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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.

Tom Fleming

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About Tom Fleming

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  • Birthday 09/19/1985

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Doing Christmas lights with my dad.
  • Location
    Coram, NY
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    Service Engineer
  • About my display
    48 Channel LOR. 20,000 lights

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  1. LOVE the idea! I think I wanna try that on my blow molds. the light is much better distributed than with the single bulb.
  2. hey guys! just had a quick question. looking to add 5 more controllers next year and not looking to spend $1500 in controllers. I was looking at 2 options. I was looking at either building the controller myself (I need to learn to solder) or buying the pre-built controller without anything. I was thinking to take the controller and use a Rubbermaid case to waterproof it. I was also thinking instead of spending $30 on the cord set I could use SPT2 out of the controller and use female vamps at the end. has anyone gone this route with controllers? im not intentionally trying to be cheap but I can save $100-$150 a controller which adds up when your buying 5 of them. I want to spend more money on finishing converting to 100% LED and add 10,000 more LEDs. thanks.
  3. i got everything on the lawn down on 1/1 because we got a blizzard the next day and i went to Disney for a week and a half. I'm back now and want to take the stuff off the house and get it all over with but its pouring! I'm either getting wet or waiting another day.
  4. I used my LOR controller to turn them on for a few seconds at a time during the show to keep them in sync.
  5. I have them as my icicles and as star bursts. they look awesome as both. not as hood as the C9 retrofit ones but still very nice. I got a lot of compliments. I sealed them before using them in fear cheap Chinese ones would fail and I'm glad I did
  6. I was thinking of taking a different approach for next year. we want to get a virtual Santa but our windows have wreaths in all of them that dance to the show so we wanted to do something different and still do the virtual Santa next year. we were thinking of building a 4 of 5 foot tall house on the front lawn and making it "Santa's workshop". we were going to make it out of plywood with a roof and shingles on the roof and paint it Christmas themed. my plan is to have a window cutout in the front on the house and put the projector screen there and have a door in the back so I can access the inside of the house. we are also going to put a lot if lights on it as well (not sure if gonna be on LOR or static yet). what do you guys think? any weather issues with the projector? any modifications? gonna start building in July probably.
  7. sears went 75% today. got a few things
  8. Tom Fleming

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    definitely 3-4 flashes per second. I have 10 in my 10 foot tree right now and will be going up to 25 next year. they look great in the tree
  9. there is a song I would like yo sequence next year but don't know where to find it. it is "do you hear what I hear" and its a rock version to the original song by The Who. does anyone know the artist? thanks a lot.
  10. omg. i wish i had neighbors that cool. I would love to stnc my whoel block up like that!
  11. i dont know but ive bben trying to upload my location on there since september and no matter what browser or computer i used it didnt work. maybe thats y they took it off.
  12. I did a 10 foot on a utility pole in my yard a few years ago. with C9s and it was a nightmare. first off they draw so much power you can't connect them back to back more than like 2 or 3 strands. I had to have 5 cords going to the tree so I don't blow the fuses. the other issue I had was the tree didn't look full at all. the next year I used minis and it looked so much better. also, I would suggest getting a 32 hook head versus a 16. my mega is 16 this year without a pulley and next year will be 32 hok head with a pulley. without the pulley is a nightmare and doubling each hook for a 32 strand is difficult. a 32 hook head will allow for easy expansion of more lights on the tree. I got the kit from Christmaslightshow and it shipped fast and was good kit. enjoy.
  13. left of the driveway looks like the best spot. It wont be part of the main display but if you keep adding over there the left side will be an addition to the main yard and be one show. looks good during the day.
  14. Rebar isn't too expensive home depot has the 2 foot sections for $1.10. if not I used the 5 inch gutter nails. they were .17 a piece. I put a screw in the blowmold and tied a string from the blowmold to the nail and hit it in the ground. I've been dealing with bad wind on long island and I haven't had a blowmold fall over yet. the gutter nails come out easy as well.
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