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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.

Chuck

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  1. Chuck

    Opener

    Cool way of sneaking in some graphic/text!
  2. No Christmas lights but incredibly clever. Never realized there were so few unique words in this Christmas masterpiece. Enjoy.
  3. The elf in that tree is just way too cool!
  4. We're starting to assemble this next edition of PlanetChristmas magazine and we need pictures of your displays. They will be featured on the PlanetChristmas website and some will make it to the magazine. PlanetChristmas wants to make you famous! Submit your pictures at http://www.planetchristmas.com/ShowingOff.htm
  5. A disco Christmas. I like it!!!
  6. I'm impressed Judy Pancoast the artist has put this sequencing licensing issue before us so we can discuss it in a civilized way. Unfortunately, we've veered off track and are attacking Judy as well as lawyers in general. We're better than that. We're not going to settle the sequence licensing argument here. This issue will be sorted out by the experts and we have little, if any influence. Here's what I'm going to do. I've been known to create a pretty good sequence based on Judy's House on Christmas Street. If I sell that sequence to another person, they'll need to buy a licensed version of the music for about $1 and I'm sending Judy $5. If I sell the sequence to a theme park, I'll call Judy directly and we'll work something out. Bottom line is everyone must win. And I'll sleep better at night... Let's move on to something else.
  7. The display videos are starting to stream into PlanetChristmas. Coooooolllll. Want to watch them or add one of your own? Look at the menu bar above and click 'Videos'
  8. INCREDIBLE!!!! Just look at all the details... the elves even pat their feet to the music. WOW!
  9. Love the screen that drops down and then rolls up at the end!
  10. Love the time lapse! I'm thinking someone needs some help, though
  11. Now that's an impressive display! So many different elements. The swirling tree is A+!
  12. Let's be careful folks. PlanetChristmas doesn't condone copying copyrighted music.
  13. Let's please be careful with this music file subject. Amazon.com sells CBR based .mp3 files for $0.99 each... let's stay legal in every way, shape and form.
  14. This video has gone viral on YouTube the week of October 24, 2011. Here's the text linked with the video: 2011 Halloween Light Show -- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO 4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods and thousands of lights. Most all lights have been changed from incandescent to RGB LED so power consumption is a lot less than previous years. Also DMX added to show. All lights, faces and props are custom made (DIY) by me except for the roof line which are CCRs. Controlling channels have gone up 8X from last year. 1144 channels. Light-O-Rama. Riverside, CA
  15. The editor was upgraded sometime last week. Looking like the buttons are "lighter" but still fully functional. I'll submit a bug report. Here's a test with the buttons.
  16. Danger Will Robinson! Purchase your .mp3s legally so artists can afford to keep making great music for us.
  17. Chuck

    I Got Ripped Off

    Alrighty. We've beaten this one to death. Let's move on to something keeping within our rules: positive, family friendly and Christmas centric.
  18. Took some pointed questions to Mr. Fixit but he/she/it finally figured out "Past Info" is a relic from last year's forum host and was copied across when we migrated to our current host. If you have "Past Info" you want erased, shoot me an email at [email protected] with as much detail as possible and I'll see if I can work some magic.
  19. Fading too fast... sounds like a strobe to me. I wouldn't worry about wearing out the electronics. I'd be more worried about how the audience reacts, though.
  20. Want to buy/sell/trade something? We have a new section called "Classifieds" which is for classified ads. Look for it in the top menu bar. We're still working through some of the details of how it works, but the concept is the same as the classified ads section of your newspaper. Create an ad. If someone has a question about your ad, they can post a public question or private message you directly. If someone is ready to do a deal, they contact you directly. This is free for typical ads. You can place it for one week and renew it up to three times (meaning it can be posted for a month.) When the item is no longer available, simply delete your ad or let it expire on its own. If you have something you want posted for longer than a month... we're going to charge $5. Why? Not real sure yet but the capability is part of the software so we're playing with it. I've posted a couple of test ads... they should be easy to spot. Let's give this a try. Let me know how to make it better!
  21. Head Geek here... We're all struggling with the best method to add pictures to a post. IMHO, the purists (meaning the company that writes this forum software) believe in 'minimalism' and images clutter a page. In reality, I think they're rooted in the old days when images took up a lot of disk space and disk space was expensive. The rest of the world prefers plenty of pretty pictures and could care less about engineering challenges. You can add pictures from your computer to a new topic by attaching a file (look for the paper clip at the bottom of the editor window, browse to the file on your computer and remember to press the 'Attach This File' button.) To insert a picture already posted somewhere on the internet (meaning it's stored on someone else's computer) you can use the 'Image' button in the text editor (it looks a little like a picture frame) and enter the full address telling another computer how to get there (we call it a URL: and it typically starts with http://... example: http://www.planetchr...nta-100x100.png. Use cut/paste to grab the long and geeky looking info). If you don't enter the full/geeky address, you'll see the dreaded broken image link red x. Here's a picture I've inserted that's located at http://www.planetchristmas.com/Images/WebsiteThemedObjectShadySanta-100x100.png: You can attach pictures from your computer to a post as part of an existing topic but you have to remember to go into the 'More Reply Options' which is a button under the 'Reply to this topic' window. This brings up the full editor and the 'Attach Files' option at the bottom. See the picture below I just 'attached'...
  22. We're driftig here, folks. Let's remember the three rules. We're positive, family friendly and Christmas centric. Bashing others, no matter how subtle or clever is not positive. What's that old saying? If you don't have anything nice to say then ...
  23. Just got an update from the host about the cut/paste "challenge" with this new editor. First they suggested using the "Paste from Word" button because it handles all the weird characters and it does work in many cases. The next response was: "Everything is fixed in the next version." Hmmmm. Software developers must learn that line when they go to school... The good news is I just played with the "next version" and this little irritant seems to have been fixed along with many others. When do we get to see the fix? "in about a week."
  24. I'm in an on-going "discussion" now with the host about images and a spellchecker. RichardG has shown how to attach images frm your local drive. The copy/paste solution is slightly different. Copy the image link from the source, click the little image button (a green square) in the forums editor and paste in the image link. Way too geeky for me and that's my beef with the developers. A reliable spellchecker is the other problem. Depending on your browser and the phase of the moon you might or might not have one. The editor built into the PlanetChristmas forums is a crippled version of a much better one (CKEdit.com). We're working through how to heal what we have. Stand by.
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