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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.

    Will Sanders

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    About Will Sanders

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    • Birthday 03/19/1987

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    • Location
      Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
    • Biography
      Recently graduated and just enjoying summer before getting a job. I do run alot and competed in while in college. Apart from that, I play drums and in my spare time do some freelance lighting and sound work, including music editing.
    • Interests
      Technical Theater, running, Christmas lights, landscaping, music
    • Occupation
      College Student
    • About my display
      An ever growing display that will finally get to around 150 channels of Lightorama and hopefully crack 80,000 lights this year with about 80-90% of the new items and lights being LED.
    1. While I don't have a single car driveway, the majority of it is single car. Used 3 10ft sections of I believe 1in or 1.5inch pipe with couplers. I tie all the arches together at the top and the two ends are tied to stakes. Sink some rebar into the ground and there aren't any problems. Once I worked out all the kinks, haven't had a single issue in 4 years, except one of the stakes coming loose. But that was unusually high winds coupled with lots of heavy rain. Will Sanders
    2. I would assume either the 31st or the 1st. They were right around when they normally drop their prices, although it was a Friday instead of the middle of the week. It is usually around the 15th give or take a day. Will Sanders
    3. 13 sets of GE Red C5 and 8 sets of GE RED M5 1 set of GE Blue C5 2 5count Lighted Candy Canes 3 LED snowflakes 4 sets of 10 count Gemmy shooting star icicles 3 50ct Blue C5 and 3 Green C5 from Walgreens 2 sets of 9ft Cool White Ropelight 2 wireframe Mickey Mouse heads There was a ton of LED ropelight left, so hoping it goes to 75% off. Very few LEDs or incandescents, unless you need C9s. Will Sanders
    4. I got maybe a case of the GE LEds and some shooting star icicles. Look for a remote controlled 2 outlet plug. It will ring up at 6.37 or so. It comes with a $10 off 50 that expires the 18th. Will Sanders
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      Watch out for when they do the dollar days sale. I picked up 100ct ones for $1. Plus if you use the 20% off one item, it works out even better. Will Sanders
    6. The clips that come with it can be a bit difficult to install on the gutters. I have several of the poles, all bought at 75% off, except the first one, which was a door prize at PLUS 2005. As others have mentioned, I have had two of the poles fail at the joints, they will not lock in place. I do use the clips, but I put them up with a ladder. Never used the pole to instal clips, but if you can get a painters pole cheap, it might be a better, more durable option. Especially since you can unscrew the top of the christmas pole and put it on other poles. I know at one point you could actua
    7. They should be IP65 rated, so they should survive outdoors. Will Sanders
    8. It might be 36. Again, when I talked to Brad at PLUS, the actual product hadn't been finalized. Will Sanders
    9. I talked to Brad at PLUS about these. There are 48 3 watt LEDs and 5 dmx channels, (RGB, dimmer, and strobe). Preliminarily, he was talking a 60 degree spread. Not sure if that has changed or not. You will need a power supply to run them. Will Sanders
    10. I believe that in the LOR forums Dan mentioned they would be available for pre-sale in April. Originally it would be part of the secret sale but they decided it would be easier to do it afterward. Might even be a discount on pre-sale orders. Not sure. Will Sanders
    11. The board listed will work, however it may limit you in the future. While there are many options that will cost lots of money, one solution that may work is Chamsys MagicQ for the computer. Download the demo which is free and ha full functionality. Then get an entecc dmx dongle and you have one full universe of control for a little over $100 plus the computer of course. I have not done this myself, but it is highly recommended. Will Sanders
    12. You don't need the $1000 minimum. That is only for his commercial customers, not the PC folks. Will Sanders
    13. One possibility is that they use DMX strobe lights and can individually control each one. I know they use a Highend systems Wholehog console, but not sure on the strobes, but my guess would be that. Will Sanders
    14. I got lucky and got most of the lights in before the snow covered everything. Though I still have plenty of lights on trees, some extension cords, the driveway arches, and mega tree. Longest any of this has been up in a long time. It seems every 5-10 days we get more measurable snow.I'll be lucky to get them all down and stored by Spring. Will Sanders
    15. Most of the ropelight I use has come from a variety of local sources over the last 5 or so years. Only had failures on 4 of the 18 foot ones I had. The Walmart ones are still working. I've recently had some issues with some of my ropelight frames, many of which are over 5 years old. I have also had good luck with Chauvet's ropelight, however they no longer make it. Used over 150' of it for a high school production where it was mounted onto much of the set. It had held up well during my time there, but don't know what has become of it since I graduated. Will Sanders
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