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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Creating a new memory every year!
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    Bucks County, PA
  • Biography
    I have always been fascinated with Christmas lights and thought its a great way to spread joy to your community.
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    Engineer
  • About my display
    Nothing but an effort of love and patience

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  1. This is amazing! @Big J Illinois and I were looking for modern build plans for this! I like your idea to use pixels. I was going to try to do something similar but with standard LED strings. ( thread here) @PhotoRay can you share the dimensions of your build? also are you planning to chrome or make the PVC tubes reflective at all? I was planning to maybe try a metallic paint on the inside of the tubes to make them "brighter"..
  2. Did you find a CTB16PC yet?   I have one I have used for the last 3 years I am interested in selling.   I have always set it up my garage, so it has never really been in the weather at all.   I can send pics if you are interested, but that would have to be this weekend--I am working out of town this week.

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    2. danj

      danj

      It is a gen 3 controller.   Here are some pictures.  I am selling it because I am basically running all RGBs this year--I was running 16 minitrees with my LOR controller and I am converting them all to the coro-based RGB minitrees that James70818 sells (Boscoyo Studios).   The only AC elements I intend to drive this year are some strobes.   I built two Renard controllers 2 years ago that I have never used.   I intend to use the Renards to drive the strobes this year; I no longer really need the LOR controller.   I was thinking $200 for the controller.   My zip is 70769.   I attached pics.   Sorry they are not very good; took them with my camera in the garage...   The 3rd one is the clearest.

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    3. Lights@721

      [email protected]

      Thanks for the photos,

      I am certainly interested, how firm are you on the price? I think ground shipping would be ~$25 from what UPS estimates ( I assume other shippers would be similar). What is your preferred payment method? 

    4. danj

      danj

      I guess I should probably setup a paypal thing. I am on paypal so maybe it is easy!   Just haven't ever sold anything before.   I think I would like to stick to $200.   By the way, it has the USB dongle too.   I should have taken a pic of that too.   sorry about that..   Didn't think about that til just now..

  3. Will be attempting a spiral tree this year, also hoping to attract more traffic

  4. Very nice show! Where did you get the audio? I would love to use this medley next year....
  5. find us on facebook "lights at 721"
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