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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.

Radiojones

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  1. I'm doing the same thing this year (St. Jude Children's Hospital). I was stumped so I went to Home Depot and spoke with the store manager. They are building me one and even though I offered to pay they wanted to do it for free. Yay for Home Depot, I will forever be a customer!


  2. I'm running into an issue that hopefully one of you will have a solution to. My mini led lights dim just fine until I have 5 or more strands on a single channel. At that point they just turn completely on or completely off. Does anyone know what is causing this and how I might overcome it? Thanks for your help!


  3. So I have been doing some work on sequencing today and have found something frustrating...every time i want to see the changes that i have made i have to start the mysic from the beginning. There has to be a quick way to see/listen to a part of a song. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.


  4. I'm trying to figure out how many strands of lights that I need to order from MITS. I plan on making 3 10ft arches this year and I plan to use the 5mm wide angle lights. Any recommendations on whether to use the 50, 70 or 100 count (4" spacing on all of the strings) strings and how many strings should I go with? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.


  5. Neebie here and I am starting my own LOR display next year. My question is why would I use the LOR1602W controller instead of the CTB16PC controller. The CTB16PC is significantly cheaper ($80) and appears to have all of the same capabilities. Could someone help me to understand the differences? I want to make certain that I am not doing something that I will regret later as my display grows. Also, are these two controller compatable? Thanks for any help that you can provide.

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