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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.

    Frank Farmer

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Birth of Christ
    • Location
      Hayes, VA
    • Biography
      Electrical Engineer crazy about controlling christmas lights.
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      Electrical Engineer
    • About my display
      20+ LOR controllers, CCR tree, adding stuff all the time

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    1. Howdy Frank, I have a question that I'm sure you can answer: I want to add some pixels to my show this year. Specifically, I want to flash messages, introduce each song in my play list, and have images showing during the songs such as snowflakes, elves,etc. So, LOR has their own package deal now, but I really don't know where to start. Can you help bring me in to the light? Also, would I use smart pixels or dumb, or something else?

    2. I always start mine the Saturday after Thankgiving.
    3. On the second floor towards the front, I would use a telescoping ladder. On the second floor on the apex of the first floor I would use this ladder: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-17-ft-Aluminum-Telescoping-Multi-Ladder-with-300-lb-Load-Capacity-Type-IA-Duty-Rating-MT-17/100658952 You can set the lenth of each side differently. I bought one of these years ago (when they were only $100) and have used it on the roof without any problems.
    4. I do the same thing, count cars by use of the security cameras. I select a different charity each year and they like to know how many cars came by to see the display. I'm thinking about putting some sort of light trip counter that only counts the cars going by during the hours of the display. I may do both this year and see how the totals come out.
    5. Nice job! I really like the tree roots.
    6. That should work. You will need to do what sk8erkid said above. Make sure your volume on the Mr. christmas is turned all the way down when you hook it up, you don't want to blow the recevier amp in the FM transmitter. Once verything is connected slowly turn the volume up to no more that 25%. Let the FM transmitter do the rest.
    7. But the OP was asking about occupation, bio, etc. You can't change those there.
    8. Here is a good web-site to determine what frequence might be available for you to broadcast on in your area. http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant
    9. You can't edit your past info there. I've tried.... can you?
    10. After opening two tickets in support and not getting any answers, I had to close my account and open a new one. I had changed my web-site and had no way of updating it when under "past info"
    11. Thanks, I was planning on heading over there today. I'll take this with me.
    12. My nephew has one of these. The range is very limited. Won't even transmit outside of the car, if he opens the car door he gets about 20 foot range max.
    13. I picked up some plasti-dip spray at home depot last night. I won't get a chance to spray the wire until this weekend. I'll give an update then.
    14. Excellent suggestion. I've used that stuff before in a can, didn't know they made it in a spray. I'll pick up some tomorrow and give it a try. Thanks!
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