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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 crawdad

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  • Birthday 04/17/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was little I got my first Lionel train one Christmas morning. Fifty years later, it's still fresh in my mind.
  • Location
    Huntington, WV
  • Biography
    Married, one adult daughter.
  • Interests
    Gardening, sports, Christmas lights.
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Lots of lights, mostly LED. Two RGB controllers.

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  1. Thanks for the tips. It is mostly the same as it has been for the last two or three years. One change is that I had two controllers repaired that I haven't used for a few years. I had been using ones that were borrowed. It is possible that they are running an older version of the software. I am using S4. The programming is clean as far as stray timing blocks filled in. Not sure if it could be a software issue with the older controllers but I may try to research whether that could be the problem.
  2. Hi all. I have my lights up and ready to go. I have connected all the controllers (10 regular + 2 RGB) to the lights and have power and cat5 cables to them. When I run my show, there are things in the display that randomly flash when they aren't supposed to. Also, some of the RGB items light up but in the wrong color. I'm not sure if the two are related or not but it seems like quite a coincidence. I've replaced a defective cable and ran the cat5's in different orders but no luck. Anyone have any ideas what might be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice that you can offer.
  3. When I used that system with the FM transmitter, I used a splitter for the output on the ipod and run one to the Gemmy controller and the other to an FM transmitter. It actually worked pretty well.
  4. That link isn't working. I am in the Huntington area. Were are you located?
  5. I got mine up and running this evening. Anyone else out there in WV having a display this year?
  6. I have this one for sale. It is two inches short of nine feet long.
  7. I know of one other in the Huntington area. I'm sure there are a few others around the state. The rain killed my display this weekend. Should be good to go after Monday.
  8. I figured this by lying my bottom ring on the ground and running a string or rope around it, then stretched out the string and measured it in inches. Then I divided the length of rope by the number of light strings that will be attached. You can also figure the circumfrence of the circle by multiplying the diameter of the circle by pi, then dividing by the number of light strings. in your example the diameter of 6 feet is 72 inches. 72 x 3.14 (pi) = 226.08. Round this off to 226 inches then divide by 24 (light strings). 226/24=9.41. Therefore each string should be between 9.25 and 9.5 inches apart.
  9. LOR is what I am familiar with. I have 128 channels and really don't know anything else.
  10. This will be my third year with LOR. I am in the Huntington area. Is anyone else doing LOR in WV?
  11. crawdad

    Green Lights

    Home Depot had green last year also.
  12. If you decide to go with the dog tether method you might want to check a Dollar Tree store if you have one near you. I found them this summer in WV and bought ten of them to use this year.
  13. Thanks Jeremy. I have 75 channels running right now. I have a tune to sign and a variation of a Holdman star that I hope to have out by Sunday or Monday that will take four more. I have one bad channel on one of my controllers. I'll be happy to help when you get started. Just let me know. Bob
  14. I am off the 5th Street exit, south toward Lavalette about 1/2 mile on the left. Show runs from 7-10 evenings that it isn't raining. I am broadcasting on 99.7 if I don't have my sign out yet. Bob
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