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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 eagle5

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    • Birthday 06/24/1967

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      Buisness owner and one of the biggest Christmas fanatics in town.
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      Furniture restoration, carpentry and classic cars. And did I mention Christmas.
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      Wood Specialties by Mark
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      It's new this year, I recently purchased 3 16 channel controllers. We'll have a modified mega tree and mini trees in the yard. I have 4-30" bells with 1000 lights on each that will be on a wire between 2 trees.
      I have a 10/12 pich on my roof which gives me a good pallet for my new stars I purchased from 3G Lighting Creation.

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    1. Since I have a smart guy replying i'll tell you the rest of the story. I built a 10' spiral tree this year and you wouldn't believe how many local people want me to make them one for next year. They don't want to spend the money on a LOR set-up so I figured just put it on a chase loop.
    2. I'm looking for a simple 8 or 16 channel chaser controller. 8 will work but 16 is preferred. Having trouble finding what I want.
    3. I bought it from a guy on Craigslist. It's a Members Mark brand which I think Sam's distributes. The tallest king is 34" tall and made out of cast plaster material.
    4. I purchased a Ramsey 100B this summer with a FMA200 5/8 tunable broadcast antenna that mounts on my roof. I have it on it's lowest level and I can pick up a clean static free broadcast 3 miles from my house. Overkill? Maybe, but I'm not having fm transmitter issues anymore.
    5. I think you forgot one 9. In 2006 they cost 99.95 before Christmas. It might of been a different price after Christmas but I don't think they discounted them 90.00 unless it was a trerrible product. As hot as these are I'm not sure that was the case. Anyway you look at it, it was worth the 200.00 I spent on them. Thanks again Brandon
    6. That's all I need to know, thanks everybody.
    7. I ordered it from Show me Cables. Thanks On a related subject, my transmitter will be outside with all the other electronics, will the cold hurt it at all. Are they as durable as the LOR controllers?
    8. For those FM transmitter guru, I purchased the Ramsey FMA200 5/8 wave FM antenna and the Ramsey 100B transmitter. In detail, can somebody tell me which cable and connectors to buy to connect the 2 together. I have to go 75 feet. Thanks
    9. Do you have a price for the unit and the evaporating snow bottles?
    10. Does anyone have one of these? What are the pro's and con's? I'd love to get one for my display but the websites that sell it don't have any outside feedback.
    11. Try Bobby Tully. He did alot of sequencing for LOR this year and he might have some time. He's very good. [email protected]
    12. First question: If they are hollow, what are they made of. Plaster, plastic or concrete? Mine are 36" at the tallest figurine but they're solid plaster and each one weighs about 40 or 50 lbs. It would have to be an F3 tornado to move these. If they are hollow I would try to find a way to fill them with sand or maybe even buckshot. Sand is cheeper and a smaller particle and as big as they are I'm sure that would add 15 possibly 20 ils to each one.
    13. I got mine at Sam's in 2006 and it was 800.00. It was a one time buy for Sam's who labeled it as a Members Mark product so there is no mfg name on it. It must be very popular because a lady in Rode Island offered me 2500.00 for it plus was willing to pay 400.00 for the shipping cost. It was tempting, but I had to decline. I've seen one a Hobby Lobby with a few more pieces and only 30" tall for 1000.00, and I believe it was made out of the same casting material.
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