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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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  1. It woud be good to know what songs are included and how long the projection runs for.
  2. I guess not to bump any heads 10jeater you should probably have stated if its your own work or not, or you just happened to come by them surfing around. At least then there would be no confusion as to who done the programming.... ps if you did do it nice work on the sequencing
  3. No sorry, i just checked the Lowes website and they have it listed at full price around $28, i guess it must be just a in-store clear out.
  4. popped into my local Lowes this morning and they had kill a watts EZ marked down to $12 on clearance.
  5. Hi Lee, well you caught the culprit on video, and if i was you am sure one of the channels would love to do a story for you, i will be bringing the girls down for a visit one night over the weekend before christmas,so they can see your display. I am going to get my musicial lor section set up over the next 2 days, the wind that came in last wednesday done a number on some of my icilies already which i have to fix first on the static display. keep the neighbourhood smiling, martin
  6. Nice Tree, Disney i have to wait another couple of years for mine to get bigger, in the mean time most of the kids actually think they are oranges till they get up close....
  7. Poured some post footings today, i have to lift my show above a 6ft retaining wall on the side of the house, at least everyone will have a good view !!!!!! Hope to go live Sunday, monday at the latest !!!!!!! too much to do no time to do it !!!!!!!!
  8. Hi Don whenever you get a chance send me a copy, i will keep it in the archives untill the kids get older !!!!!!
  9. Since we have alot of junior trick or treaters that have been afraid to come near our house in past years , this year we are taking a more kid friendly approach, bit of a rush as we just got back from disneyland but our Pumpkin Tree is finished, lit up with about 400 purple lights in the evening, turned out well. Next project is to get our singing quartet from holiday-coro up and running !!!!!!
  10. WOW makes mine look like its kid !!!!!!
  11. Good work, s88---- havnt even pulled mine out of the box yet, way too much going on and not enough time to do it........
  12. CVS and Walgreens are stores i hit directly after halloween, if you can find a store in an quiet neighbourhood you can get amazing deals, most of the good stuff still on the shelves, for 50 to 75% off.... I bought all of my lighted pumpkins at thrift stores for around $2-3
  13. Dale W, have you the nightmare before christmas sequence already setup for a pumpkin face, if so i would love a copy as well...
  14. Hi avman, i just ordered the quartet discounted myself.... as far as lights go it will be up entirely your own chioce what you want to use. I own the pumpkin already and all the lights are orange on that one. Since its 4 different faces i think they would look better with different colors just to give each of them there own character... If you have plenty of mini lights to work with mix and match to find what works for you. Sometimes its hard to find the right minis anyhow, the plan calls for 8 colors but i will probably only use 4 or 5 tops for each face and mix and match between each face.
  15. Hi Gina, sent you a pm about the lights and cords.
  16. Hi, tim pm sent about some mini lights. Sorry to hear your shutting down, i am on the other side just starting up so at least parts of your display will always live on....
  17. PM sent about some December Home lights....
  18. great work, maybe next year i can get around to a bigger halloween display and my wifes wheelchair ramp out front would be be the perfect setup, I still havnt done my christmas sequences.... gotta get moving.
  19. Yeap, its the same board inside i remember one of the other members mentioning it elsewhere, since you use the show to raise money for charity, I would probably go ahead and buy one of the EDM units which seem to be the best quality for the job we want them to do, followed by the black box.
  20. i ordered the same transmitter on ebay for half the price of that advertised on amazon, i powered it up in my second story loft and drove down to the end of the block, first test i was impressed it does transmit in stereo and the quality was pretty good. I will play with it around more and see its transmitting distance etc. It does have 2 power settings and the digital display makes it easy to use, but for $70 i am more than happy with it.
  21. $200 dollars dollars plus was what put me off buying the EDM radio for my first year, i plan on getting one in the future, put for the first year i went with the cheaper ebay unit. It arrived in the post today and after using http://www.radio-locator.com/ to find an empty site i just tested it out. First impressions i am very pleased, i went down to the end of my block and was transmitting music from my MP3 player in my loft, works great and transmits in stereo. . Like i said all my money is been spent on buying the lor controllers, mini director and all the extra cords i am going to need just to get the show up and running for the fist year. I had to make decisions on what could be put of for a later date and the high quality FM Transmitter was one of them. If i had the money yes i would certainly go out and bought a quality edm unit, but for the moment my ebay special seems like it will work just fine and helps keep my wife onboard as well !!!!!!!!!
  22. Hi Brian, I ordered one of the ebay radios about 2 weeks ago and i am waiting for it to arrive,with the money saved (compared to a quality unit like the EDM radios) i will be able to purchase some outdoor speakers as well. 2011 will be my first year using LOR so i need to try and prioritize my purchases.( This new found hobby is eating up cash fast) If i can get 2 seasons out of this radio i will be happy enough. The reviews in amazon ( http://www.amazon.co...01254718&sr=8-1 ) and the comments on the board were enough to persuade me to purchase this cheaper unit i can always upgrade in a couple of years. As usual there are always a couple of options its tough been a newbie around here.
  23. Well after scoring 3 controller units in last nights sale (LOR), my 2011 display will be a flashing blinking music Extravaganza, are there any other members in town who are using LOR controllers !!!!
  24. martinmc

    Lor Sale

    As of today, if you check the LOR website they have put up a preview page of the items that will be up for sale. No date released yet, but it will get your lips wet !!!! WELL THERES NO POINT IN KEEPING IT TO YOURSELF.. MY THE FASTEST CLICKER WIN !!!!!
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