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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.

fordguy05

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About fordguy05

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  • Birthday 04/02/1980

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  • Location
    Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Biography
    Will update later
  • Interests
    Computers, Electronics, Cars, Christmas Lights, Model Trains, Woodworking, the list keeps growing.
  • Occupation
    Currently Unemployed
  • About my display
    I will probably put up lights but I doubt that I will have an animated display due to spending too much time at work and the destructive kids that live in my neighborhood all of a sudden.
  1. I made the mistake one year to go to Bronners the day after Thanksgiving. That was a huge mistake cause it took me almost a half hour to even find a parking spot.
  2. My favorite song to animate to lights is The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al. At least most of the older kids seemed to love it. Just kidding. I would have to say my favorite of all the songs I have sequenced is either Christmas Cannon Rock or Christmas Eve Sarajevo by TSO.
  3. I might be able to make it out there. Its only a 3 hour drive from my house.
  4. I used to use AVG but got tired of all the issues that I always seemed to have with it. I switched to the free version of Avast Antivirus and all those problems went away. www.avast.com
  5. But I don't think Itunes will convert a protected song over to an MP3. Tunebite works great but unfortunately it isn't free.
  6. I know a few people that moved out of Michigan due to the economic situation here but I know more people that moved out of this state to get away from the cold weather. I would be one of them if I could afford it.
  7. The answer to number 2 is easy. Its Woodward Avenue, home of the Woodward Dream Cruise. I worked in Novi for several years but have no idea on question 1. I would guess Oldsmobile for question 3. I didn't even know Michigan had a state stone. I would like to say Faygo for number 5 but that probably isn't the right answer. I guess I should go look up the answers now.
  8. I am not 100% sure but I doubt it because the xenon bulbs don't get hot enough or stay on long enough for the oils to create a problem.
  9. One tool I use when I deal with websites that require an email address is an add on for the firefox browser and its called Temporary Inbox. I don't know if there is an Internet Explorer add on like that. Here is a link to it https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2650
  10. Also depending on the type of pigment used it generally will not take a lot to start altering the the color of the base paint. Mixing custom paint colors was something I used to do on a daily basis when I worked for Ace Hardware. Except all dispensing was done by a manual dispenser since the store manager was too cheap to invest in an automatic dispenser. I think there were 10 different colors of pigments used. Black, White, Brown, 2 shades of yellow, 2 shades of red, Blue, green, and I think the 10th was magenta.
  11. I can't say that I have ever had a problem like that with the sequence editor. I would try reinstalling the LOR software because maybe you ended up with some corrupt files that the sequence editor needs. What version of Windows and what version of the LOR software are you running on the PC?
  12. Max, I would agree that the silicone and RTV sealants are virtually the same for most applications but I would never use regular silicone on an engine, only a good high temperature RTV sealant
  13. RTV sealants can usually be found at auto parts stores because they are usually used around engine components where gaskets can be hard to use or when a gasket isn't enough to seal an area. Permatex is probably the brand that you will find in most auto parts stores
  14. Is Frankenmuth too far north? It is only about 2 hours away from Toledo and is basically a straight shot North on I-75 Besides that is the home of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland which is probably the biggest Christmas store in the country
  15. CARS8, I guess I should have mentioned the fact that most vision systems are far more sensitive to light than human eyes could ever be and many equipment brands can usually detect a change in intensity of only 2 or 3 percent and sometimes less.
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