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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.

Paul Johnson

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About Paul Johnson

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I do not have a favorite Christmas story at this time.
  • Location
    Del City, OK
  • Biography
    Self proclaimed DIY master. Willing to try most anything, smart enough to ask if I do not know. UPDATE: Many things I do not even know what I don't know.
  • Interests
    firearms, computers. If one does not work I use the other.
  • Occupation
    Jet Engine Mechanic
  • About my display
    4 singing trees. 3- 8ft. municipal candles. 13 ft. Mini tree. 80 channels and growing. 37 songs and an FM transmitter.

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  1. Here is my 2 cents..... I went to Lowes and got a 20 foot 1.5" gas pipe. Welded a fitting to a 15 x 15 inch 1/4" thick plate of steel. Thread it into the base. I have all of my lights zip tied to their diagonal support wires and the spiral lights zip tied to all of that. The lights are then zip tied to the hook head, again threaded on so help is needed at that point to turn everything. The star on top again threaded on. Then stand it up. Help is good to keep the lights away from your feet but the whole event is about 45 minutes. coming down is easier..... then it all goes into a 2x8 box I built with 1/2" top and bottom to store for the summer.
  2. I have been using 3mm from harbor freight. no coating just wire. not noticeable at night. and I am only 45 feet off of the street. https://www.harborfreight.com/100-ft-x-3mm-aircraft-grade-wire-rope-61784.html
  3. I have had a Fail Safe transmitter for 3 years with no problems. Not sure what model, just .5 watt. MOST of the transmitters look exactly alike just different colors. probably one company in China makes them. Mine with just the included telescopic antenna goes almost 1/2 mile down the block each way on low power.
  4. I am interested in purchasing the "My Name Is Frosty" sequence. please shoot me an email [email protected]
  5. I think I have caught the CLAP

  6. Like I said, I don't even know what I don't know. Having half the lights chasing the other half idea never even came close to my brain. My hat is off as I bow to your awesomeness.
  7. I am so new to this I don't even know what I don't know. I want to build a display that my grand kids will remember. I have planned it 5 million times but now my plans can go forward. My main delima is if you will: Picture if you will 20 panels of lights 3 ft. wide by 4 ft. tall. Alternating Red and White. I want to have them appear to be chasing the each other the full 120 feet. Am I best to use 20 channels and each panel on it's own seperate chanel or is it best to do 4 or 5 on the same channel and only chase 12 to 15 feet at a time? I know I am being as clear as mud I just do not know any other way to describe it. Thank you in advance.
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