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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.

LCGreg

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About LCGreg

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  • Birthday 05/01/1968

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  • Location
    League City, Texas
  • Biography
    Engineer working at NASA, Married with two boys
  • Interests
    DIY projects, cars, plenty of sports with the kids
  • Occupation
    Safety Engineer
  • About my display
    Mostly static at this point, looking to get into animation next year!

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  1. You have fantastic show there. Your timing is spot on and your choices of music are a great mix. Really impressive!!
  2. It is sad that we have to come ot locking up our stuff, but I guess those are the things we have to deal with. I just read a post about some kids shooting BB guns at a guy's inflatables over the weekend. Luckily they were bad shots, but still yet another threat to our displays. The worst I've had so far is someone re-positioning my lighted deer so they were humping in the middle of my display...
  3. Thanks for all the input. Just trying to get ready for next year at this point.
  4. Does anyone have experience or an opinion on Fail-Safe FM Transmitters? I found this one on Amazon for a good price and it has good reviews too. Seems like a great starter transmitter for me while I try to get my lighting project going. I'd like a Ramsey or EDM but I simply don't have the money right now for everything I need. Thanks for all your help!
  5. Cool. a 25' pole shoudl make for a great mega tree. Let us know how many light strings, colors and other info plus post some pics!
  6. Thanks for sharing this. With all the focus on putting up decorations each year, I'm sure many people forget to double check the power supplies, cords, and other items.
  7. Let us know how this worked for you. I'm still using the old-fashioned flood-lights, which unfortunately give some wash-out and tend to light up other areas you may not want lit. I just haven't jumped into the LED lights yet but I want to.
  8. Here's the conversation the following day: State Farm Agent: "Hello, how may I help you?" Person: "Well, you aren't gonna believe this, but I was watching this awesome animated chrsitmas light display last night and ..." I wonder how many times a year this does happen. Not your fault you have awesome lights, these people need to be better drivers.
  9. The video worked for me. Thanks for making that video because I had guessed it would have been much more difficult. Very creative and easy way to make a neat light assembly.
  10. Nice video. beautiful concept, especially for this time of year. Nice job.
  11. What a great idea. I wish I had the time (and money) to put together a nice show for days like Veteran's day, Memorial day, and the 4th of July and include the songs of the armed forces. Thanks for the inspiration!
  12. That is a fabulous show. Great job and really cool use of effects like the crossed arches.
  13. I was going to also suggest a spray of water/detergent. I've also used Windex (without ammonia) and it works well too. Gives you time to position the decal and then squeegee out the liquid and air. This works on many decals includeing automotive striping and such, so it should work fine for your needs. Good luck!
  14. LCGreg

    C6 for roofline?

    Are C6 LEDs too small to use for outlining the roof? I've seen people using C7 and C9, but nobody using C6 yet. This size is plentiful in the pre-order sales, so I was wondering if it would work well on the roof. Need some experienced input here please! Thanks, Greg
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