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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.

Richard III

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About Richard III

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  • Birthday 09/20/1991

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    http://www.lightorama.com

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  • Location
    Billerica, Massachusetts, USA
  • Biography
    Eagle Scout of Troop 55
  • Interests
    Go-karts, Christmas Lights, Boy Scouts
  • Occupation
    Summer Camp Staff
  • About my display
    32 Channels
  1. These are so cool. I am going to build four of them that I can control with Light-O-Rama. Instead of using aSoldering Iron, I am going to use Plastic Model Cement. I use this stuff on Model Rockets to hold plastic pieces together. What this stuff dose is it melts a little bit of the original plastic and bonds it with a little bit of the other piece. Actually Because it takes two hours to set, I think I am going to use the soldering Iron to hold the cups togetherand after put on some plastic cement. I'll try to get a picture when I finish them.
  2. What are you going to do with the cannons, and if they are going to shoot how are you going to simulate that. Sounds Cool
  3. Do a search on Google and look for "Traffic Counter" or "Vehical Counter". It returns lots of results. http://www.sensourceinc.com/vc_basiccounters.htm http://www.vehiclecounters.com/ This May Help
  4. That is great - I have always been trying to figure something out that would work like this. [line] One Question how dose it work. Say for the part that says "Hear the Lights" the 'H' is using a light bulb space where the 'T' is in "Tune to...". How can you turn on the 'T' in "Tune to..." and not turn on the 'H' in "Hear the Lights" Sorry I Get it now the third channel is used for light bulbs that are found in both letters. Chanel one and two are for the bulbs that are unique to each individual saying. Is this Correct. [line] PS - Would there be a way to controll 3 sayings and if so How many channels would it take. Yes there is and it would take a total of 7 Channels and a lot planning. Thanks Ricky
  5. Richard III wrote: Sorry I forgot to add the link http://www.christmasdisplays.net/howtovideos.php
  6. Heres a how to that you can find out how to splice a C-9 String to any lenght. Hope this helps Ricky
  7. http://www.lindsaylights.com/Technical/donation_box.html Ricky
  8. wrap a tree in light segments and then chase the lights up the tree and ave them fan out at the top to make it look like a firework exploded. (kinda of like the Leaping Lights Idea only up a tree) Just anIdea. Ricky
  9. I had built some of his letters last year (look at my picture to the left) He had told me that he was going to work on a how-to to show how to build a stand Last year he used the stand on his roof to hold his letters. This Is His Website ------> http://Lights4christ.com Ricky PS. Awhile backI had sent him a PM asking him about the how tos and this is his response From: JR V Date: 2007-01-17 15:31:02 Subject: Re: Mesh Letters Stand Probably will have all the pics resized and ready to put up on the website sometime next week. Been to busy packing up all the display stuff this past week to get anything else done. JR Vogtman
  10. The channel Idea would be only if I had a bunch of extra channels (Doubt it) :laughing: The Rope light with the black out bars is a neat Idea. I personaly don't like rope light too much so I think I would stick with the C-9 bulbs. Good Idea (Glad I though of it) :laughing: Just Kidding Ricky
  11. I am thinking If I have enough channels of LORI am going to make the numbers computer controlled as a numer 8 would be seven channels. For a total of 14 channels. (that is a lot of channels so I may not do that. Ricky
  12. Dave and Justin what do you guys sugest I Love The Clock Ricky
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