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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 mark

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  • Birthday 02/08/1940

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  • Location
    Greeley, Colorado, USA
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  • Interests
    Wood working, guitars, Christmas lighting
  • Occupation
    Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling
  • About my display
  1. I can't defend the newer Belkin models. However, I bought a Belkin in 2006, for $30.00. I did the mod, not really knowing what I was doing. I placed it in an old sprinkler system box, and stuck it on the roof. It worked great until last year. I feel that I really got my money's worth. I think I left it on the roof for one too many years. It was great for 4 years! Cars three houses away could pick up the signal with no problems. If the weather was right, I could pick it up about 10 blocks away. That made me nervous. I could not find a similar model locally. So, I replaced it with a Whole House. The WH was considerably more money. The WH broadcast to folks directly in front of the house, probably 100ft., but that was it. I think if I had taken the time to fiddle with the placement of the antenna, it would have done much better. That is one of the projects for this summer. mtmoriah- What "hidden switch" on your WH are you talking about? I want to do that! Never mind, I just read the appropriate post. Thanks anyway.
  2. mark

    93.9 this year

    Hey Mike, I've been using 88.1 for 6 years. Please don't step on me. Used a "Whole House Transmitter" this year. I may need to reposition my antenna. My old Belkin mod worked better (it finally gave up on me). Thanks for aiming people over to my house. I had a ton of traffic. I almost took the year off, after my wife died. But, I mustered up the energy to get it done. Glad I did.
  3. I was shooting for Thanksgiving. Then tonight. Now, it is probably going to be Thursday or Friday. I'm not doing my cut outs this year. They all need repainting. So, it is pretty much going to be just lights. Mike must be up and running. I'm getting alot of traffic. He points people to my house. I haven't seen him to tell him I'm not quite ready.
  4. I am thankful that I have been blessed with two loves in my life. The first got away. But then I met the second, who I married 6 years later. My wife, Karen, and I were married for 31 years (together 37). She was diagnosed with MS as we celebrated our 4th anniversary. Over the past 13 years, her symptoms progressively got worse. I haven't felt like posting much over the past 2 years. Spent most of my time sitting with her and playing the games on the My Holiday Display website. I was sad when MHD folded up their tent. In June, Karen died. Over the past 13 years, I've thought alot about what might happen when she was gone. I think my grieving process started long ago. I was able to show her my love until her last breath, in spite of my anger toward the disease that took her. I pray she still knows how much I love her. Our relationship was worth every bit of the pain that came with it. I still have our two great kids, and all the memories of the past 37 years. I am also thankful for them. Now, I am hopeful that I will be blessed with a third love in my life. We shall see.
  5. Jim, I say incoorporate them into your light display! You put your heart into these cutouts.
  6. I have a man, woman and indian. Will sell as a set. I am not really a blowmolder, so make me a reasonable offer. Also, consider the shipping. PM me.
  7. My brother-in-law and his brother have been trading the same stollen back and forth for several years. They hide it at each other's house, where it will be found after the hider has gone home. I have a fruit cake that I bought for my dad. Dad died in 2003. Just didn't seem right to eat it. I've never eaten stollen, but some fruit cake is very tasty.
  8. Michael, you already did.
  9. fizzy

    HI!!!!! It's ME, Lesley!!!!!! Surprise! I promise not to embarass you here ;) Just thought I would drop in to say hi. See you later. Love ya.

  10. Wow! That is my zip code listed on EBAY. Greeley, Colorado.
  11. My friend, Dustin, and I have been busy since last Christmas. We saw a video on YouTube of John Lee using infrared leds and an infrared camera ( a Wiimote) to control his computer. The Wiimote uses acceleration, motion and buttons. We had an idea that maybe we could use a Wiimote to control our D-Light controllers, and "direct" our lights live, like an orchestra conductor. He is developing the software to do this, with no help from D-Light or LOR. We are going to integrate this into our pre-sequenced songs, so we can run a sequence and direct some of the channels live. And, of course, we could do a whole song live. The software is still being tweeked, and some of it may be working by Christmas. If we can get everything to work the way we want, we have discussed how we want to release it to the folks at PC and CC. Oh, he asked me to say that he is using Python programing language, and if anyone is is familiar with Python and interested in helping, he's open to that. Feel free to PM me. Also, I have built an infrared led multitouch screen, similar (sort of) to what Tom Cruise used in the movie "Minority Report", only smaller (18" by 24"). Using Dustin's software and my touch screen may make it easier and faster to sequence channels to music. On the other hand, it might be much more difficult, but at least very interesting. We have kept this all fairly quiet, because we didn't want to make claims that we couldn't back up. But, now Dustin thinks he has it to a point that he's comfortable to start telling people about it. Dustin gets the credit for the software, I was only there for support, encouragement and some ideas. I think his software will allow us to use several other methods to control lights, but I'm going to keep those ideas to myself a little longer. Keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck. It should all be pretty cool.
  12. PVC welding rods can be found on the web. When I need more, I will look again. Being naive, I got a couple packs at Harbor Freight. Never again, too expensive. I did use the Grey and White rods with good results. Never tried the Green. BTW- I was at Harbor Freight today. They had the plastic welder, with motorized blower, for $69. Better deal than I was thinking.
  13. Jeff, I got mine at Harbor Frieght for $30, on sale. I think it was regularly $40. They put it on sale about every other month. Keep in mind, you also need a compressor with this welder. Someone found another welder with a blower (compressor) attached. Seems it was quite a bit more expensive. But, not as expensive as buying a compressor. It was in another post re: giant candy canes.
  14. Brian, Keep the tip of your welder about an inch from the rod and surface that you are welding. It is the hot air coming from the tip that melts both the surface and rod at the same time. The hot tip doesn't come into contact with anything. Hope this helps. Practice, practice. One other thing, experiment with the air pressure. You don't want it too high or the air will blow the melted plstic away from where you want it. If it is too low, your welder will overheat. Good luck!
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