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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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About Pumpkin

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The One I Create Every Year.
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    I decorate generally more for Halloween, my passion. Although never gory, all little kid friendly. Now the neighbors are wanting (asking) that I do as much or more for Christmas...I currently own 10 Christmas Items...working on that this year. Love animation and scenes so that's why Im here...need ideas and HELP
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    Halloween, kids, living peacefully.
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  • About my display
    I want to do an ice pond with animation. I currently want to make a skater with leg animation but just haven't figured out how to do this...I found at a junk store an old fiberglass produce table that is rectangle and I'm thinking good place to start with this project...some twinkling lights under a tempered glass outdoor table I scavenged, but that's as far as I've gotten

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  1. Better yet, they "should" be making a song editing within the LOR software.....hint hint WISH.
  2. You have done an awesome Christmas Display- just beautiful. As for your estimate on $1000 for LOR...sorry it is going to take more than that...the extension cords alone (sale or not) can easily be over $200 for a modest display. The DEMO for sequencing is not really applicable to the real thing but you will see once you invest in the LOR- and you being 16, well you probably have less of a learning curve than us old (er) people. Just a reminder that what you can do with 16 or 32 circuits is just that...each channel controls one thing at the points in time that you want your display channel to do something and you will quickly find that 32 channels are modest displays...not to say that you cant make an awesome display with 16 or 32 but your programming skills will get an ultimate challenge for it. Just keep your eyes peeled during garage sales for the things you can use (unfortunately I don't think one will ever see the LOR channels in a garage sale...but one never knows). You did an awesome job with the static display so I look forward to what you can do with a little animation.
  3. I have an LOR and I don't find nor think sequencing it is easy by any means. It requires many an hour to make it do what you want it to do when you want it to do it . Borrowed sequences are just learning tools as no one has the same set up nor do they generally want the same action happening for where it might be in the set up. Copying and paste- ing is a tool to learn early on because you will be moving segments around to suit your display and that is truly how you will end up learning the programming.
  4. Walmart is carrying LED Rope lights at $9.98 in 15 foot length. But don't expect these to be "splicable" because they aren't- they are however connectable. I think that the LED rope lights are just inheritently not problem free when you get into lengths beyond a certain point. I returned all that I bought this year because they quickly showed sections not working and no way to fix them compared to being able to actually splice regular rope light for repairs or design. I also did not like the color hues...I like the traditional rope light colors.
  5. I've got the symptoms of the Christmas Funk too....haven't even attached the extension cords to what little I do have out. No lights strung on the house, garland's crumpled in the corner downstairs, Santa's in a corner too. I started an ice pond idea, but just cant get focused to figure it out, so I stuck some prelite wire skaters around the tempered glass of my outdoor table and have left them so far in the dark so to speak. I don't have a cause that centers around my display but maybe that's my problem this year....I've disengaged myself as to why I do do this. It really started when I went on Craigslist looking for something and all these Christmas "needy" ads were every where...and it was discouraging not because people are in need but of the greed they portray....asking for Gameboys, Ninetendos, Tablets, and other high end merchandise. Its not that disadvantaged children don't deserve to have such gifts but I'm going to be very honest here, I worked for a major bank years ago and we did the adopt a family gifting which was to be verified by the school, we were sent lists of the family's needs, names, and small bios....well lets just say my team raised over $1500 in money and also purchased the items on the list, and we got the shock of our lives when the bank went to present the family with the money and gifts...and it was a teacher's aide that had invented the whole family. And sadly, I wish I could say this was my only experience but it wasn't and it isn't, I hear it every day of people signing up for every and any program not out of need but out of greed. I know this probably takes the delight out of giving for those reading this but I promise you its not my intentions. When I read that the poster was re-ignited to enjoy putting up his display because the reason (donation carts arrived) it reminds me that the spirit of Christmas is in the giving and in knowing that those that receive are truly those in need and not every need comes from a store. So I will dig out my extension cords and get back to why I do this...because making children smile by just passing by my display is my need.
  6. Sorry my husband only took video because I do a lightshow. I used more than 3 strands and I tried to balance my placement because I didn't put them on every branch. You will like the effect its enchanting and looks more "decorator" than just stringing the straight strands.
  7. I used my icicle lights on a tree during Halloween and it gave it a nice weeping willow effect and only took one string per branch no matter the thickness of the branch. I used plastic zip ties rather than wrapping....which I found much easier on me when taking them down...especially at heights. I had a lot of nice comments about the tree and I actually only did it that way because I had more icicle lights than straight strings ( used straight lights to wrap the trunk).
  8. There is nothing wrong with your ORANGE color scheme for Christmas. There are so so many variations of intergrating that color into the holiday you just have to think outside the Christmas red and green. An example is the western theme...it can use reds, blues ,browns,etc and even burlap (the "in" this year) which could very well compliment your orange walls. You could even go the other way and use greens and pinks purples that are in the color shade of that orange and make it bright and festive. You have so many possibilities that wont make you paint the wall if you only look past the traditional. GO BIG ORANGE.....yeah, I'm from Tennessee.
  9. The wagons are part of a lighted train set...they currently have one listed on ebay for $65 for the whole set. If I recall from memory these were hot about two years ago and ranged in price wise (complete) for $150, but the object of your neighbor "giving" them to you is not about the value but that she/he saw you displayed for the love of Christmas so use them like the "curator"....you cant put a price on the true meaning of Christmas.
  10. Its nice...keep it...use it...enjoy it....that's the name on this one.
  11. I showed my husband your Santa House because I'm always wanting to display the inside animated items outside ....so he knows a project for next year will be coming....Love Love your set up...especially the walkways of arches.
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