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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.

Brian Rieger

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  1. $99? Darn it! LOL - that's the best deal I've hear of....
  2. Here is what we did for my Father-in-Law who passed away suddenly last year. Kevin Dunn did the voice over with backing track: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4922861518226&set=vb.101923163197638&type=3&theater
  3. I prefer sp2 cord over sp1 cord. What vendors currently carry full 1000' rolls that are reasonably priced? I usually use Christmas Light Show but it says "out for the season" under the picture of the 1000' foot rolls. I don't want to pay a premium for the shorter rolls as well as more shipping. Any suggestions?
  4. Dan is correct. I welded aluminum for about a year at a sign shop. The mig welder setup is quite different and the aluminum wire is soft and needs to be "pulled" by a spool gun, rather than ""pushed" through the liner to the handle and contact tip. I personally don't like the weight of the spool gun. It takes some getting used to. The correct method for aluminum welding is "spray arc", but real thin metal can be "contact" welded like a regular mig (but it's a bit sloppy and you have to "stitch" it). The shield gas is 100% argon. Unless your constructing something really special, I think setting up for aluminum welding is a pain. If you try to use regular mig wire (rated for carbon steel), you will just blow the aluminum away and disintegrate it.
  5. You are awesome Kevin - the tribute you did for us this year was absolutely beautiful. It makes my eyes water a bit.
  6. Thanks - I followed Brian Mitchells Fan tutorial about 5 years ago and it's been a nice display item. I am adding some struts and re-stringing the whole thing now. Hopefully I'll get 5 more years out of it. Love your cool choice of song too.
  7. Steve - if you were really trying to give him constructive criticism or help in any way, wouldn't it be more productive to send him a pm rather than engaging in an argument in a forum thread? He posted this under "announcements". Unasked for advice is always received as criticism.
  8. Marley - I do something similar with ropelight. Towards the end - kinda looks like it's "shooting" from the roof: http://vimeo.com/55144003
  9. Seems most people will spend $1000's of dollars on blinky lights, then go cheap on everything else - lol. Kevin's prices are hard to beat and his work is top notch. I agree though - I believe his services are worth more than he's charging. I'm NOT complaining though - I use him every year. Best wishes on your project. Sequences and custom sequencing has become very competitive and the pricing is way down. I have maintained a small customer base entirely outside of Planet Christmas and for me personally - I won't take work if the price is less than minimum wage - it doesn't make sense. What's your time worth? I guess it's hard to separate the hobby from the money-making aspect of animated lights.
  10. I'll take the red minis if you are willing to split them up. Can you give me a price shipped to 16417?
  11. Interested in new clear, red and green 100 count on green wire. Let me know...
  12. GE makes a pretty good grade of lights. I've had GREAT success using thei LED's as well.
  13. I think if people who aren't in competition with anyone else, and really go to the trouble of setting up a decent animated show with LOR type products for the fun aspect, will enjoy setting up an animated show. I don't think that LOR has lost the wow factor. Let's face it, the technology for residential light shows is out there now, albeit at a steep cost. Look at the price tag for the full versions of Madrix and Lightshow software. If you are on a budget and are trying to compete with someone who has an unlimited amount of disposable income, you're going to lose every time. Do the best you can with what you can.
  14. Next on any green and red 100 ct strands - I'm ready to buy!
  15. SPT-2 is rated for 10 amps. It's a good choice if you have a few items in your display that pull a bit more current.
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