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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.
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eagle5

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  1. Having trouble importing my channel configuration into the new animation sequence. Got a theory? Thanks
  2. I turned it on full static just to see if it worked. I can't even see through it now from the street. Anxious to see what the controller does for it.
  3. I have the same size tree, and I used 8 - green and 8 - amber. It looked ok but this year I wanted it fuller. I added 8 more green and 8 more amber. Now I have 32 strings but still just 16 channels. My tree topper has 16 hooks, so all I did was connect the new strings with the old strings at the top and staked to the ground in a 32 string pattern, make sure you piggy back the same colors together in-line to get the full effect.
  4. I just want to say, were both huge K-State fans, secondly I tried looping that and it won't run with out a media file. The last time I checked there wasn't a 2 hour christmas song anywhere.
  5. I have a show that is 40 min long and on the first night we would like to run the show once and then leave the lights on for a couple of hours. Can anybody tell me how to make that work.
  6. Brandon, I have a gentleman here in Wichita Kansas that has built the north pole in the lot next to his house. He decorates every year and invites the kids to come into the north pole and talk to him about what they want for Christmas. He is an older man with alot of dated decorations but still tastefull and fun to look at. He does have a full size sled and and 8 reindeer which are big enough for the kids to ride. I told him about your runway lights and he thought those had to be the coolest thing he had ever seen. Since he is a non-profit and all the toys he gives away to every kid he see's is donated, he is definately on limited funds. He's not asking for a hand-out, but he is willing to offer 100.00. Below is his web site if you want to take a look at what he does. Thanks Mark http://www.clausinc.org
  7. Hey all, I'm sure this has been addressed in the forums, but I can't seem to find it. My LOR program was sent via e-mail with an activation code. Can somebody send me a link or give me a quick run down on the proceedure. Thanks Mark
  8. I have a 2 color alternating 16 channel tree that is 12' tall. I want more color to fill it in. Right now the string of lights go up to the topper and then back to the ground for securing. Do I take the string coming down and move it to the gap or add another new string up then down in the gap.
  9. Does this method work for Led's also?
  10. Good thread. I'm making arches and my sections require 50 count strings and I probably have 50 boxes of 100 count. Thanks
  11. What keeps a person from taking a string of 100 lights and cutting them in half and making a 2-50 light strands. Is this not a common practice, is there hazards to be had?
  12. Hey if you could hear me snore at night, you'd know I'm not losing any sleep either, but here in Wichita,Ks, we have a baby Jesus MIA issue. Every year the nativity's take a hit, mostly the blowmolds, but my figurines are 30" tall and solid. The whole set is worth about $3000.00 and I'd hate to lose a piece, they're not replaceable.
  13. Hey Tim, I figured u-bolts, but the rubber is a plus. I guess my other concern would be the security issue. What have others done to keep the controllers from growing legs? My tree is a ways from my house.
  14. What's everybody's take on clamping my controller to the base of my mega tree pole. I'll end up running 2000 ft of spt2 wire if I don't.
  15. Good stuff. I was wondering what choir sang the Halleluia song? Thanks Mark
  16. You haven't met me yet Lyman, but Mel has, and yes I am registered for both days. Looking foward to meeting you, and seeing the Wichita guys I met a few months back. I'm leaving for Lawrence in the morning to have a pre-HAM with a handful of guys at Zach's house.
  17. Hi all, I bought these last year from 3G Lighting Creations and was extremely happy with the quality. The only problem is they don't fit into my display, so I figured somebody here might like to buy them. There are 7 of them with powdercoating on them. I wire tied white ropelights around each one and soldered a plug to the end and finished with shrink tubing. You can have them for what I paid, $78, plus $75 for the lights. I'll split the shipping to your house. Mark
  18. I'm listed as eagle5. My brother is not listed because I told him Chuck won't accept anybody with less than 32 channels and 90,000 lights. We all know that's not true, but that will be our little secret. It will be funny to see his reaction when he finds out.
  19. I'll be there at noon and I'm sure my brother will make it too. Thanks Mark
  20. I haven't recieved any info yet. [email protected] is my e-mail address. Thanks Mark
  21. Hi everybody. I'm one of the new guys in Wichita that you've all been kindly talking about. I'm not new to Christmas displays but I am new to PC. However my brother is really new to it all, but not a PC member. His gig is Halloween over the top, it's pretty incredible. I would like to attend your pow-wow but I might be several steps behind you guys. I have 80 channels (LOR) that I purchased last year which I recieved in November, yes November, and you probably already guessed it, my software came in November also. With help from my cyo kids I got the display put together, but no controllers. I was getting heat from the neighbors, so I made the tough decision to go static. Now that your up to speed my brother and I would love to join you, but will understand if were just too new for the group.
  22. I don't want to sell it, but if it walks off, I want to be able to have a value for the insurance company. The fence in the back is 6' and the king on the left and the angel in the back are 30" tall. I've got 2 - 500watt halogen lights on a motion sensor so if anybody gets too close after hours it will make them think twice. We have a huge problem with stealing Jesus's in this town.
  23. I did some work for a gentleman who didn't have any money but had alot of stuff. He let me select some items for payment. I came across 3 boxes apprx. 30" x 48" x 18". On the outside was a picture of a complete nativity, on all 3 boxes. I told him I would take these 3 boxes, which he agreed, for I thought I had a bunch of small nativities that I could possibly sell off or give away. When I eventually opened the boxes 4 months later, to my surpise was a 9 piece 30" tall full nativity. I about passed out. I can't seem to find it's value, for insurance reasons, but I would like to know if anybody has one of these. I believe it's from Sam's, but I wasn't going back to the gentleman to ask anymore questions. Thanks Mark
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