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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 randallfoster

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    1. Hello All, Been wondering for a while. How do you classify your channels? I have 32 channels programmed + two CCR's, but I am running 64 Channels total as I am doubling up the front and back of the house with the 32 channels. Am I a 64 Channel setup? Or a 32 Channel setup? Just curious of your thoughts.
    2. Very slow- but I feel good about it. I actually hired a guy with a bucket to hang the lights on the house this year and it saved me a ton of time and headache. Truth be told, my biggest fear is finishing my programming. I also bought CCR's this year, but cannot for the life of me figure out how to add them easily to my existing show... so they may have to wait. Sucks spending that much money and not getting to enjoy the effects this year. took pics of the bucket hanging my lights yesterday... they are here: https://www.facebook.com/FosterFamilyChristmas
    3. I just found out about this album... Preordered it on Amazon and will add it to my daylight mix as I dont have time to program anything for my lightshow... looks REALLY great! http://www.holidays-rule.com/
    4. Made one today. Very cool and easy!
    5. I have a window frame that fell out over night last night and when I went to check things this AM- it had fallen out of the window (need to put shims in!).... when I put it back and plugged it in- half of the lights were out.. then I realized that two of the lighting outlets (the place the bulb fits into) had disappeared...obviously in my grass. I "fixed" it by electical taping the wires together to complete the circuit to get me through the night... everything looks fine. Question is- IS THIS SAFE? Am I ok with this fix? Or do I need to replace the strand?
    6. Hey All, I just found a great album that is new this year... David Ian, the guitarist for the Christian band, Superchick has a solo jazz/vintage sounding christmas album that just came out last month... I cant stop listening to it... Just thought I would share. http://www.amazon.com/David-Ian-Vintage-Christmas/dp/B005NBKI4E
    7. Ours are on as well... I think we need a central website or thread for light addresses...
    8. All, Is there a site or do any of the news channels keep address lists of those with displays? I want to have some traffic this year, but am unsure how to get the word out... I will most likely do a website in the offseason, but wondered if there was a place to get addresses and location info... if not, that may be an offseason project of mine too
    9. Glad to say I think for the most part I am FINISHED... Spending the week before Thanksgiving in Hawaii so I had to get done early... have ran everything through several times and it looks great (my first year using LOR BTW). I am especially happy with my megatree... it is only two channel multi-color, but I intermingled some blinking multis on the second channel- so it literally looks like it is shining!... Sorry for my over-enthusiasm... just very excited for the night of black friday for my lighting ceremony!
    10. Im in the Nashville area (Smyrna) .... anyone close?
    11. Im in TN too! Been troubleshooting my first LOR controller and not paying attention... This is my first year to do an animated display.
    12. Just curious, but why cant you cut a 100 count string down to 25 count sections? I am rather new to this, but the my logic tells me that shouldnt be a problem... if I am wrong, please enlighten me. :-)
    13. Randall, Great to hear you caught the bug. I've been in this for three years now and it's been a very rewarding hobby. There is a TON of information out there and lots of different options. Do not hesitate to ask for help, this is a very caring and happy to share community of people. Most of them are wonderful. LOR is a great place to start but it isn't the only option. Even though I use LOR S2 software, all my hardware (controllers) are from www.d-light.us The D-Light stuff is great and waaaaayy cheaper than LOR. For next year we are upgrading to Light Show Pro and all DMX control. It's a little advanced but it's the only way to go when you go over 500 channels. Do a lot of research and reading, don't buy anything unless it's on sale, and ask lots and lots of questions. Welcome to the insanity! Zach

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