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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 robo

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      Bristol, CT
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      Father of 2 Boys
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    • About my display
    1. Thanks they must have added it after I looked for it. Now if I can only hack into it and control the lights.
    2. Im holding off until I see a video of either one in action.
    3. I have never seen this done in person, but I would thing using some PVC piping you could accomplish it. Attach the top to the side of you house run a piece of PVC maybe 3-4 ft depending on the size of your snowflakes. Add maybe 4 -5 tees for PVC drops. These will extend straight down to the ground. You can now just zip tie, or the like, your snowflakes onto the drops. You can postion them anywhere on the drops to achieve your curve.
    4. welcome to the world of half decorated trees. You could always buy one of those upside down trees.Lol! https://www.google.com/search?safe=images&source=android-browser-type&client=ms-android-virgin-us&redir_esc=&q=upside%20down%20christmas%20tree&hl=en-US&qsubts=1379781815406#biv=i%7C0%3Bd%7CBFw1TyXaLHk5sM%3A
    5. I've been wanting to ask you. How do you set up your projector for showing your pumpkins outside. How do you disguise the projector?
    6. pm sent for the snowflakes. btw where are you located?
    7. Clyde, off topic but how many channels are you using for your candy canes? I tried to see it in your video but I cant figure it out. Also if you ever have free time could you send me a sample of how you sequence the moving effect. I'm going to attemp that this year with 44 mini spiral trees. Your spiral trees are insane BTW!!! Great work!
    8. $83 with shipping. Maybe a used controller would be a better investment. But something to keep in mind.
    9. That's pretty interesting. I'm adding 3 light towers with a 3channel star flare on top. Could I buy three of these and only use 3 channels of my lot controller instead of 9 channels for the stars?
    10. your house is one of the reason I like the idea of staying with incands. Looks very Christmasee even with everything going on. But when I watch the behind the scene vids of your set-up it looks Craaazzzyyy! And the electric bill eeekkk! I do plan on going with the dumb nodes strings. Atleast they have a mini light look to them. But at a 1 a foot, just for the lights, that can add up qwik.
    11. Even like my arches I have now. Looks nice with 100 lights per foot section. With RGB I'd only have 10 leds per foot section.
    12. With one year of LOR under my belt. I'm looking to add color next year. RGB looks like the most economic and simplist way to accomplish this. But I still want my house to have that christmas look. But most videos I see on youtube look more like a strip club then a holiday display. I have never seen a RGB display in person so I'm looking for some input on the subjuect Thanks in advance Rob
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