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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.

Paul D

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  1. Pythagorean Theorem - a2 + b2 = c2. Spacing between strands depends on how big the circumferential of you base is. Last year i used a 9' diameter base, and the distance between strands was about 3"-4". PM me if you want more details.
  2. Paul D

    Mega Tree

    Just be careful with your .22. Those type of bulbs can have mercury inside.
  3. Funny, I've been living in orlando for 16yrs and have never been there. Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
  4. I ditto their customer service. Two years ago in March we went up there for vacation and bought some ornaments and had them shipped back to our house in FL. The box was never opened until December when we went to decorate our tree. We found one of the ornaments didn't make it all the way intact. One phone call to them, and they had a new one shipped out and at our house within three days, no questions asked. Bronners is the best, and I've been going there ever since i was a baby.
  5. Same here. Last year was our first year animated, and I was able to produce four sequenced songs, eight arches, mega tree, built my Holdman Star. This year, I barely had enough time to sequence two songs, and the only thing different i did to the display was add red and green to the mega tree and made it bigger. 2012 was a hectic year personally for us. Hopefully 2013 will be better.
  6. There is also an RGB group on facebook with some useful information and resources https://www.facebook.com/groups/487541507963007/
  7. Allot has used the Reflections of Earth soundtrack from Epcot. Its hard to find the track, but enough PCers have done it, i'm sure a simple request can land one in your email. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJ9KGf-AYE
  8. This is our second year going animated. This show consists of a 128 channel LOR network with a 64 channel mega tree consisting of red and green. Four leaping arches with eight sections each, and about 50% of the display is LED.
  9. This is one of the new songs that was added to our 2012 show. It was a big hit with the neighbors. We expect this is to return for our 2013 show.
  10. Put me down for this year! Thanks Michael Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
  11. Chris, Here are some displays in the Orlando Area http://orlandolocalguide.com/lights also www.christmaswonders.com P.S. glad to see you are doing much better now, Merry Christmas!
  12. Very impressive! Great job!
  13. Paul D

    Orlando Displays

    Me too! Now I have to choose where we will have time to take the family to go see.
  14. Paul D

    Orlando Displays

    Here is an article that features some Orlando displays. It also features several PC members as well. http://orlandolocalguide.com/christmas-lights-displays-in-orlando-neighborhoods-and-homes/
  15. I used the same one last year. It worked out good till it got hit by lighting. I bought a Ramsey and now I wish I bought a ramsey sooner. Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
  16. Mine has done that about once or twice a year. I found that a shutdown of my computer for a night to give it some rest helps. In the next year or two, i'm going to switch to the MP3 director
  17. Ok, I didn't see this until now. But as you have probably seen, my magnolias are rather young, so i just strung them with RGW together, i wrapped it going up horizontally, then I wrapped them going vertically. Last year I used Net Lights on them. They looked good, but I used the nets on my new shrubs this year.
  18. Thanks. Now where can I buy them? Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
  19. sounds like vimeo will be hosting my future videos.
  20. Ok, I know they are around the internet somewhere, but for the life of me I can't find them. I'm looking at doing some Coro Stars (http://www.christmaswonders.com/Coro_Star.html) for next year, and I want to use mini RGB strips to light them from the inside, but I can't find the website to where I can buy them. Does anyone know where I can get them?
  21. Lol. That was my thought as well. Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
  22. I'm sure everyone has run into the "copyright" police when posting their videos on youtube. It seems like they have relaxed a bit in recent years, however, you can't seem to view them on your mobile device because "the user did not make this available for mobile". In order to do so, you have the change the syndication, however on my videos it doesn't give me any options to change it. Has anyone found a work around for this? What/how did you do it?
  23. wow, just came across your post when doing a search for you Calvin. I was generating a list of displays for a neighbor and wanted to make sure you were still doing one, since i was going off of the FL Planet Christmas directory. (It can be a little outdated sometimes). I will be sure to bring my family next week! We really enjoyed seeing Judy when she came two years ago
  24. I ditto Lowes here in FL. We went there yesterday to exchange a box of solid green, and they had NONE left. Lowes really skimped on their stock this year. Even last year they had some red and green, but they were gone by the first week of December.
  25. I spent half of my Saturday doing just that. I had just one song that did not want to cooperate with me
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