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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.

Bob Chrisp

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About Bob Chrisp

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  • Birthday 06/12/1937

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    Martinsburg WV USA
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    Christmas, computers, cooking!
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    Retired Electronic Engineer
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    a work in progress..

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  1. All the material has been taken. Bob
  2. I am reducing the size of my display and have the following items for pickup. All items are free and are located in Martinsburg WV. 8 Fire stick/Bellagio light poles. 10 ft. tall 7 - 100 count clear strings on pole with red Star Light Sphere on top. Some spheres only have half of the lights light up. 5 ft ¾” EMT for mounting included. 4 Homemade giant snowflakes. Each one different and use 200-300 incandescent lights. Made from ¼ inch steel rod and need painting. 10 ft. section of 1 1/2 “ PVC included for mounting next to house. Original 10-12 foot mega tree from Christmas Light Show. Needs repainting and slight repair. Wooden platform for use on uneven ground also available. 2 40 ft C7 strands red bulbs 2 40 ft C7 strands clear bulbs 2 40 ft C7 strands green bulbs 2 60 ft C7 strand red bulbs 2 60 ft C7 strand green bulb 2 60 ft C7 strand clear bulb All on green wire 8 20 ft C7strands red bulbs 8 20 ft C7 strands clear bulbs 8 20 ft C7 strands green bulbs All on white wire 4 Chauvet Color Splash Jr. LED DMX floodlights They work, but there are some dead LEDs. Bob
  3. Amazon has 22 AWG flat rgb cable- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LR6EAY/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 $11.66 for 66 feet. Bob
  4. Tim I am planning a new 8-10 ft. mega tree for next year and have been thinking about the exact problem you are talking about. This is one solution I am considering. Put 4 t's equally spaced around your bottom ring with the center opening of the t pointing down. Use a short piece of pvc for each t on the bottom opening and then connect two pairs with elbows and straight pieces of pvc. Then you can set the ring down and slide concrete pavers over the pvc 'legs'. HTH Bob
  5. I have a pair of Easy Light Linkers for sale if anyone is interested. $200.00 shipping included in US. Bob
  6. You could buy a couple of pre-programmed routines from wowlights.com. You could laso pick up a few Christmas routines as well. Like Trevor said there is a definete learning curve. Seeing what a packaged routines looks like will give you some insight. hth- Bob
  7. The arches have a new home...........
  8. I have 4 - 7 channel. 100 count/channel, 10 ft long arches that need a home. The arches were build in 2008 have been used 2 seasons and one string is dead. I am located in Sebastian FL.
  9. Christopher - you beat me to it..I haven't had a chance to make them yet. I was surprised at the small size also. Perhaps just bake them on a cookie sheet. Do you have any video up yet? I have 4 so far and 2 more to go. www.tmloc.com
  10. Not a cookie, but sure sounds good:p Cinnamon Rolls with Instant Yeast A few weeks ago I made some chocolate chip cookies with instant yeast
  11. Thanks Lori...a lot better picture then mine!!!! Bob
  12. Darlene sorry this is the best I can do:121_reindeer: Bob
  13. All I can do is reiterate all of the great things others have said about the herculean task that Michael and Bill undertook in prepping for the mini and generosity of Lori and Gene in hosting the mini. The presenters were great and very informative. This was my first mini but not my last. Many thanks for a job well done....
  14. Just a reminder: I will be bringing the following lights for sale at the Mini: All strings are 100 bulbs. All on green wire. 24 red 23
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