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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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About andyzito

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    Orlando, FL
  • Biography
    LOR enthusiast
  • Interests
    Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween
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  • About my display
    Never finished...
  1. I concur with Bill. Be VERY careful what you wish for. I don't allow the media into my show when its running. If they show up, i shut it down. I do it for my community and people they invite and that's it. I don't have the time, nor the patience, nor the desire to deal with the hassle that comes along with ridiculous crowds and traffic jams. Pulling a show like that off is enough work (as you all know). As it is we shut the street down on show nights, have specific parking areas, etc. I don't allow cars to go by, they all get diverted. People have to stand and watch. Without those steps i'm pretty sure my neighbors would revolt. I like nthe personal feel of pedestrian "standing" shows - and i live in FL, so its feasible for me. Just my preference....and considering i do all the work..... i get to decide! Anyway, the show. This is year 3 for me. My rig consists of the following: (4) 40 amp 16 channel LOR controllers, (6) CCRS, (3) LOR 16 channel DC controllers, (2) LOR relay controllers and a DMX network. The tree over my front door is obviously the CCRs. my roofline is just SMD5050 RGB led strip. It's controlled by the DC controllers. The columns are just SMD5050 LED strip cut into 24 pieces, wired into 8 "segments" on each of the 4 columns - also controlled by DC controllers. The star over the CCR tree is SMD5050 also. There's no magic to the rest of it. The mega tree is standard, small by some measures - only 15'. I use the relays for the special effects - the strobes, if i use smoke or fog, fountains, etc. For software i use LOR. All the CCR work is done in superstar. My first show using Superstar actually. Hated it for the first week, then one day we "clicked" and i fell in love. I can't imagine using my CCRs without it, honestly. Don't know what else you want to know, but just ask away! Happy Holidays all!
  2. Had a massive crowd last night ... Mariah is always a crowd pleaser...... See pic & video below..
  3. thanks all. The star is pretty simple. It's just made of SMD 5050 RGB LED strips. Outer star and inner star. They are hot glued down to some corrugated plastic. That's all. (6) 12v DC channels. RGB outer, RGB Inner.
  4. Here are my shows so far this year - more to come! Wizards in Winter Jingle Bells
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