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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.
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  • 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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  1. Joe, Check out the videos by GordonLights. The outline of his house was in in C6 LED's.
  2. TxLight

    LED floodlights

    There are. However, fading of LED Floods is not a universal yes/no. Some do better than others. (I don't have the information handy to tell you which ones those are.)
  3. plistumi wrote: At least in Texas, the meetings are posted on the web site for anyone to see. I don't see why California would do it any different.
  4. rmjohn99 wrote: There is a member of PC from Colorado who has expressed interest in starting a chapter. However, other events have pre-occupied his time.
  5. Better sit down for this one ... I agree with Greg 100% on his two recent posts. He said everything I would have, which is why I have not responded.
  6. Mike Weber wrote: Nope. Are you concerned about the distance? The LOR wireless units will go fairly far.
  7. angelbaby wrote: White Wire? Green Wire? Where are you?
  8. angelbaby wrote: White Wire? Green Wire? Where are you?
  9. There's always this ... http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1306566
  10. There's always this ... http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1306566
  11. I've never met you, so I don't know your 'tone' of voice when you wrote this... However, it almost sounds as if you are expecting them to donate, simply because you have an awesome display. Donations are nice, and it's a noble thing to do. However, sometimes, it just doesn't work out. Perhaps people are getting turned off by all of the reminders to donate?
  12. MS_Mike wrote: $30 an hour here. Of course, I'm in a smaller town, and (I don't blame them) no officer wanted to work tonight. They did send extra patrols by throughout the night to make sure I was doing okay.
  13. As annoying as it is to listen to .. between *every* song I have a reminder asking people to view the display from the other side of the street. Most people will move when they hear that. If they don't, and they are blocking someone elses view who was there first, I will say something.
  14. http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum54/19818.html
  15. Not that I'm defending the guy ... but if he didn't use store bought stuff, that means he had to do a lot of work himself. He gets points from that. Still had to do all of the sequencing work. Still had to put it up. While we might not think it's fair or right, I'd be willing to bet that this guy spent a good deal of time and money on the display. I don't have an original bone in my body ... go back and look at my videos. Nearly everything you see was 'stolen' from someone else. The mini-trees, the grid, etc. Amazingly, according to PM's I've gotten in the past, I was the inspiration for some current members to do a display. (Or one of their inspirations.) Keep in mind this guy might inspire others in the area to join the hobby. Is that a bad thing?
  16. You were surprised? People are going to copy people. It happens. There is nothing we can do to prevent it.
  17. On the upside ... I doubt people are going to mess with her decorations in the future. (and I am kidding here, people.)
  18. You ... folks ... remove ... the ... tags?
  19. macrosill wrote: You must have really hated it then, the first 6 months of the year when the moderator didn't even use a 'moderator' account!
  20. Don't over-do it. I've found people will stick around for the entire thing even with very simple animation.
  21. Given that this animation thing is relatively new, static displays were the norm when I was growing up. I still remember the display that inspired me to get into Christmas lighting. They put a small radio in the yard somewhere, and had Christmas music playing with the static display. I had to go by that house every year. The point of the story is that you don't have to be animated to be 'cool.' Your display is a perfect example of that.
  22. Could be the lack of sleep talking ... but if my wife scheduled a trip this time of year, she's going alone. (And she knows that, too.)
  23. Seems that a lot of people share your thoughts ... this person posted this display a few months ago as well. Guess he had no takers then, either.
  24. I'd stay out of this one. Let the neighbors fight it out. Sounds like some of your neighbors like it. Let them fight your battles for you. (Just my two cents.)
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