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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.

JPat

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JPat last won the day on December 11 2015

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About JPat

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to list
  • Location
    Bradenton Florida
  • Biography
    Father and Husband
  • Interests
    Cars, Sports, and Holiday Decorating
  • Occupation
    Manager
  • About my display
    Currently Static. LED Roof lights, LED lights surrounding the perimeter of the lawn, inflatables, and lighted reindeer.

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  1. I too support HotRod1965 and Holiday Light Express. I have been ordering in there pre-sale event for 3yrs straight and no issues with their lighting. In addition, I did buy my c9 retrofits from another vendor mentioned (CLE) and going on my 5th season with them.
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    Silent site?

    I have to say that I don't think that it is limited to this forum, as some of the auto and boats boards that I frequent all seem down as well. I attribute it to mostly to many transitioning to phone for internet use as well as all of the social media sites/apps. I will say that here and the LOR forum were very helpful with going animated, DIY projects, recommendations, and of course the authorized vendors.
  3. We have been buying from you every year during your sale and plan to do so again. Yep, started about 3-4yrs ago where basically the store was blown out on Black Friday weekend. Sometimes I feel bad for the people searching for lighting and props the first weekend of December only to have the look of "what are we going to do now". My understanding is that they do not restock after Thanksgiving.
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    Light balls

    I took chicken wire formed it into a ball and then wrapped with 5mm wide angle LED's. I think that there is 4 strands each on these. 2017-12-05_06-36-49
  5. This is our second year using LOR and this is one of our 12 songs currently.
  6. Wow, that neighborhood has probably always looked forward to his display each year. Too bad the neighbors couldn't all pitch in with set up and take down too keep the show going.
  7. The best way to start is to just jump in and start learning the software and sequence editor. Welcome to the madness.
  8. I looks very well thought out and set up with detail. I don't think that there is a need more, but have you tried green and red floods on the house?
  9. This was the trailer, where are the rest of the vids?
  10. Unfortunately there are two large circular hedges on either side of my display that split each property.
  11. Thanks for the replies. As far as the tree, I just don't like that it stops at the certain points but don't have the ability to really go higher or further out. I have made a couple of hanging ornaments for the patio out of chicken wire and mini lights, so I was planning on adding these to the tree next year. Yes, the ground items are the big change next year. I have already built a few mini trees this year (as practice) and will be adding 6-9 of these next year. I just don't know if I should buy the 5mm LED's or M6 mini's to wrap with.
  12. I love static displays as well. I am at the point that I want to add a lot more......and make the jump to animation. I plan on using TSO and other Christmas songs too keep it relative to the Holiday. Here is my display this year. I took the plunge and bought C9 LED bulbs for my roof and perimeter lighting. The big tree wrapped takes away from the display, and I will do something different with it next year. I plan on adding mini trees and other items to the yard, as well as doubling the roof lighting.
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