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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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  1. Crossing my fingers it gets better as Christmas Day gets closer .
  2. We started taking Donations this year for the Miller Children's Hospital out in Long Beach, CA. I built a Collection Box very similar to the one Jeff from LauderdaleChristmas built (thanks for the great idea!!!). Here is my problem and hoping for some advice. We have been running nightly since Dec 1st. We get plenty of vehicle and pedestrian traffic which lead to line dancing in the street one night (Who Knew!!!). Voice over by Demented Elf plays about every 10 minutes or 3 songs telling everyone about Miller Children's Hospital. Here is the rub. Only $137.50 so far. Seems pitiful. And 2 nights, the donations were absolutely nothing (lump of coal would have been nice). Any Suggestions, Tips or Ideas????
  3. I saw that video and totally forgot all about it. Made me laugh the first time I saw it. Thank you!!
  4. Does anyone have a humorous sequence for a simulated power shortage/outage other than THX Tex??? I have Tex but was wanting to add something a little different. Was thinking of adding some red and yellow rotating beacons to the display that would go off to add to the effect. Any ideas??
  5. I had a similar problem but not for 3-5 seconds. Mine were maybe 1-2 seconds. All I did was adjust my programming to stop a second sooner than what was needed. Seemed to solve my problem. I agree with Mark's answer. The strobes still have some stored energy and will flash what is left in the electronics after the main source of power is eliminated. I still get an occassional renegade flash now and then, but I don't think anyone really notices but me. (and my biggest critic, my wife!!!! :-) ).
  6. Christmas with a Capital C by The Go Fish Guys, on their "Snow" album.
  7. Here is the shortcut to the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXFC574qQzk
  8. By now most of us have seen the "Shadrack" videos. So I decided to add a few vertical light poles this year. Started to over think how to make them and came up with a couple questions. 1. Using ABS (10 footer) instead of PVC (too flexible) pipe, since I do not need the pipe to bend as you would for leaping arches. 2. No guys wires. Maybe just slipping the pole over a smaller diameter section of whatever pipe that extends 18" from the ground. We live in SoCal, hardly ever get any wind or weather that would lift the pole off the ground. The poles seemed pretty basic to me but I think we all have had ideas that appeared simple "on the drawing board" but practical application did not come out as planned. Anyone with any thoughts or experience with this?????
  9. When wrapping your arches, do you "overlap" the strings from channel to channel to get the nice flowing effect or is that just in the programming? My guess is it just in the programming. Am I right? Wrong? Close? BTW, Thank you Jeff from Lauderdale Christmas for the excellent Powerpoint instructions on arches. :waycool::waycool::waycool:
  10. When wrapping your arches, do you "overlap" the strings from channel to channel to get the nice flowing effect or is that just in the programming? My guess is it just in the programming. Am I right? Wrong? Close? BTW, Thank you Jeff from Lauderdale Christmas for the excellent Powerpoint instructions on arches. :waycool::waycool::waycool:
  11. Perfect!!!! I was hoping it was going to be something very low like that. Circuits are getting mighty full this year :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
  12. Awesome!! Thanks :waycool::waycool::waycool::waycool:
  13. Anyone know the current draw on Darryl's strobes???
  14. I am looking for a "stuff-able" type Santa Claus approximately 6 foot tall. Possibly made out ofnylon or similar that could be stuffed and placed inside a sleigh. Anyone ever seen or heard of such a thing. If so, would appreciate some direction.
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