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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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    1. Is there any other way to use the strobes besides with a LOR. I have some but havent figured out a way to use them so they not constantly flashing.
    2. haha luckily enough I have none around me!!!
    3. I'm surprised you havent "eliminated" that street light yet!!!
    4. Thanks a bunch! Hoping to animate it next year!
    5. This is a pic of my 12 foot mega tree with my hidden message. Let me know how it looks and if there are any ways to make it better next year! Thanks
    6. Thanks, Thats what I am looking for, nothing fancy!
    7. Welcome! I two am in your shoes. I started looking at PC last year and have gotten tons of advice. This year I have added a 12ft mega tree, Ordered case of presale LED's, icicle tubes, and roof lights, purchased SPT cord, all from ideas from PC. good source
    8. I purchased a 25w 2 channel fader to fade my 12 foot mega tree (16 strands) and a cross (16 strands) on the inside. This fader is to small and just keeps the lights steady on. Does anyone know of a bigger fader somewhere I can buy and also a timer that i can program to come on every so many minutes and then turn off after a predetermined time. I planned on going to LOR next year and was trying to make my Mega tree dazzle instead of staedy on but im stumped.
    9. I hope I can make it this year!! Time available permitting!
    10. I bought one from www.christmasdonebright.com! Although it is a 2 channel fader, I find that it fadea fast even on the slowest setting! Any ideas where to find one that's slower. This one fades every 3 seconds. Trying not to do light o rama!
    11. Same here, I have not had any trouble with email contact with them!! Good Luck!!
    12. Received my first preorder today, and it looks like I need a couple of more things so Thanks for the second order!!
    13. Welcome! I am also a newbie and have learned ton's of stuff reading these forums!
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