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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.

Ivsmaster

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About Ivsmaster

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  • Birthday 03/11/1965

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    Corinth, Texas, USA
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    Animated Christmas, listening to scanners, riding my motorcycle.
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    Telephone Technician
  1. What about a telescoping flagpole like this? 12 Guage thick. http://www.veteransflagdepot.com/catalog/item/5038012/5056777.htm If your concerned with wind, watch their video with a 20ft telescoping flagpole mounted to a van driving around with a large flag attached. http://www.veteransflagdepot.com/telescopingflagpoles.html Would you guy wire it?
  2. On the Iphone, just take your thumb and finger and put them together like your making the OK sign. Lay them on your Iphone screen and spread them. You have now enlarged PC so you can read, click on multiple threads or enlarge small print. Works great on multipe forums for me. http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to/#basics.zooming-in-or-out Bret
  3. All my lights are CFL's now. I changed them out the first of this year. Even the outside lights are CFL's. They're great. I can turn on all my lights and it's like 2 normal 60watt bulbs power used.
  4. I see nothing but the dreaded red X. I guess there are tooo many people watching. LOL!! UPDATE: Ok it finallyconnected and I see the base of a mega tree.
  5. ChristmasHouse wrote: How do these camera's do at night distance wise and how much light is around at night? How's the picture during the day with them?
  6. They are decorating a MOUNTAIN right now. Largest TREE I've ever seen! :-)
  7. People over here are leaving their static displays on all night so I don't think shutting them down at 10:30 hurts. Course people sometimes are still here at 10:30. Your just lucky! LOL!!!
  8. I got mine Monday and it looks great! Thanks, Bret
  9. I agree with Don and Don knows for a fact I'm using one of his "custom audio" song with sequence because he gave it to me wanting to see how it would look at my house. Now ALL my sequences are made by me with my purchased audio and nothing copied from anyone. I have downloaded some sequences from LORsequences.com but non of them have been used. I made my own looking at them for ideas. That's what I thought this forum was for. I mean how many times can you sequence a song and NOT look like someone elses? I know for a fact no one will have 1 of my songs because it was sung by a friend of mine but if someone asked if they could use it then I'd let them. I won't copy atleast not on purpose anyones sequences, songs, or displays! I do like Jeff Womacks raindeer corral though. :-) I posted the other day a picture of my display and I can't tell you how many people PM'd me saying I copied Don's display. Well I can tell you this as Don knows. I've had that display at this house for the last 10 years. I added this year the mini trees and the grid. Other than that it's all mine. Don started his last year I think he said. He animated his first. Our yards are similar so they probably look the same but everyone who has seen his and mine don't know how anyone could confuse them. Different everything. I like seeing everyone idea on Carol of the Bells. Man there are alot of differences in the same song. Ideas! Different Ideas! That's why I joined PC. Bret
  10. I actually had people stopped and watching last night. I saw a van load of kids with the sliding door opened and when 1 song would stop they clapped and yelled. Once all the songs were done the parents even yelled thank you.If I don't get another car it was worth it to see those little kids happy.
  11. I just replaced all of mine this year after using the original for 7 years. They were white wire but the sun had changed them to brown.
  12. That looks great! I wanted to do something like that but never got around to it. I can't wait to see your video. BTW, you didn't copy Marty's, but if you did, I hear that's the greatest complement you can pay someone. Same concept different use. Good job! Bret
  13. I asked the local police about this and asked if I could run a wire around my yard and back to the house and electrify it. Basicly an electric fence. They said as long as there is a posted sign then sorry to the one that touches it. We've done this on the farm keeping cattle in as we replace the fence. After a few times of them bumping into it and getting shocked, we replace the house electric with a car battery. Just enough to make you go away. IF I do this it will ONLY be one after the show and before daylight. Bret Edited for spelling
  14. Well I have half of the icecycle lights up, the front yard tree decorated, and the plants covered. I mowed and picked up all the leaves so I'm ready to put my grid down. I should be almost thru puttin up lights tomorrow. I then need to run all the extension cords and the control cords for the LOR boxes and test. :laughing: Bret
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