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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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About NavyShooter

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  • Birthday 11/11/1973

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  • Location
    Waverley, Nova Scotia
  • Biography
    A Canadian Sailor living in Halifax area.
  • Interests
  • Occupation
    Military, Electronics technician (SONAR)
  • About my display
    Simple....Mr. Christmas display....
  1. There's my display for this year. I've had to re-jig some of it since this sequence due to power management issues (one of my outside outlets does NOT like to get wet.) My wife is on the lookout for deals, we're looking to fill in the Canadian Flag a bit better, so a few more red and white LED's will be a good thing. I think next year I'm going to have the Canadian Flag up for 11 November. NS
  2. Thanks Paul, I registered, but I guess the site manager is on vacation....no activation e-mail sent as of yet. *shrug* Not a big deal :-) After all, it's only July...
  3. Thanks Lightzilla! I'm having a peek at the Christmaslights.ca website now! Thanks for sharing! Brad
  4. Anyone else in Nova Scotia? I'm in the Waverley area. Ran about 5,000-ish lights last year, and picked up another 5,000-ish after Christmas. I should have 10-12,000 lights running this year. Brad
  5. Very interested in the C-6 type, as that's what I'm mostly running right now. I did not tag in on the M5's for that reason. Thanks for keeping us in the loop Ryan. NS
  6. Here's a short test video (no sound) Blackberry's don't do half bad videos, eh? NS
  7. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... I took a couple hours this afternoon and tied everything into the light-show box. (My little LASOC) I'm all ready to go live with it all....all I have to do is turn up the volume, and initiate the sequence. That's not set to go live for another couple of weeks though. I plan to have it go "on" for the wife's office Christmas party night that we're hosting. After adding a couple more candy-canes, I decided to re-check the load with the light box in the cct, and it turns out that I'm drawing about 430-ish watts, which actually means my 6 hours of "showtime" per evening are costing me about 2.5 KW/H, or about 35 cents. :-) Life is good! NS
  8. I ran a power meter on my lights for a couple hours last night, and in 2:48, I used 650 watts. Not too shabby! That means that my 4500 (ish) lights are costing me about $.10 a day to run. This is why I like LED's!!! NS
  9. Ok, All the lights are up now...including a "few" extra that I had around from last year. My new total on lights is just shy of 4500. I have to tie them into the light-box now, but this is the overall layout. Almost all of them are LED's, the Candy-cane's and the spot-light being about the only exceptions to that. [ATTACH=CONFIG]39792[/ATTACH]
  10. Busy today with kids Soccer, church, soccer, etc, only got another 10 strings or so up. Here's today's progress: [ATTACH=CONFIG]39656[/ATTACH] I'm not going to put out the inflatables for another couple of weeks, just before the party at the end of the month. I still have the HO HO HO to do, then I'll see what else I have lights left to make...I'm pondering adding the HO HO HO onto some wood stakes so that it's raised off the ground. We'll have to see. NS
  11. I picked up another 4 LED strings at Costco today and added them to the roof, so I've got the outline done. Takes me up to about 40 strings so far. I'm probably going to work up the HO HO HO tonight and my Candy-canes too. We'll see where I end up....it's dark already, and I'm not sure how cold I really want to let myself get... NS
  12. Add one of these to your roof-line.... I did! (Pics to follow tomorrow!) [ATTACH=CONFIG]39601[/ATTACH]
  13. Oh, And since I turned the lights on at about 7-ish tonight, I've had 3 cars do drive-by's to look already! SUCCESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Aye, it's been a gooder! Still a bunch of work left, this is only about 35 strings of lights up, but they were the hardest (roof and windows) after this it's ground level, so that will make things go faster. NS
  15. Flanigan, This is only day 2 of my setup....the inflatables are still inside, and I've got a whole pile of stuff left to do! I've gone with almost 100% LED's for my show, and LED Net lights are $35 a pop here-abouts. So, I'm not up with the net-lights yet. I'm thinking on seeing what they cost after Christmas and picking up a few of them then. Also, I'm only running one of the Light and Sounds of Christmas boxes, so there is only so much I can do with it. Stuff still on my "do do" list: 1. Garland and lights on the banister 2. HO HO HO on the lawn 3. Inflatables setup 4. Setup the Sound/control box As a plus, I picked up 7 bags of extension cords at Canadian Tire (walmart equiv) tonight with 4 16 foot extension cords in each bag, at $9.97 a bag....that's $2.50 per cord! SWEET! Setting up the show has just gotten easier! NS
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