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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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  • 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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  1. Thanks everyone, you gave me exactly the info I needed. Currently I run the whole display off one 15 amp GFI breaker and have no problems. I guess I'll just upgrade my blow molds to Led lights for next year. I also have room for several more breakers in my panel so I might just add an extra breaker just to be safe. I'm so glad I found this site!!!
  2. I think the loop-hole was that I bought the stuff the day after Christmas at 50% off then came back for the 75% off refund. All I know for sure is it worked so I'm very happy. I would suggest anyone who is going to do it next year just ask the store manager before you do it.
  3. Update, My local Lowes went to 75% off today and I brought the stuff into the store and they gave me the refund. I also bought a couple more things "I just couldn't live without".
  4. I'm not new to Christmas displays but I will be a new buyer for the LOR product. I'd like to start with a 32 channel pro package with the option of adding on later. So I have a few questions that would help me figure out if I can do this properly. If this has already been asked and answered I apologize in advance and ask for the link to the info. Thanks a lot everyone. 1. What is the power requirement for something like this? Does each controller use power or do they only draw power for the lights that are connected to them? 2. Currently I run a lot of store bought led lights, along with blow molds that run compact flourescent bulbs, will they work with the LOR? 3. Will I need a dedicated circut for a 32 channel system? If yes how many amp and at what point of expansion do I need a second circut? 4. I have seen several posts about controllers that lose a channel, stay stuck open etc. are there things I should "avoid/not do", to help avoid this kind of issue? Maybe something like keep the controlers in the garage rather than outside in the elements?
  5. I use those plastic storage bins. I wrap each strand in a single sheet of newspaper so they look like big burritos. I stack them like logs and they are good to go.
  6. I went on the usual Dec 26th light run and found an awesome deal. Lowes had the $80 color change Led icicle lights on sale 50% off which is the same as all the big stores do, but there is a trick that another christmas shopper told me about. Lowes offers 30 day price guarantee on all items, so one week later you bring the stuff back with the reciept and it is 75% off original price and they will match the price. This means the $80 lights are now just $20 per box. I bought 8 boxes last week and today is the price check day so I'll be sure to update later and let you know if it works.
  7. General Foam catalog said they would have Peanuts Character Blow Molds for 2011 but I never saw them in the stores. Does anyone know if they were ever made?
  8. I have a 4 camera system with a DVR but I never hooked it up. I was so focused on the display I just didn't get around to it. A huge risk on my part but I got lucky and nothing happened.
  9. Wow!!! Awesome set. I have to replace my Tigger, he is cracking, still looking for the big Tweety, Taz, and Snoopy.
  10. Let me start by saying this could all be a coincidence but here is my story. In 2009 my display was vandalized 2 times and the local cops couldn’t do anything because we had no idea who did it. In 2010 vandals struck again and this time they stole or destroyed about 1/3 of my display. That year I called the news and they did a story about what happened and they mentioned that the next year I would have a surveillance system installed. This year kids switched around the letters on our sign at the end of the street a few times, but so far the display has been safe. I also think the fact that the display is well known now, is a huge help. We have cars driving by at all hours of the night which leaves little time for a vandal to strike and get away unseen.
  11. I know for a lot of you this would represent a days work but for me it takes about a week since I do it all by myself and I have no plan, I just wing it. This is my blank canvas: I also use the empty lot next door as an outdoor movie theater: This shows most of the stuff already set up: Next year I plan to go much bigger and get myself organized, but so far I think I have a good start. If anyone has any comments or ideas for improvement feel free to let me know. I would like to build some kind of arch over the road for next year. Thinking of doing a scaffold type structure with a bridge over the road like the signs on the interstate are hung on. Anyone think it can be done in PVC?
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