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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.

Charles Belcher

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    Rowlett, Texas, USA
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    Production rental for corporate, concert and special events
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    I have fulfilled my extreme decorating urge.

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  1. The video is a brief sampler of 3 projects that have taken several months to complete Charles Belcher LOR Partner Dallas, Texas
  2. dlaird, Google "fog chillers" and find a design that makes sense to you and is scaled correctly to the fog machine you choose. The design I like the best without spending a bunch of money is to take a tote or ice chest; drill a hole sized for the fog machine output tube on one side of the tote and an output hole for the fog to escape. Take about 18' of 4" aluminum dryer hosing and wrap it inside the tote. (hoses are sold in 6' sections so take aluminum tape and connect three together) Fill the remainder of the tote cavity with 20lb of crushed ice and it works well. You can put a fan at the output of the tote or you can hook up a distribution hose or pipe to spread the chilled fog out. Either way works. Allow a few seconds from the time the fog machine turns on until the fog evacuates the chiller. The key to this design is the long length of tubing inside the chiller so the heated fog has to travel a longer distance through a chilled environment before hitting the surrounding air. Don't concern yourself with fog juice labeled "low laying" or whatever. Fog machines make hot vapor and it all has to be chilled to hug the ground.
  3. Back in Dallas as of four hours ago. Thanks to everyone that attended my classes! Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any follow up questions concerning any ideas or gear I presented in the Theatrical Lighting class at PLUS on Friday. [email protected] Charles Belcher
  4. bump this post up. I really need to find these items or I will have to build them myself and that is something I have never done. Charles
  5. Does anyone want to sell either a glove puppet, half body puppet or full body puppet in the character of An elf A reindeer (preferably Rudolph) Frosty The mouth needs to be able to move. You can contact me at [email protected] Charles
  6. I second the thought that Brett has. I demonstrated that very same laser at the 2008 Texas Christmas Light Expo. Indoor with a bunch of fog is was simply OK. Outdoor it would look like an ant walking around with a dull glowstick. Charles
  7. HansB, These are the zones I see: 1=upstair window # 1 2=upstair window # 2 3=upstair window # 3 4=downstair left window 5=downstair right window (swing goes to rear of house during Christmas) 6=porch column #1 7=porch column #2 9=porch column #3 10=handrail across front of porch left and right 11=left handrail on steps 12=right handrail on steps 13=upper left eve 14=upper right eve 15=lower left eve (both sides and front) 16=lower right eve (side and front) 17=top of garage door 18=upper rooftop 19=lower rooftop 20=pine tree #1 21=pine tree #2 22=small tree in front yard trunk 23=small tree in front yard branches 24-31=mega tree slices #1-8, color #1 32-39=mega tree slices #1-8, color #2 40-47=mega tree slices #1-8, color #3 49-50=mega tree star slices #1-3 51=yard grid color #1 52=yard grid color #2 53=yard grid color #3 54-61=mini tree across sidewalk, color #1 62-69=mini tree across sidewalk, color #2 70-77=mini tree across sidewalk, color #3 78-85=arch #1 86-93=arch #2 94-101=arch #3 Next poster add from here
  8. This works as intended. http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=554&MainCategory=Incandescent%20Rope%20Light&Sub=Low%20Voltage%20Rope%20Light%20&%20Accessories Charles
  9. We turn on our display December 1st and at least run it through Christmas night. It depends on what day of the week Christmas falls on each year with regard to turning off the display. This year we will run through and including December 27th. We begin at 6:00pm and end at 10:00pm each night. Because we use outdoor speakers we don't extend our times even on the weekends in order to ease the pain on our neighbors. Many people do extend their times on the weekends. We also operate in the cold, warmth, dry and wetness. Have fun! Charles
  10. Has anyone putting up lights yet. I'm getting cords strung out. Planing where I'm going to put things. Like to here from someone else.

  11. http://www.maylin.net/fireworks.html
  12. T---he most versatile outdoor light with U---nlimited colors via DMX control is B---eginning to be used in Christmas displays by E---nthusiasts and professionals alike and is S---oon to find a home in many other applications
  13. Ryan, The really crazy deal is that I haven't even thought about what I am going to do for 2009. I guess it is time to start thinking about it. So, let's see... My first idea is to place one 100W incandescent bulb on a tripod stand in the front yard by the street. It will have a pull chain and a sign that reads; "For light show, pull my chain". The KISS principle at its finest. One channel, one light, one outlet. Or maybe we will do a 16' revolving stage in the yard with two different sets where Mr. and Mrs. Claus can do their dance thing... Or maybe a couple of giant slip and slides from the roof to the yard painted up to look like a candy cane lane... Or maybe a complete truss system with a catwalk connecting from tree to tree about 4' above the ground with a mist system above that so Mr. and Mrs. Claus could stroll around during "Singing in the Rain". Or maybe dump a bunch of sand on the front yard, place a couple of hundred lawn chairs around it and only play Christmas songs by the Beach Boys. Actually, I think the really smart thing to do now would be to take advantage of the depressed real estate market and find some land to build a drive through "Christmas Park" with different vignettes, Christmas store, stage with bands, food stands, etc., etc., etc. But first... I think it's lunch time. Later. Charles
  14. Ryan, In response to your first post on this thread. YOU ARE CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you. Charles
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