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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 RickDives

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  1. It's been a while since I've been here... I think I'm gonna try to do something this year after a three year absence from this hobby... Hope everyone is doing well...
  2. LOR 1602 Controller for sale. $220 plus cost of shipping (your choice of method please)... Email or PM... Thanks!!
  3. Our thoughts go out to you during this time of mourning. Let us know where the trust fund is being set up.
  4. OH!!! BMG!!!! That's funny because we were going to use that for our "outdoor" light show!!!!
  5. Did they consider gift wrapping it for ya? LOL!!!
  6. Are you talking about the guy with the water show?
  7. DANG! I paid full price, but we've been enjoying it for a month now...
  8. Here's the sine wave if you need it. http://deadlikemeonline.com/media/sine.wav
  9. The Tunecast II will turn off when it's not transmitting sound. It should turn on automatically when you start your light show, if you start it loud enough. In my audio startup, I generated a five second sine wave that goes off to turn it on. Regardless, you will have to keep music going through it to keep it on. Now, if you run down to Radio Shack (this is what I did), they'll find the AC adapter plug to go into it and attach it to a universal transformer. Trust me, you don't want batteries, and if you havn't done it yet, do the antenna mod.
  10. Yeah, the easiest way is to burn a CD with iTunes, Rip it with Media Player and use Audacity to convert it to wav.
  11. So, you'll always have the opposite side lit?
  12. CHRISL1976 wrote: From what I've been reading, a standard 100 cnt set is about 17" around 3/4" PVC. But, it wouldn't be too hard to test.
  13. Hahaha! I did that the first year too!!
  14. I have both types from Darryl. The C9 base and the plugged curtain strobe. Of the 42 Strobes I bought and used in 06, about 10 of them are fairly shot after using them this year. I like the C9 strobes from Christmas Light Show, and will continue to buy them. But, you have to be careful how you use them. They're not watertight, nor are they water resistant. Be sure to add some extra silicone caulking around the lenses.
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