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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year my Dad was back on leave from Vietnam. I was in 5th grade and we didn't know hed gotten leave.
  • Location
    Greenville, SC
  • Biography
    Long time lighter. Recently shifting to higher tech! Love Golf, travel, most anything Christmas!
  • Interests
    Golf, Card collecting, Travel
  • Occupation
    Human Resources
  • About my display
    Over 15,000 lights including a bunch of static displays. Shifting to LOR and sequenced lights.
  1. Ok....I gotta say that this is just incredible. Beautiful work. Unbelieveable attention to detail and class. -bow-
  2. I lovd it. I personally kep two cards...one with the show runninga nd another in case I wanted to do a swap....I tended to have people ask for "call me maybe" or "Gangnam Style" alot, so I kept those two on a seperate card ($9) and could just fire those two up when needed. I loved it. Ran the amp off that and split the speaker and the FM out to the street. No need to tie my computer up.
  3. I am. Loved it this year. Whatcha need to know?
  4. Thanks! I have a huge yard with a lot of displays and will make a big jump from 32 channels to perhaps 128. So the controller position and Visualizer setup is intimidating me. With 32 channels just on house and a bunch of static stuff in yard I could do it in my head and in the sequencer. Not this year. I just have to get comfortable with Visualizer. Herb
  5. I have been planning on paper too. It dawned on me how much I'd like an application like a CAD drawing tool to be able to draw out my design, show controller locations, take measurements for cords and such. Is there anything like that out there you guys use? Someone suggested I use visualizer....but I am really talking about that step before visualizer where Im "playing" around with where stuff might go and looking at controllers, etc. Ya'll just doing paper and pencil?
  6. I am in the same boat. I like the flexibility in color dumb pixels would give me around windows, etc. But Im not sure I like the look of them. Now on Mega trees they rock.
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