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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 phessler

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  • Birthday 03/22/1960

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  • Location
    milford Ohio
  • Biography
    50 yrs old
  • Interests
    Softball and Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Machine Tech
  • About my display
    1st Year using LOR have been putting up a display for 25+ years
  1. Thanks, I did'nt like them at first and my wife and familiy convinced me to keep them. Now I love them.
  2. Cincinnati Ohio, on eastside of town In milford. Starting display this weekend and ending on nov 2nd.
  3. THANK YOU! It worked. I was in a panic thought I would have to dump everything and start over.
  4. Came home from work and wanted to work on some more songs and the sequence editor I can't access. What I have done in the past is still there and I can still run a show but can't do anything else. I tried to reload LOR and no help I get Componet 'VbalDTab6.ocx' or one of its dependencies not correctly regesistered : A file is missing or invalid. Any Ideas? HELP!
  5. Yes I think I have some bad optocouplers
  6. Could this be a firmware problem? I bought 2 controllers last year and 4 this year could there be different versions of firmware that are not talking to each other correctly?
  7. First thing I did. I'm getting frustrated
  8. I am having problems with one of my six controllers. There are 4 channels that seem to work when they want to. I have added a signal booster and changed the cat 5 cables but to no avail. When I test the unit thru Hardware utilities they work when constantly on but not when flashing. the one in question I built this year. Thanks for any help or ideas
  9. Chuck, I'm new to forum and my Wife wants one or two of these...Do you Have any plans or Pics that I could copy . Thanks
  10. Hi, We are in Milford Ohio 1111 Heatherstone way.45150 S-Th 5:30 -9:00 Fr and Sat 5:30 - 11:00 Thanks for looking No website yet 5,000 lights and still counting with 32 Channels of LOR. Pat Hessler
  11. Thanks for all the info. It will be helpful in the future.
  12. Already have done that with the GFCI outlets and pointing plugs down. I guess that I will have to deal with this as it comes along. Thanks for all the info.
  13. Being a newbe to LOR how do I protect the plugs from moisture. I never had to worry about this before my displays were static. Thanks for your help.
  14. This happened when it rained for 3 days then got very cold. Once it warmed up the problem went away. When it snowed problem has come back. The units a not even a year old. Does this happen alot to these units?
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