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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 CameronInGA

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  • Birthday 08/06/1976

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Every Christmas brings new adventures, especially when you have kids.
  • Location
    Albany, GA
  • Biography
    Married with two kids and a house in a small country subdivision in southern Georgia.
  • Interests
    Photography, Railroad buff, bird watching, modern muscle cars
  • Occupation
    Workforce Manager
  • About my display
    I've been decorating my houses for years now, and each year the display gets a little bigger. This year, I'm at 5,800 lights and included a few new elements (mega-tree, chasing candy canes, Snoopy and friends, and an American flag element). The neighborhood kids (including my own) love the display, and the adults are always stopping by to see what will be new each year. I'd like to eventually upgrade to a music show.

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  1. Short video of the family display for 2015.
  2. OK, I need to stop buying lights for this year. Went into Wally World tonight for bungee cords (which they did not have) and left with 3,000 LED multi and clear minis for $1.24/box of 50. This is my first LED purchase, so I'm not sure how satisfied I will be with them, but for the price, can't complain if they don't work out.
  3. Either way you go, you need to watch your amperage. If you are using un-fused vampire plugs and zipcord, there's no built-in device that would prevent you from overloading that cord to the point of failure. If you replace the vamp plug with a snipped plug using #20 or #22 wire, you've effectively reduced the ampacity of the cord. In theory, the fuses should provide some protection, but you have introduced a weak link into your cord. There are risks either way, but careful load management and good workmanship would most likely minimize those risks.
  4. Very nice! I especially like the starbursts/fireworks. Can you provide a little more detail about those items?
  5. I'm planning on 9" inch space on my C9s when I put them back up next year.
  6. I had no luck at Lowe's this year, but did nicely at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Home Depot and Walgreens.
  7. I don't know if I really have a "goal." I get ideas throughout the year, and sudden bursts of inspiration. For instance, last year while my display was up, I decided I wanted a patriotic element to my display for this year, so I made an American flag out of two net lights. While shopping after Halloween, I ran across a small Woodstock soft tinsel sculpture and thought my wife would like it... that idea evolved into a Snoopy-themed element that was central to my display this year. My display creation process seems to be pretty organic. Sometimes I'm pretty satisfied with the display, and other times I am not, but that is what inspires me for the next year. This year, I was pretty happy with my display, but I did have some gaps that I intend to fill next year. My intention is always to make myself happy with the display. We live in a small subdivision several miles out of town, so we don't get much traffic, but I have noticed over the years that I have a few "regulars" who come by to see the display with their kids at some point during the season (oddly, they always mention the Halloween display I put up each year, which is very small in comparison; a fake cemetery, some skulls, and maybe 400 lights). I try not to get too driven by my hobbies... once I get too invested in them, they stop being fun and then I don't enjoy them anymore. I don't necessarily want to be driven by goals, but just get out and have some fun, and maybe some other folks might get to enjoy it, too.
  8. Our local Lowe's was wiped out by Christmas day. The didn't have much to look at when I went last week. Made scores a few other places, though, so I'm mostly happy (still hunting for blue incans, though).
  9. The bliss lights are pretty subtle to start with... I have a neighbor who uses them to light up his trees (away from his main display). They create a nice effect on the trees (especially in a slight breeze) but it will take you a couple of minutes to notice them.
  10. Well, this was a pretty old thread, and the OP has not been back to clarify. I suppose it serves the purpose to get people thinking about how they create their sequencing, although it seems to have the side-effect of creating at least some slight polarization in the responses. I basically took it to mean "which is the first priority in you show setup? your lighting/devices, or your soundtrack?" I suspect that most display owners build their lighting devices (arches, mega trees, light towers, etc) first and then chose tracks to sequence, as opposed to determining a soundtrack and then building their lighting scheme around a sequence.
  11. Haha... I was cleaning out the shelves at Walgreen's last night and there was a young stock girl working the aisle and just staring at me in disbelief. When I asked her if they had any more stuff in the back, the look on her face was priceless. I think she almost called the manager out to come talk to the crazy man, lol.
  12. That's part of the reason I've been hesitant to get into LEDs. I can buy incans strings for $1 or so after the holidays, so if they fail after two or three seasons, I don't care so much (plus I can often harvest the bulbs from a dead string for other projects). The other part is that I can drive down the street and pick out who is using LEDs vs. incans in their displays, and I greatly prefer the warm look of incans. That being said, I do intend to retrofit some C9 stringers with LED ceramics for next year as my first foray into LED lighting, and I may have some rope lighting projects that will use LED, but I expect that the vast majority of my display will remain incan for several years into the future.
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