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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.


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    1. John...those "Lightning" strikes came out by pure accident when I was programming but did look cool..thanks Man!
    2. For those old enough this was done more for the music than the lights ...I just had to incorporate this late last year. I will work on the sequence this year and fine tune it but for those that know this album, for me it was a must to put out there.
    3. Nice Brian...yes Very similar effect...I like the Marty Fan as well!
    4. The First Video is of this Past Christmas...The Second Video I found on you tube of my house from one of our viewers who, oh well you will hear the excitement! Includes the Virtual Santa.
    5. Thankyou everyone. As you can see I have not been on here much latley....did not mean to ignore any questions..I did a Carol of the Bells theme this year so I used a few this one is from Arion . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEKue3SrhOo...It is not my own remix ...at all..think its part of a video game....I also did a Version by David Foster/Straight chaser that I did Edit and has a better video vimeo.com/55356380 To Dave H....No flood Lights although I wanted to, but with the dark Brick ..from what I read in the past did not think they would wash well....
    6. My 3rd..year ..first with Bouncing Icicles....Still needs a little work https://vimeo.com/55797526
    7. I have four sets of snow tubes....in the past I have only used 2 sets together....This year I wanted to use all 4..when I connect them they look as though they are supposed to fit a specific way but when I do connect them they don't work. However, when I flip the connector around it works. My question is basically will reversing this connector do any damage?
    8. Thats what I had heard as well Steve..and yes way over priced.....
    9. Which LED's are you getting from HD that we know can fade?....I know they sell Martha Stewart but I don't want them as I know they are terrible....
    10. Nice Reminder..for I am sure we all have a "light show" fan that we may never know of, but one who's holiday will be brighter by what we do.
    11. I incorporated my Virtual Santa into my LOR music files so when I use it I am able to play it right thru the FM channel...I created a few different videos to go along wih my virtual Santa as well and when I am not using the video I have a nice christmas video background playing in the window. Its nice because it gives me complete control over the show and lets me incorporate a video in the Show editor wherever I want.
    12. Kinda what I was thinking Takoda....As far as the Hot Glue Beefy I appreciate the idea just didn't want to attach anything to the house....
    13. Looking for some ideas on how to build a Snowflake Wall without drilling into the brick wall. My Brick is pretty much Flush so using Clips to hold the SF won't work. I thought I saw on here that someone had designed a structure to hold the Snowflakes? I know Holdman had used some wire to attach his cascading SF but I was thinking I wanted mine away from the house itself. Any ideas to get me headed in the right direction would be appreciated. My last thought was some chicken wire wrapped around 2 poles and attach the SF's to that...Probably looking at something in the 15' to 20' range Th
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