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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.

Sharpsvillelights

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About Sharpsvillelights

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  • Birthday 07/14/1954

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I first started when my daughter told me about a house that had a computerized Christmas display.
  • Location
    Sharpsville, IN
  • Biography
    Have run light-o-rama software for 10 years. Last year had 592 channels with 130,000 lights
  • Interests
    Computer Light sequencing
  • Occupation
    Computer Analyst
  • About my display
    www.sharpsvillelights.com tells everything about the display.
  1. Got all ours down last weekend. Took seven 8 hour days. Always have some damage by rodents who eat thru SPT wires. But this year they ate thru a 16 guage power cord. Wonder if he got fried?
  2. Holiday Projectors, Enjoy your vacation. Hope you are someplace warm. Thanks for the offer on the camel, however we are looking at 36" resin pieces.
  3. Thanks Statman, We bought some of the pieces from the Hobby Lobby set on the after Christmas sale. Missing one of the kings (standing) and the Angel. Also have 1 cow. Hoping to get a picture from Dan (holiday projectors) on the Bronners camel as I cannot see it on their site.
  4. I have looked on the Bronners website and don't see them. Just want to make sure they are to scale to the 36" set I have. Where are you located and do you have a picture or URL of the bronner site?
  5. I have called around to other Hobby Lobby's in Indiana and all of them were out. I would like to get the Angel you talked about. Dan, What is the size of the camels and what is your asking price?
  6. Lightsofthenight, I will take a look at your videos this weekend.
  7. Tandemjoe, Probably going to ask you alot of quesitons on this subject. - First of all what is the difference between a rainbow flood and rgb flood? - How to the colors show up on a dark background. Our house is dark brown log wood. Does this create a problem. - I am thinking of using the floods for 2 purposes. - We have a 90' covered porch which runs the length of the house. Want to light the porch up with different colors. How many do I need for this? - Building a 15' manger sceen in the yard. How many do I need for this. - I currently have a 2 port dongle running off my USB port. I run one line to the east side of the house and another to the west side of the house. I have 22 controllers which cover 2 acres.
  8. Looking for additional pieces to our 36" nativity which we just purchased. The set which we bought at Hobby Lobby was missing one of the kings, an angel and several animals. Also looking for ideas on how to incorporate this static display into our computerized display. Thanks!
  9. Want to purchase 150' of blue LED rope light to outline the roof. Where is a good place to buy?
  10. I second Holiday Light Express (http://www.holiday-light-express.com/). I bought over 300 strings in the pre sale last year. They are very bright and only had 1 failure which the warranty will cover. Will be ordering some more this year.
  11. Sharpsvillelights

    Ccps

    I was thinking about getting CCR's last year but then a friend of mine used CCP's and I like them because of their durability. Does anyone have thoughts on this product and is LOR the only place to purchase them?
  12. I want to use some RBG Rainbow floods in my display next year. Don't know much about them or where to purchase them. Would appreciate any information as I know I should be buying them by the end of January. We have a 90' long covered porch and thought I could use it to light up the porch. Thanks for the help!
  13. I also purchased a 36" nativity from Hobby Lobby. Because it was on clearance it was not a complete set. Missing one of the kings and a few of the animals. Does anyone know where I can get these. As far as lighting I too would like some recommendations. My two options are as follows. 1. Off to the side of the Christmas display we have a large veterans memorial which we keep lit throughout the show. One idea is to place it here and light it all the time, but it would be further from the street. 2. The second idea is we have a sleigh in the display where we take pictures of children with Santa. We could place the nativity here as it is closer to the street and in a location where people would see it as they stand in line to see Santa in his sleigh. Although this seems like the better location, would lighting it all the time take away from the rest of the display.
  14. Holiday Light Express has a sale which ends on January 30 for LED lights. The 3 year limited warranty appears good and the lights are full wave and seated. Does anyone have any experience with this vendor. Plan to place the order this weekend.
  15. I bought 10 sets of the GE multi-color changing 36 count icecylce lights from Lowe's in Dec 2010. When I plugged them into my 2011 display, they emitted an RF signal which was picked up by the controllers. This problem caused lights to come on thoughout the yard when they were not supposed to. Spent several hours with the GE help desk with no success. The filter which you place on the electrical cord is supposed to limit the interference. I finally removed them from my display and the problems went away. I installed the lights in my neighbor's yard separate from my display just to get the effect.
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