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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 KeysNole

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All of them...waking up as a child in South Florida when it actually frosted on the car windows.
  • Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Biography
    Small business owner
  • Interests
    Boating, fishing, FSU football
  • Occupation
    Owner of flooring company
  • About my display
    All white incandescents with blow molds

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  1. Just seems to be the warm white...everything else holds up really well.
  2. Does anyone else have issues with the lenses on warm white LEDs discoloring? Mine that are more than a year old are almost yellow to the point where I can't put them on the house. These are M5 sizes. I really don't want to go to cool white. If there is a particular brand that you have had a lot of success with (maybe putting warm white lights on the roof for a few season with little discoloration), please let me know.
  3. I like how you used another piece of wood on the arm. Nice way to create depth. We will be trying the same with coro this year.
  4. Chuck, my main recommendation would be to minimize all of the sub forums. We are in the age now where people want to access things from their phones, and they want all their info in literally seconds. Also, if you had less forums I actually think you would have MORE traffic. People would be more prone to posting, as they would see all of the topics in a few sub forums, not dozens. I love and appreciate this site...just trying to give some feedback.
  5. Zman, I have to "turn" the lights/wires toward the street. If the lights are flipped backward (kind of how they are all wound up when they come out of the package), the viewer sees dark spots on the roof. I'm thinking if there are too many zip ties and the wires are too tight, I won't be able to flip them around as necessary. We use duct tape to secure the wires to our barrel tile roof. Time to untangle these strands and give a few test runs. Thank you everyone for the thoughts and replies.
  6. Thanks for the replies...these are for the roof, not a megatree. About the zip ties...do you make them tight? I am thinking if they are too tight I won't be able to manipulate the lights, and tangles would become a nightmare. It gets a little sketchy up there, so I would like to get as much taken care of on the ground as possible.
  7. Going to super strand some lights this year...how do you make them? Zip ties? Twists? We are using 33' 100 count lights.
  8. We have 4800 lights on our barrel tile roof here in South Florida. I have thought about and tried every way possible. Tape is the only thing that works. I have found that Gorilla Tape is the only tape that works. I take my time and make sure I seal it as well as possible. I will get on the roof once or twice during the season to put some pressure on some of the tape pieces, but for the most part it works very well.
  9. I used 1" (I think) aluminum square tubing for our 16 strand tree. It wasn't cheap, but it's permanent. Zip tied the ribbons to the aluminum and have not removed them in two years. You definitely need to think about storage if you go that route, as some of the tubes are in the 17' long range. When put together, it's heavy. Leaned it up against a palm tree the last two years...considering a mega tree style pole this year. There is a plan on the LOR forums that I copied, but cannot find the link at this moment.
  10. I think I am where most of us have been at some point in the past...very close to success, but having accomplished absolutely nothing. I have watched the video below (and others) enough to make my head spin. Somehow I simply cannot get the songs to properly time and add effects. I know I'm just a click or two away, but literally cannot accomplish one thing. I don't know if it is a slight difference in version or what. When I create an animation sequence, I can add timing and effects, but they do not display on the preview. When I create a musical sequence, I cannot add timing (sorry if that is the wrong term). Does anyone know of a more recent (or even more blatant) video out there? At this point we are only sequencing our mega tree through x lights.
  11. Hotrod, looks like we are heading the way of pixels. Can your controller power 4800 pixels without power injection? Looking to make a mega tree.
  12. The lady on the GCLF from 2016 was very successful in painting her white lights. She has a little "how to" on facebook. Look up Christmas On Wendhurst.
  13. Is it a true LOR CCR tree or the holiday coro version? If it is HC you have to run the sequences through x lights. Your holidaysequences file should also be E1.31
  14. Thanks qberg. So you don't clip the female ends off? I thought I read where people clipped them off, then sealed them.
  15. How do you guys seal or waterproof the ends of your ccr/ribbon trees? Couldn't find anything in the search or youtube.
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