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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.
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  • 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 donbaldi

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  • Birthday 09/28/1976

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I loved decorating the outside with my dad every year. I love the C9 color strings and that's what we bought. We always had a blast, and it was just me and him. It was so great.
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    Barrington, NJ
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    Work in progress
  1. What if you just weigh down the hoop? If I read your first post correctly is seems as though your hoop is up off the ground, so you could tie lead weights (fishing?) to it at the parts that want to lift up.
  2. So I am guessing you are purchasing them directly from L-O-R? I don't think LOR limits their usage. I think they lock their sequences so you can't modify them (cheaper) versus modifiable (more expensive). You can always email them and check, but your license should allow you to do it no problem.
  3. Are you on a dead-end street so people need to turn around? Fortunately I live on the corner so it shouldn't be an issue with access. As long as they are not blocking the driveway, and you don't run your show real late, it hopefully won't be too big of an issue. Have the neighbors ever said anything? Maybe you could apologize in advance with a nice plate of cookies.....
  4. In my experience with the "cheaper" LED lights, they will fade, but only to a certain extent. Once they get to a certain % of power, they will just go out completely. This will be my second year using the sets, so I will report back on the lifespan of the strings. With the ability to animate shows, and therefore not having to run all the lights all the time, I am strongly thinking about going back to incandescent to save money buying the sets and the flexibility with dimming/bulb replacement/custom lengths.
  5. I've been doing a little bit almost every day. It's nice to take your time and do it "somewhat" leisurely, instead of mad-rushing everything up. I would like to have the inside and outside done 100% prior to Thanksgiving, without lighting anything up before hand. Fortunately my neighbors know my insanity and don't look at me any differently than they normally do......though I have been warned that if I try to light anything up prior to November 29, I will get "a cap busted in my (butt)". It has been really nice and it's been good that I can take some time and plan things out a little better, change things up, and fix things as necessary.
  6. What software are you using to run your show?
  7. Silver Sharpie will write right on the cord. The plug-ends are usually big enough for a simple designation (alpha-numeric, symbol, whatever)
  8. I have a Brother P-Touch label maker. I print up my labels, using extra large margins - so there's a lot of label before and after the wording. I wrap it around the end of my extension cord/light strand or whatever. Then I take heavy duty clear packing tape and wrap it around so it kind of laminated the label. It has been pretty successful for a couple winters - though they haven't been too bad in Jersey. I have also heard of people wrapping a piece of duct tape then writing on it with a Sharpie. Not as neat but I would think it would work fairly well.
  9. Do you even need to be able to disconnect it? Maybe it would be better/easier to just hard-wire them together?
  10. I'll stop now. I just punched in three pin round power connector into amazon. It looked almost like a microphone cable to me, and that's what that first link is for. Good luck searching - sucks that they shorted you.
  11. Or this: http://www.amazon.com/Furuno-000-506-503-Connector-NCS253P-Female/dp/B004W36NLQ/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&qid=1382991443&sr=8-26&keywords=three+pin+round+power+connector
  12. It almost looks like this: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Cable-Store-Microphone-feet/dp/B001JI2KHS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382991295&sr=8-4&keywords=three+pin+power+connector
  13. I am kind of with Scott on this one. I don't have a huge display, but it does take up a TON of time. And keeping spreadsheets, files, notes, etc on paper just seems like more time to dedicate that I don't have. Like I said, it's a small display and with certain dedicated uses for controllers (mini-trees, mega-tree, etc) it's easy for me to make mental notes and picture in my mind how it is going to look, then just figure out what songs I want and get to sequencing. It's funny how you say we are our own worst critic - there were a couple things I was unhappy with last year, and some changes along with some new additions I think will make for a better display. I don't think I'll ever go super huge with my display (I am at 32 channels right now) - I may take it up to 64 at some point in the near future, but unless I move, that will probably be all. Some good tips here, I am startind set-up this weekend (I hope). Can't wait!
  14. The fun is that it is a surpries. If you know your gift in advance, it spoils that magical moment shared between giver and receiver when the discovery is made.
  15. It is unfortunate that there are these types of people out there. Sad.
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