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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
      drummer boy
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      Eatonville Wa.
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      Disabled and getting hooked on Christmas lights
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      Computers and lights
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      Starting out 2016 64 channels

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    1. Ok, so I found out it is made by Pan Asian Creations Ltd. Tom
    2. Is this a Hamberger piece by chance? If not does any one know who made it? Tom
    3. Just copy and paste what you want into your sequence and channel configuration. Tom
    4. I was looking before for these myself. I found these but I am not sure if they are what you are looking for. There was another company I was looking at a few years ago that sold them but they went out of business. They have other colors as well. https://store.winterlandinc.com/Set-of-5-Pure-White-LED-Snowfall-Strings_p_17034.html# Tom
    5. I was in the same boat a few years ago with the store bought [ Home depot. Lowes, Walmart, Hobby Lobby,] C9 LED strings with not being bright enough and having to constantly fix them. I had about 10 strings that year fail. I got so sick of it that the following year I spent the extra money on pro grade light strings and retrofit bulbs. 4 years now and very happy, have not had one fail yet and they are plenty bright. I still use Walmart mini lights for some things only because the after Christmas sales are very cheap. Tom
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      What is this?!

      So cool to see a vintage design made modern. Great job. Tom
    7. You can try here: http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45155-2006-d-light-designs-controller/?tab=comments#comment-418341 Tom
    8. Red/ White/ Blue/ Green. Single color strands. Not a fan of Multi colored strands. Tom
    9. My 2017 Christmas Display. 96 LOR channels being used this year due to getting a late start. More next year. Merry Christmas Tom
    10. Lots of sequences here : http://forums.lightorama.com/forum/19-sequence-sharing/ Tom
    11. Great info. Thanks for posting. I have been wanting to make these for a couple of years. Maybe next year I will have time to finally make them. Tom
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