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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.

Brad Ford

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About Brad Ford

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  • Birthday 10/29/1969

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  • Location
    Paris, Tx 75460
  • Biography
    I am a 14 year old in a 41 year olds body. lol male, marred with 3 kids. I was born and raised in North East Texas and that is where I currently reside.
  • Interests
    I have many hobbies one of which is christmas lights. I race cars, fly r/c airplanes, shoot pool, & ride 4 wheelers. I've always loved christmas lights and over the years I find myself buying a little more and more, but coming up this year I'm gonn
  • Occupation
    I work at Kimberly Clark as a machine operator. I make Huggies Pull-Ups.
  • About my display
    My display is currently only static. But this next year I have big plans. One of my recurring themes always seems to surround putting my race cars out just inside the bank of my pond and decorate them with the same color lights as my competetion. Of course always with me in the lead...LOL They seem to get a kick out of it. I also have a cross that I've built that measures 8' tall and 4' wide which is white with green lights for the border. There are 1400 and the cross and 1900 on the two cars.
  1. Doesn't really matter when I start because in ne Texas it's usually still pretty warm late into the season anyway. Note, that being said, I usually start about mid October to make sure I have enough time. Neighbors do love to give awful funny looks lol
  2. What is this "gel"? Havent seen this yet....
  3. I'm in search of new ideas for opening or closing the show. Does anybody have any fresh ideas......I'm having a creativity "block" lol
  4. I have one literally 2 minutes from my house...nice but I still get most of my lights elsewhere... (cheaper) lol. Oh yes I forgot, they have more than just christmas lights.....hehe
  5. Oh btw....I'm in northeast texas:)
  6. Welcome, I also use spt. While I've only one year with LOR, I've had no issues with it. Lot cheaper and you customize each length you need. Its awesome......(wish I could power my controllers with it to but then I woke from that dream....talking about a recipe for disaster!...lol)
  7. Ok, I was also wondering because I saw an earlier post that said they couldn't get anyone to respond to their emails or phone calls....just wanting to make sure they are legit...thanks
  8. Well, it would help if I put the whole address lol......lightshapesonline.com or also lightstrings.biz
  9. anyone ever do business with this company? Like to get feedback before I do....prices are very cheap.....
  10. Hey Judy, what about us in Texas? NE part anyway....lol If you ever get down this far I'll be interested. Good luck on your tour! btw....my signature is wrong now...lol I have 50,000 lights and almost 200 channels
  11. HI everyone...I'm still pretty new to all this (only done one show so far) but I've got a question. There is a strong possibility that I may be asked to do a large show in our community park. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or advice for this kind of thing..such as logistics, security, pricing, etc......the park is roughly 300ft x 600ft....any advice would be greatly appreciated....thanks!
  12. Ok...thanks I'll try that and see what happens..
  13. I'm trying to sequence a character to "move" his lips with the music. the problem I'm running into is after I spend quite a bit of time getting the timing of it just right and save my work, the next time I open it the section I had just worked on the timing is off by as much as 7 tenths of a second. but the first section I worked on is "in time". I'm having trouble figuring out what to do, what I've done, or what I'm doing wrong....any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  14. Brad Ford

    Power?

    I appreciate all the advice here, but I think I decided to cut it back a bit......may not have a choice if light orama doesnt get my new controllers to me. They promised no longer than 2 weeks about 4 weeks ago....lol thanks again:)
  15. Brad Ford

    Power?

    I'm having to move my first display to my brothers house this year because of a divorce....(at least I got out of it with my lights and equipment...) My question is this....is there some way of temporarily bringing more power in for the display that is cost effective? This will b the only year it will be at this location and it seems to me I am going too have a serious power shortage....I've got 60000 lights (all incandescent:/) and 96 channels.........please help.....lol
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