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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.

jhunt2006

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  1. Post after post I see people using 20,000+ lights. I am wondering how many is not enough? For the past couple years (including this year) I have done static displays. Next year I want to go computer controlled. I use about 3,700 lights. Do I need to go crazy buying more for the show? I am wondering if I am going to have enough to put on a good show? Every year my neighbors have said good things about my house, but I don't know if it will look as good being computer controlled with so few lights. This is a picture of my house from this year. So any design ideas for next years show will also be appreciated. I don't think you can tell, but my yard sits below the road line, making yard decorations less impressive. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40222[/ATTACH]
  2. Permanent No, but a quick fix, yes. I use gutter clips, hot glued to the window, window frame, metal ,brick, and practically anywhere except the gutters. Found that trick on here somewhere and it has worked like a dream. The clips come off clean and easy so you can just put them back up next year the same way.
  3. Congratulations. This makes me really look forward to next year. I will be doing my first computer controlled with 16 channels. Do you have any advice for a first year? Do have any good sequences you would like to share. Any help is appreciated.
  4. Thank you so much, After your response I went to EDM, and was very impressed with all the reviews. They actually make a LCD model around the same price as the WHT. I think I am going to get one. Thank you for your help.
  5. You say not to skimp on FM Transmitter, but you didn't recommend one. I am on a budget and want to get an FM Transmitter. I have looked at the MBB and The WHT, and don't like either. I have to be careful about the FCC because I live in close proximity to Schools, Fire Stations, Police Dispatch and even a Urgent Med Hospital. Can you give me some advice? I was going to get a hlly, but they only make a 0.5w or higher, which is WAY to strong for where I live. Any input would be appreciated.
  6. From what I have read on LOR, the basic license only controls 32 Channels. The upgrades don't look to pricey, but I would be curious as to if this fixes your problem, as I plan on adding a 3rd controller next year. Thanks
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