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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.

Jim Noel

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  1. Fascinating. My better half wants big arches next year, so I got to figure out how to make them not fall over. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Those are huge. Do you use any center supports? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. That price is great. Do you know anything about the quality? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. It might have been a Bliss Light, bought one in green. It's pretty cool Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. PM sent Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. If someone were to receive a sizable donation, by way of a check. If the check were made out to that individual, instead of a charity. How would you pass the donation to a charity, without being taxed on the individual's end? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. PMs sent Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I was contacted by a gentleman, in the dallas, Texas area, who is retiring from the large display world. He has a train to sell, and the elements of his display. He is running his show thru New Years Eve for those who want a closer inspection. The train is well-built and holds 28 people. There is 132 feet of track and the train consists of 7 cars at 46 feet, one car being for special-needs. This is a large train and won't be suitable for most small yards. But, if you have a good-sized yard, or commercial application, this could work for you. If there is any interest, let me know, and I will send link and contact info. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Sorry to hear about that, hope you don't have to start over from scratch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Does the bliss light work work with LOR. I have it in green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. It's our family tradition to eat our Thanksgiving dinner, and we all head outside for the show to start at 6. It's kinda becoming a tradition for a lot of the neighborhood families. When we walk out, there's already a crowd waiting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I know it's hard with all the obstacles, but every once in awhile, something happens. And it's just "magic". Good luck in the future. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. We do the family dinner at my house with all the relatives. At 6, we all wander to the other side of the street to watch the first show of the season. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks, nice to have christmas show lineup in one place Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Wow! What is Menards? Any in Texas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Sounds like fun, but is it worth all the effort? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Merry Christmas gang! I live in the Dallas, Texas area. We are getting snow right now, unusual for Texas. There is a chance of icing this evening, and i do not know if i should disable the show this evening. I would like to know what most people do with these circumstances?
  18. for some reason during the show, about an hour and a half into it, my show has stopped and when i go to the computer, it is frozen-up. there is no error message, and i have to reboot computer. i am running LOR 3.4 and a win7 machine. Has anyone had experience with this? How did you fix it? any help would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Thanks all, The radio locator.com helped us to find a channel that was not being used. We also hung the transmitter antanae out the window. No more problems! Thank you all.
  20. Its called the Whole House fm Transmitter2.0, and sold by Wow Lights.
  21. The music has so much static in it, its unusable. Anyone with ideas to fix the static issue?
  22. I have worked for hours turning cds into mp3s and then connecting sequences to them. The Wizards of Winter sequence I have, was not made for a mega tree and 10 minis. Does anyone know where I might find one, thats 32 channel? This is my first year and I only have few days before going Live on Thanksgiving. Thanks for any help and Merry Christmas!
  23. Jim Noel

    Need electrician

    Thank you John, I will look him up today.
  24. Help: I am trying to setup the easy light linker. I have a pair. Have connected them and updated LOR Hardware. My main control is a constant red now. When I test it works. When I play a sequence I get nothing. Any thoughts on what I am doing wrong?
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