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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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jstorms last won the day on November 21 2015

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About jstorms

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Biography
    Christmas Lights
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    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Software Manager
  • About my display
    We have a cactus.

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  1. They haven't updated their page yet. I know that I didn't win "first" place.
  2. Each year retailers forecast how much inventory they will need and make their orders months in advance. Their goal is to have just enough inventory to get them through the season. If they have extra and put them on sale they lose money. They do not store them since they would have to carry the cost of the inventory. This year they did a better job of predicting how many lights they would sell. I think they were actually a little short since most retailers sold out a couple weeks before Christmas.
  3. The thing is this hobby is different things to different people. For some people they just want to have a nice display and they aren't into sequencing. Others like building the riggings for megatrees and such, others are into soldering up their own controllers, some like to play with the latest technology, some like the blow molds or inflatables or wire frames and on and on. Each year a fresh set of newbs with their own objectives get into the hobby each with their own vision of what they want it to be. I figure each year participation doubles, we will see more, much more RGBs, matrixes, projection mapping, animitronics and things we haven't conceived of. As unique as the displays made by people are their reasons why. Some are tinkerers, some like to make kids smile, some are trying to recapture the magic of Christmas from when they were kids, others are feeding other personal needs. I think often people start off doing it for one reason and find new ones along the way. Instead of worrying about where the hobby is going I think people need to focus on what they want to do, why they do it, and how they are going to accomplish it. I honestly don't care what people think about my display, my sequencing skills or my song selections. If I lived on a hill in the middle of nowhere, where no one would see I would still do a display. In fact this was exactly the case when I was a kid. So people should do it for their own reasons and ignore what others say or think.
  4. Gave it a "Like". If you want to return the favor I'm a finalist in this Old Navy Lightacular. http://oldnavy.promo.eprize.com/christmasvacation/gallery?entry_id=616
  5. Sure sorry to hear you had to go dark. In Central Texas wind took our some of my deer, a portion of my treeline, and most of my snowflake path markers. Sure was glad that it was windy when we put up all the snowflakes and that I ran twine horizontally across to keep everything tight up against the house.
  6. You can vote once a day per email address through 12/22.
  7. So Old Navy has a light contest where the house with the most votes gets $10,000 and we are a finalist. Out of 20 finalists we are number 2. We need votes. You can once a day per email address until December 22nd. They announce the winner on Jan 3rd. Link to vote below: http://oldnavy.promo.eprize.com/christmasvacation/gallery?entry_id=616 *most interesting man in the world music begins to play* I don't often pander for votes, but when I do, it's for $10,000. *end music*
  8. I listen to musicians for music. I watch movie stars in movies. When the music stops and the movie ends I stop listening to both. I put no value no the politics or opinions of celebrities, and find my heroes in real life.
  9. We gave this song a try. Actually my wife designed this one. I think she did well for her first stab at sequencing. I did a shortened version. We were as ambitious as Clyde (Awesome job by the way).
  10. Often the rights holder will block mobile devices since they cannot be monetized as well as other sources. This helps drives up their price per click.
  11. If you were to have a duplicate set of controllers for the backyard with the same IDs, would that work? If the controllers do not pass on messages intended for them you might have to have each set plug directly into the LOR 485 dongle. Any try this?
  12. Absolutely stressful moving over to a new house. Was busy doing house stuff all the way up to the point when I would start normally hanging lights. When I do my sequences I have a few dummy channels that aren't mapped to anything. I use these to hold the beat wizard, vocals, foreground, background, etc. So with some intelligent mapping, the proper use of a master track, and these copy/pasting from these dummy channels it wasn't too bad. Next year though.... we are plan to blow the roof off!
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