • Interests
    UPSPS, Genealogy, and a few other things
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    I'm working on it.
  1. Knowing that could have saved me hours from redrawing that dang picture. First one I drew had prefect per portions and everything. Last one looks looked nothing like it. Score - today is a good day.
  2. I have 2 sets of 4 songs each, and each set is 11-12 min long. Set 1 I play the first half of the hour and set 2 is played the 2nd half.
  3. It's my understanding that you have to draw everything again for each sequence you make. You can't import a new picture. I could be wrong though. Maybe someone with a little more LOR knowledge can chime in.
  4. What do you mean by animation? Are you referring to the preview window that you can pull up to see what it's going to look like?
  5. I'm new at this myself so I'm going to attempt to answer. But a good first question would be are you Light O Rama? If not I'm no help.
  6. I would hate to hear what they would say about me then. My wife is studying for her last test of the CPA and I'm home with our 9 month old son on the weekends. I bring his pack and play out in the garage/yard while I'm working on the lights. Always in appropriate clothing.
  7. I don't have any LED experience myself but after doing some simple searching I've found a few things. Answer 1
  8. I'm a maybe. I might have to work that night. Is it on the 17th or 24th?
  9. Since I'm a compete noob when it comes to LOR or any other kind of Christmas display besides static I plan on trying to be there to learn some basics of the LOR controller.
  10. Thanks for putting on such a great show Chuck. I found this forum last month and was just skimming posts when I ran across your sig of 600+ channels and 180,000 lights and thought this guy is so full of it. Then I saw you were just down in Norman. My wife and I made it down before the snow came in. As we were leaving my wife said you want to do a light show next year don't you. I just looked at her and smiled.
  11. Thanks. 2009 was my first year of putting up lights on the house. 2010 I'll have a small show. Budget and power requirements are only going to allow me to start off with mini lights. But I figured a couple of hundred dolors in lights is good enough for my first year.
  12. I'm a little new to the game. Can someone explain what the OK-mini is to me. Thanks.
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