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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.

bigstott

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I don't have one
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    Denver CO
  • Biography
    I love Christmas lights ever since I was young.
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    Coaching football landscaping and holiday lights
  • Occupation
    IT
  • About my display
    33k LED lights about 12k RGB set to music

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  1. Thanks! We have always liked that balance of both. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  2. Here are a few from this year! Enjoy! Merry Christmas form the Onstott Christmas Extravaganza in Denver, CO. David_Foster_Carol_of_the_Bells_Onstott_Christmas_Extravaganza_2018.mp4 Panic_at_the_Disco_-_Feels_Like_Christmas_Onstott_Christmas_Extravaganza_2018.mp4 The_Greatest_Show_Onstott_Christmas_Extravaganza_2018.mp4
  3. This is the greatest show!! Had some fun with this one. Some fire, sparks and stage lights to go along with it.
  4. One of our 2018 Songs. Some fire, sparks and stage lights to go along with it.
  5. Facebook.com/onstottchristmasextravaganza
  6. I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
  7. go to holidaycoro.com/RGB-Coro-Candle-p/423/htm You can see how they made the flame on the top of the candle get yourself a couple of pixel nodes and a little controller make your flame then program the controller to loop that effect.
  8. Well i think a c9 net light would be overkill but i guess try this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Tenax-3-ft-x-25-ft-Green-Poultry-Fence-090786/100384027# Buy something like that and zip tie in offsetting horizontal patterns like a net light is designed. Make sure your lights are 6-8 or even 12 inches apart or you will have some color wash. Also you will have some major power demands if those c9's are inans. Each c9 incan bulb is 7 watts... now if you have 8 strands and they usually come in 25 per strand then you are looking at 1400 watts at about 12.8 amps to run those strings... So basically you need a empty 15 amp minimum circuit to run just those. Remember you don't want to draw more that about 80% max amperage on a single breaker for safety purposes. A net light probably wouldn't be the best use for that much power. I mean that's 200 c9 lights at 1400 watts vs. a normal net light is 4X6 at 150 lights at 63 watts a piece on average. You would be able to power 22 sets of net lights for the power consumption for what you are looking to do. But there is some info for ya to mull over.
  9. Sean I am having issues opening up one of your marked songs. It is all greyed out.
  10. Crap! I missed it.... I will just have to come down to your house Sean for a one on one... I didn't get a chance to come by and see your setup this year with having a new kid and all
  11. I am sure you can... I am making a metal wire frame for it already so that it is still strong yet doesn't catch the wind as much.
  12. Here is a video of the star bursts. If you have a question let me know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NUWhe9tU1A&feature=youtu.be
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