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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.

    Bob Wingert

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    About Bob Wingert

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    • Birthday 11/07/1968

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    • Location
      Charleston, SC
    • Biography
      Light enthusiast
    • Interests
      Blinking lights :)
    • Occupation
      Retail Wireless Sales
    • About my display
      First year with LOR. Tackling 48 channels and 14,000 lights

      Absolutely can't wait to hang these in November and watch my creations come to life. Hope its a hit and not a bust
    1. My apologies Brian! So glad to see that you've added the C6 to the lineup. And thanks again for the quick ship of my order.
    2. I purchased from both and have had NO issues with either. To me the lights are identical...You wont go wrong with either! Biggest difference is you can order by the string with HLE, but I dont think he has C6, what he sells is M6 and 5MM
    3. I purchased from both and have had NO issues with either. To me the lights are identical...You wont go wrong with either! Biggest difference is you can order by the string with HLE, but I dont think he has C6, what he sells is M6 and 5MM
    4. As always, great customer service. I can start building stuff as soon as Tuesday! Thanks again
    5. Has this presale began yet? If so, cant find the price/order sheet
    6. She brings up a good point about zip ties, BUT, dont spend that much. Get your networking, cables from: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5755&seq=1&format=2
    7. Joe, welcome! If you look around @ some of the vid's I think you'll be surprised that you can conquer quite a lot with 32CH. We started last year with 48 and that was a lot to bite off as a 1st timer. I wouldn't go so deep this 1st season so you don't frustrate yourself. Start with the 32, video tape them this year, watch them and learn from what you did and what you can do better. Its an eye opener to watch back @ your vid's. I was able to record like 30+ video's and in watching them OVER & OVER, I'm seeing where I could of improved. I also wanted a mega but not for the 1st season, I opte
    8. You already have a Mega Tree in the front yard! One that requires no set up or take down Easy roof line to work with as well...I think you can do wonders with it. For the bare spots you can slap some mini trees and OR arches. Endless possibilities
    9. I'm a repeat customer and YES his lights fade perfect with LOR. I can fade them to right around 10% before they go dark. I tested these last season when I purchased over the spring and ran them 7 days a week, fading, shimmering etc. They have also spent the last 60 days outside in the elements on my display, still without issues. They are just as vibrant as day 1. And FYI, I'd go with the M6
    10. His presale prices are better...And from what i read on there way from China already
    11. There local flyer says 50% from 12/26 - 1/1. Guessing on 1/2 they will go larger??? No idea tho I am heading there in about an hour, will see what our stores are doing locally. The 1 walmart thats out in the country here has pallets of lights!
    12. Dont forget Brian too! He runs Holiday Light Express. I did make purchases from him last season, 100% success rate. Beautiful lights and if you want to compare pricing, he's right in line with everyone else. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/
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      Dont be! I'm 42 and have had 2, just in case! They shaved a small spot of my chest hairs, it was comical, I told the nurse to make a smiley face, which she did. Takes 2 minutes. Always good to have these things checked before you potentially have any issues! Nip it in the bud!
    14. Your lucky I guess they have anything left. I went again this AM after doing some serious damage to them on Sunday, and there was nothing left. The shelves have been taken down and all. And they had a ton left when I arrived Sunday morning. That stuff went quick.
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