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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 aponce16

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  • Birthday 01/16/1963

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  • Location
    Eugene, Oregon, USA
  • Interests
    Astronomy, low butget movie-making, sci/fi and of course...Christmas
  • Occupation
    Retired due to Myasthenia Gravis
  1. You are wise to start early. I was gonna start Nov 1st but seems like it is going to be a rainy weekend for me. Good Luck Alex Eugene, Oregon Hippie Town USA
  2. That's right, this weekend I am taking care of the very top of my house. Unfortunately Oregon has plans of its own. This weekend we will be getting light rain. We will see. This is the first time that I use C9s. I am replacing all my minis with C9s. I hope it looks good. I am almost done with some stuff but I am starting to get nervous about the calendar. Like people say "Que sera... sera!
  3. Wow, you guys are working very hard this year. I decided this year to reproduce Richard Holdman's old display. What a headache. However, I think it will be worth it. I completed 20 songs already and the voiceovers. I am I need to finish 9 white color trees with clear, red and green lights on each of them. Believe me, finding those lights with white color cable was a nightmare. I got the clear and the red from Walmart at 2.44 a box however, the green (white wire) seems to elude me. I finally had to bite the bullet and order them on the Internet from a company called Christmas Lights etc.. www.christmaslightsetc.com I ordered 50 they only had 38 available. What a drag. (I paid 7.75 per box-Too much money) I guess I'll start with that and hope for the best. ****, I'll spray paint the remaining strings of green lights if I have too. I Guess I am on track to begin the build up the first week of Nov. That will keep my mind away from the election coverage. (I am a political junkie) I decided to also buy a brand new computer just to run the show. Nothing too powerful...just good enough to just do one thing...Run the show. You see every year I tell my family that the computer is running the show and that the audio is being transmitted , but no one listens to me. They play music, games and other programs on top of the LOR. Thanks God I monitor the show most of the time on a portable radio so I catch them most of the time. It just bugs me that they never listen. Alex
  4. Found the site so guys here it is... http://www.sparkleball.com/ They got all you ever wanted to know about the sparkledballs and were afraid to ask. Enjoy Alex
  5. It was not my idea. I found a website with the whole thing. I sort of lost the site address but I'll check my backups for it. The cubs hold water and ice so in order to stop that I burn 4 or 5 holes around the base and on the sides. This allows water to pass through all the way down. There are different ways to place the lights. You either make 3 or 4 holes (depending how many colors you are planning to use) I use 3 holes (clear, green and red and sometimes blue) to place my lights. This is very hard to explain without pictures or drawings so I'll get them and post the data tomorrow. When I was building my prototypes I tried different ways, cup sizes, light position,etc... I got to say, most of them look real stunning at night. The people from the website build them with just one color, however I love to see them changing colors. Using 3 colors is okay, however the 4 color one I build was a pain to complete. Anyway, I'll get more pictures or the official website by tomorrow. I got plenty of other crazy projects to share so... stay tuned. Alex
  6. Thanks for the good wishes. I decided this year to copy most of the Richard Holdman's look. My house looks very similar to his son I am going to create my own version or Richard's house. He doesn't seem to mind so I guess it is okay. I'll do a merge of his songs and mine and I'll get my neighborhood all happy despite the economic news. Hey, I created a huge Faberge Egg made out of clear plastic cups. it has more than 3 hundred cups and it looks real neat. I also created huge lighted balls that are real beautiful. I can't believe all the cool stuff I am building with my hot glue gun and plastic cups. I'll try to post pictures soon. (However, some A-hole stole my 2 thousand dollar camera when I lend it to my wife when she went to Ashland on a trip) I hope you guys are having better luck. Take care. Alex PS. www.eugenechristmaslights.com
  7. Wow, I am really behind this year. I got to get more lights ASAP to finish 9 mini trees. While I wait I am working on the electrical extensions and all the infrastructure I need around the house. Unfortunately I suffer from myasthenia Gravis ( a disease similar to MS) and that really puts me behind most of the time. I try to work the whole year but when the weather gets hot, my MG slows me down. During spring and summer I can't work on anything that require any physical activity beyond walking a few hundred feet. That's when I work on my sequencing. When the weather gets cold however, I begin feeling almost normal again. I am glad I feel better during winter because my wife hates the show so she gives me a hard time about the whole year. No help from her and my kids are too young. Hey, When are you guys planning to start an area club or something? Let me know, I am willing to travel Alex PS Nice to meet you all.
  8. I got a one just like that right accross the street. He has told everybody that he hates my lights. On Dec 2nd I saw Carson's Video on the internet and I got hooked. I got my first LOR machine (16 channel) and I modify my display to look as much as Carson's Display as I could-granted, I only had 16 channels and not many lights. I could not belive the reaction, the locals loved it, the grumpy guy had a meltdown and almost went balistic:devil: on me before the cops took him away for a few hours and chilled him out. He seems to be accepting the light now.... I'll watch my back anyway. People are just stupid. I'll post a video of my light so you guys can see what I did wwith just the 16 channels and the music. (by the way, you can only hear my music standing right in front of my yard and my display only runs from 5PM (it gets dark really early in Eugene, Oregon) to 8PM then from 8PM until 10:30 I had some nice mellow program with no music.) My advice, sometimes you can't change people so IGNORE THEM :cool:and let them rot inside. Life is just too short and Christmas is just once a year. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year you all.:tree: Alexander Ponce-Bonano:)
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