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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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      52 year old male,married, 3 children, 2 grandchildren
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      group home for mentally challenged adults
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      first year, just purchased 28,000 leds, still working on ideas

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    1. i have 8 snowflakes on my roof. one is stuck on and will noy go off. i use lor controllers. what can i do to fix this problem? thanks
    2. I have noticed my led lights flickering when dimming. what is some solutions to this problem? thanks for any help steve f..
    3. i thought i had bought this song, but i can not find it. can anyone tell me where they purchased it? thanks for your help!!
    4. last night we had 2" of rain. my wife woke me up at 5am to tell me part of my arch was on. any ideas on what is wrong? thanks for your help and ideas.
    5. we got our mistake fixed and were able to get the show off on time. last night we had 200 cars. we were shocked at the crowds being out so early this year. this was tangie's first year and i put quite a challenge on her, but her talent has amazed me. as soon as we have video i will post. thanks for everyones help. my daughter works for me and i am hard on her and sometimes i do not compliment her, but the fact she pulled off 204 channels with the quality it is, this is to say thanks tangie, you did awesome.
    6. LOL @ Stoff... MUCH NEEDED laugh THINK I may have the problem solved... *fingers crossed* will let you know in a bit!!
    7. Paul, Yea HUGE jump!! THis is my first year doing any of this and my stepdad's (his show) 2nd year. 204 your first year uhm OVERWHELMING!!! to say the least!! lol Thanks sooo much trying it now!
    8. You guys are amazing and truly appreciate your willingness to help as well as your time!! I am sitting down now to start trying these ideas!! Was hoping to start earlier BUT that lil thang called "life" had other plans, lol!! Clyde Lindsey...thanks so much for your words of encouragement, much needed. Helped me to put things in perspective!!!!
    9. my daughter just went home. this is her first year and she is pretty much freaking. our show starts up thursday, and she does not know where to turn. any help for her would be great as she has put her heart and soul into this show and what looks great on the laptop looks bad outside. we went from 64 channels to 204 and she thought she had it.
    10. Okay SOOOO, went to test my show and things are NOT lining up. Lights that should be on, aren't... lights that shouldn't be on, are... when I watched the show via animation while programming it all was good... HELP!?!?!?!?! ANY SUGGESTIONS or THOUGHTS or ANYTHING???? I have 4 metal boxes I used last year and still same unit number, i have new plastic boxes for this year as well. Last year had similar problem but my brother was doing the programming and is not longer living in the area to help. Some things arent workin while others are on the same controllers as well. Seem to be mostl
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      i just had a friend call and ask me to make his 50' silo into a candycane. does anybody have suggestions on best types of lights or rope lights to manage this to make it look most realistic?
    12. my 20' mega tree has 144 sets of lights with 16 channels. last year , the biggest compliments came on my tree. i use 4 colors and with that many strands, it appears to be many more colors.
    13. thanks for your input. i have been on the road 14 hours and just got in. i will show this to my daughter in the am as she works for me. i hope lor comes through, but we will find out shortly. as my wife put it to me bluntly, steve what i have watched you go through waiting to hear from lor is not what i call you enjoying this hobby. i have to much investment, and i do not mean money, but my church food pantry as well as some less fortunate kids are set to benefit this year. thanks again for your input.
    14. i have 4 controllers now.while at xmas expo, my daughter took the full immersion class. at the end she was offered to buy that day and they would be shipped later. so i gave them my order and assumed i would get them. i just found out that this did not happen and that meant we were not on backorder list.we totally redid show thinking we would get these units, but it looks like in order to get how ever many they will limit you to you will need to be glued to your computer and hope for the best. every post i read said lor always comes through. i guess i will just wait and find out. my daughter a
    15. just wanted some input. due to lor not having supply and not knowing how many they will be selling, i am thinking of switching. i know nothing about al. i just redid my show totally and have 204 channels, up from 64 last year. does the al work similar to lor and are they dependable? also does anybody know the limit lor will be having? thanks for your input
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