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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.

Al Saunders

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About Al Saunders

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  • Birthday 04/12/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Brooklyn Park,MD
  • Biography
    Married to a wonderfully supportive wife, no kids.
  • Interests
    Blinking Christmas Lights! LOL Also into Football, Orioles Baseball and motorsports.
  • Occupation
    Marine Insurance Underwriter
  • About my display
    Everything is handmade. We are currently using 80 channels of LOR animation on about 10,000 lights and two CCR's.

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  1. HI Everyone, I'm sure most of us do our over the top displays and light shows because we enjoy seeing them and our family members do too but you never know who will stop by out front of your house to see your lights. My wife and I, unfortunately, recently were at our bosses mothers funeral. Her husband hired us over 20 years ago and he passed away in 2013. He was a great guy. The lovely lady that recently passed was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I have ever known. Anyway, while at the visitation before the service we were talking to our bosses wife, we have been friends with the family for many years. In passing she said they took her out to see our lights this past season. We weren't home otherwise they would have stopped in. She then thought about it for a second and told us she's pretty sure that was the last thing they did together as a family before she got sick (again). She battled cancer extremely bravely for about 8 years. She's with Jesus now because we learned she accepted him as her Lord and Savior more than 10 years ago! If really hit me latter that our Christmas light show was there so this family can have that as one of the last fond memories of her. True I love making the lights blink but I absolutely love knowing that people are enjoying our show. If Chuck Smith hasn't told you or you haven't read it in his magazine articles let me tell you this. What we do matters! Yes, have fun but it's also a bit serious. Remember you are making life long memories for the people and especially the kids watching your show. Know that 10, 15 even 20 years from now some person will ask their mother or father "Hey, remember that house you took us to back when we were kids?" "We loved doing that!" I don't mean to bring anyone down just wanted to share something that touched my heart and really made me feel good. Hope everyone has a blessed night/day. Al
  2. Hi Fro8888, You need to plug in each CCR and run the hardware utility. When you hit refresh it will find the only controller on your network which will be the CCR you have plugged in. You then need to assign it a unit id/controller number. Once you have all 6 CCR's assigned with an unit id when you connect all your controllers both regular 16 channel controllers and your CCR's the hardware utility will see all your controllers. Hope this helps. Al
  3. Hey Everyone, sorry I missed it but it looks like you guys had a good time. I will make sure to be there next year and hope to have some good pictures and video of our display. Al
  4. Hi Andy and crew, Unfortunately it turns out I won't be able to make it this year. I have some church obligations this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday so I need to be there. Sorry my meatballs won't be part of the awesome pot luck lunch we have every year but I'll be sure to be there next year. I already told Paul I can't make it. Hope everyone has a great time. Take care, Al
  5. Hey Everyone, the "Yankee" from MD will be there again this year! LOL I'll meet up with Paul again and I'll have my famous BBQ meatballs too. See you all on the 19th. Al
  6. Hey Hotrod,. Thanks, I've ordered from you guys before and have been very happy. I'm probably going to order 12 strings of several color C6 strings while your sale is on. Again, thanks for the input. Have a great day. Al
  7. Hey Hotrod,. Thanks, I've ordered from you guys before and have been very happy. I'm probably going to order 12 strings of several color C6 strings while your sale is on. Again, thanks for the input. Have a great day. Al
  8. Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone knows of a place to get non-dimmable/half wave LED light strings from? The reason is I ask this is part of our display is static and I want to wrap some tree trunks and lower branches but wanted to see about lower cost but still good quality light strings. I'd prefer sealed like the full wave ones we use in our animated part of our display. Thanks, Al
  9. Hi Droptop306, If you are running a basic LOR show and don't immediately plan to jump into the use of many LOR Cosmic Color devices and/or pixel props a basic laptop/desktop will work. I would think anything made within the last few years should be fine. I would check with the LOR site as to their recommendations for system requirements to be sure. You may find that S4 would be a better start than the new S5. As for license level that is really up to you as far as how many controllers are you planning on having. Look over their license comparison so you can see which will work best for you. I can tell you most of us find that the basic level gets obsolete VERY quickly. Hope this helps and welcome to the addiction! Al
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