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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.

Scott Shaw

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  1. Rich, You had a great display as always. You have some great ideas. How was the traffic on the weekends? Scott
  2. Action lighting sells a very similar clip. I used them this year and the were well made and easy to use.
  3. Rich, I have plans earlier in the day, but will try to join you if at all possible. It may just be for dinner. If I can provide anything let me know. - Scott
  4. I am planning on using replacement C9 LEDs to outline the house and roof. I am struggling with the spacing. In my tests 8" seems about right, but I can't seem to find spools of 8". Six inch spacing would be OK, but I am not sure I have quite enough bulbs, but the 12" spacing seems too far apart. Any suggestions/opinions are welcome.
  5. All right Rich. What to you plan to do with those Monsters? - Scott
  6. oh know biggy buddy! i know a Jason Shaw who works underground at the Pogo Mine in Alaska contracted out by JS Redpath Inc.

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    Rich, Let me know if you need any help planning. I'll do what I can. - Scott
  8. I don't plan to rent the lift for take down. I was careful to put everything up so that it could be removed with a little force from the ground or from my ladder. That does mean that the highest peak on the roof is without lights.
  9. After several years of thinking about it I went ahead and rented a 34' towable lift this weekend. My house has a 28' peak and I was getting tired of the 100's of trips up and down the ladder. I spent a little over $200 and had the lift Friday afternoon until Monday morning. In my opinion it was worth every penny. I accomplished in 2 days what it would have taken me 3-4 days to accomplish in years past. All the lights are hung on the house, the 14' Megatree is assembled and all the lights hung. Plus, I just felt safer. I always hate getting from the ladder on to the roof and vice versa. With the lift I was able to load up a few crates of lights, park the lift on the roof and step right out. I will definitely do this again next year.
  10. I do all my programming on a MacBook Pro w/ Parallels. I have an old PC I use as my show computer. I haven't tried to tun a show with the Mac so can't help you on that front
  11. Rich, I have to admit it seemed weird when I drove by your house last weekend and there were no lights to be seen. That being said, you clearly reached a point last year where the traffic in front of the house was insane and I imagine not a lot of fun for the two of you. I say take the year. Enjoy your trip around the country visiting other displays and Disney World. I have no doubt that you will return with lots of great ideas and will be ready to pick up where you left off in 2009. If you happen to have a hankering to hang a light or two in the next few weeks feel free to come on over! Have a great year off and see you in 2009 - Scott
  12. I committed a bit of blowmold blasphemy and drilled holes through the center of the sled and reindeer and ran coated wire cable through the holes. Be sure to put the holes above centerline so gravity holds the molds straight. On one side I have a large eye bolt under the soffit that a carabiner hooks on to, and the other I wrap around a large tree limb. Sant and the deer have survived 4 or 5 New england winters.
  13. Sorry, no miners in the family

  14. hummm are u miner or do u have a miner in the family by any chance?? Jeff

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