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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 zulfie

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    • Birthday 09/30/1969

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    • Location
      Round Rock, Texas
    • Biography
      Jack of all trades, master of none
    • Interests
      Cars, Sports, Christmas Lights
    • Occupation
      Program Manager
    • About my display
      Still very new, trying to get animation down before I move to musical
    1. Hey Tim, What is this coil you speak of, I'm stuck with some 1/4" rebar but can't bend them into a J or U shape due to the thickness... Need something good to anchor base to the ground... Ray
    2. Chris, That is RIDICILOUS!!!!!!! That's what I'm talking about, will be keeping a close watch on this.... The Mega Tree display of the nodes is incredible... Ray
    3. Does anyone know if there exists any c7 or c9 bulb that has RGB changing capabilities? Would be great if we had something like this out there and the abilitiy to have them switch to specific colors like we can with LED Pars via DMX.... Ray
    4. I tried searching, but couldn't find anything specific here or on LOR's website, maybe someone can help me please. All I want to do is schedule my 10 min Animated sequence to play repeatedly for about 4 hours at night. I need it to loop at the end of the 10 min and start over... When I add the program to the Show Editor on the Animated Tab, how do I tell it to Loop at the end? Does choosing the Play Concurrently or Play Sequentially control this? Thanks, Ray
    5. Thanks Cade and Anthony, both of those are good ideas, I might do both of them to see which works better for me. The maintenance part is important too. Thanks guys, Ray
    6. Does anyone have an easy "one man" way to twist light strands together? Ray
    7. Chuck, Wrapping the Crepes are such a pain because the branches are so flimsy, they don't hold up the lights. I had to use fishing line to hold them up, but it was such a chore, took me like 4 hours to do just one of them and I had 6 to do... Needless to say, I'm not wrapping them anymore Ray
    8. I was thinking the same thing.... Ray
    9. Thanks for the feedback everyone.... Ray
    10. Hi, I apologize if this has been answered, but searched and couldn't find a good answer. Does anyone have a good method to wrapping an Oak Tree in the sense of how you lay out the wires with the socket or plug end. I would like to wrap a tree in 2 colors and control with 2 channels and trying to figure out the easiest way to wrap it without having too much overlapping lights... Thanks, Ray
    11. zulfie

      Wall Wash Help

      Greetings everyone, So, I just recently found this forum and this past year was my first time using LOR display. I want to add more to it this year and would like some help in choosing the right LED wall washer... Attached is a picture of the side of my house, not sure how wide it is but, about 35' high. My question is what is the right LED wall washer to use without having any of that spot light effect, would like for it to be an even wash... Thank you, Ray
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