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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 ratroder

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    • Birthday 12/01/1993

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    • Location
      haddon township, NJ
    • Biography
      i am 16 years old
    • Interests
      collect and restore classic cars

      have a 1952 chevy ratrod
    • Occupation
    • About my display
      started out by dad and then i started to help him. then i began to take it over, he still helps me. Fourth year computerized. have 96 channels and counting.
    1. I do 4 strands per channel per color on my tree. This creates pie wedges. I would stay away from the 12-6 configuration because this limits the amount of possibilities you can do with the tree. The number of strings depends on the base width in my opinion. The wider the base the further spread out the stings will end up being once they reach the base. I like a taller skinner tree than a tall wide tree. So I would use a small radius base, maybe <10'. But that is me.
    2. This year my lor scheduler seems to have an issue. After each night the shows disable themselves. This even happens if there is a show scheduled for the next day. But if i re-enable the show the scheduled show will play and then the show player will disable again afterward. Does anyone know of a fix for this? \ thanks, ratroder
    3. You can come see mine it is up and running, pm if you want my address. There are a few that I know of around I would have to look up their addresses.
    4. What does someone do that has a lot of sheep and support for samsung with leds? They do what these people did.
    5. It depends on how many pieces you have in your chase line I have found. But for me I have 14 tress in mine. I have found that if I turn on number 1,2 then 3 and finish 1 fade by the time 3 comes on it look pretty good. So number 1 is fading down from being on until tree 3 comes on. You also might want to try adding fade ups at the beginning of the tree turning in too.
    6. Just started this week.

    7. i have in fact done so started work on my 142 light display. have you started on your show yet?

    8. Start working on your display yet?

    9. ratroder


      I agree with what has been stated. I have learned to stick, mig, and tig. Tig will give you the nicest welds but mig is the easiest to learn. I personally like to Tig more due to the outcome of the weld quality. It leaves a nice finish and not much if any finish work is required.
    10. Lol. Me personally I would have said that you have elves switch the switches for you. You have them going up to that point then you drop that and they get that you are kidding.
    11. I agree the prices are a bit high.
    12. It could work and it does. But the features are limited and the quality isn't the best.
    13. I use iteleport to control my lights on my iPad. It is a vnc software that allows you to control your pc and see what is on your monitor as well (or morioka monitors at once). This works very well.
    14. Clarification. I am looking for 40 red and 40 white 100 count incandescent mini lights. Ratroder.
    15. I am looking for around 40 white and red 100 count minis. Thanks, Ratroder
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