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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.

joeyholzer69

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About joeyholzer69

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  • Birthday 08/16/1982

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  • Location
    South Dakota
  • Biography
    28 years old, married with 2 children
  • Interests
    Hunting, fishing
  • Occupation
    Conductor
  • About my display
    Have not yet built one, still building ideas
  1. Do you have your software on a external hard drive or do you have them right on the net books hard drive??
  2. I am wondering if I put the software and sequences on a external hard drive, would I be able to run my show off of a Net Book?? Intel Atom N450 processor 1GB memory; 160GB hard drive 10.1" WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit display Webcam, Multi-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi Windows 7 Starter
  3. Looking at doing a mega tree next year and my biggest question is, How do you get the lights to the top of a 20 foot tree? I have seen the pully system and I have seen guys use a bucket truck?? Any other suggestions? Thanks
  4. I am going to be using light o rama for my display that would be awesome if you could get me started! Once I figure out my songs and setup I will let you know! My problem with using sequenced that other people post is I have a hard time implementing them into my display. the hardest thing for me is to get the mini trees looking good it seems like they are doing the same thing over and over again
  5. I am trying to get some of my sequencing done for next year. I have about 2 songs done but they do not look too good at all. (maybe i am not talented enough) I am looking at having 10 mini trees, 16 channel mega tree, a couple snow flakes and i few channels outlining the house. How much will it cost me to have one of you sequence this for me? Is it easier to sequence using the actual software other than using the sample software also? I am just lost here!
  6. Just wondering the addresses in Aberdeen, SD that have animated displays? My kids love watching them, (well ok its me thatl loves it) but thats besides the point.
  7. I am starting to shop now for my lights for next year. Planning on running a 32 channel display next year. Just wondering what a good price is for 100 ct mini lights? I looked at menards today and they were selling them for .98 after a 1.00 rebate, only problem is limit of 4. How cheap do lights get right after christmas??
  8. Yes this helps out a lot!! Thanks for the input guys!!
  9. I have one outlet outside my house. The outlet is a GFCI and it is run to a 20 Amp breaker. I beleive this is the only outlet on this breaker. What am I allowed to run, or what can this breaker handle? Looking at doing 10 mini trees with 300 mini's on it, 100 Feed of LED's on my house and a mega tree using 16 channels? Is this one outlet going to handle it?
  10. Ok next question, How does a person sequence one of these? How many channels does it require?
  11. Sorry i do not have a picture or a video of it but I will explain it! There is a guy in our town who has a display and he has 2 arches that are a LED bars, or rope light thing. it changes colors red, white, greeen, blue...many colors and it also chases and bounces and does everything. Someone please tell me where you can purchase one of these?
  12. I am getting everything together this year to build a display next year and have a couple questions. I am planning on making my 10 mini trees out of tomato plant cages. My question is we get quite a bit of snow here in SD, wondering if the metal and the snowy ground is going to cause problems with my breakers? Am I going to need to put each mini tree on a platform? or possible on a piece of plywood?? Thanks
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