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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.
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  • 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.

mike isaacs

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About mike isaacs

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  • Birthday 07/28/1963

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  • Location
    Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA
  • Biography
    I'm engaged to a wonderful, beautiful lady, and I have a 18 year old daughter.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, bowling, fishing, boating
  • Occupation
    Asst. VP, Sr. Business Analyst - Investment Firm
  • About my display
    Currently I have 80 channels, with approximately 25,000 lights. Would very much like to expand at least twice the number of channels.
  1. Jason, I hate to hear it buddy! Maybe get a written document from the ex-Mayor that says he doesn't mind them parking in the edge of his yard. If so, they can pull all the way over and not block traffic. If they have an ordinance (like Jacksonville just passed) that prohibits vehicles from being parked on the side of the road, they should have 24 hours to move it after being notified (we do). After the season, I will gladly bring my tiller over and we can fix whatever damage is done to the ex-Mayor's yard, not a problem there. I guess I'm lucky in the fact that I have no houses to one side, my neighbor across the street decorates a lot, even though it's static with some store bough animation, my next door neighbor does, and I put some lights up for one a few houses down. Even gave them the lights to do it. This is my 6th year, and have not had one complaint. Though the year Channel 11 did a story on my house I thought I was going to have problems. I was out front talking to some folks, and 2 police cars turned the corner and pulled down the street. They pulled right up in front of the house, in the middle of the street. I walked over and asked if there was a problem. Their response: "No sir. Our Captain came by here a few minutes ago. He radioed out to all of us and said if we get a chance, come check it out!"
  2. I've been the past two years, and am going again this year. I do two of their songs in my show, and have plans for another if I can ever get time to do it.
  3. Merry Christmas to all! I hope Santa was good to all the kids, both big and small! Mike
  4. I'm doing a rock version of Winter Wonderland by a local band called the Screaming Santa's. A friend of mine is good friends with one of the band members, and is supposed to bring them by after the show starts. I'm doing it more so I have amix of music for all tastes than anything, and thought using a local band would help draw them some attention. Since they are going to do a concert in December, I am also going to put an announcement in there to catch them live the night of the concert! Mike
  5. In reading this, I feel really bad for you. I guess I'm pretty lucky in the town I live in (Jacksonville, Ar - just North of Little Rock). In a 30 minute span last year, I had 7 police cars in front of my house. When the first one arrived, I walked up to talk to him and see if there was a problem, or if someone had complained. His reponse: "No sir. Our Lieutenant drove by here a short time ago and called over the radio that when we got a chance, we needed to come check it out." Over the season, I had a minimum of 2 or 3 police cars cruise by - very slowly - every night. As well as several drive by as I was taking everything down to tell me how much they enjoyed it. Hopefully your's will get worked out and you can enjoy the Christmas Season without that on your mind. Good luck! Mike
  6. I am off the Thursday and Friday the week before Thanksgiving. I scheduled those specifically to work on the lights. I will probably start doing the roof and stuff on the weekends leading to that time. I hope to have everything up by the end of that weekend prior to Thanskgiving so I can setup the computer outside, run the show and "tweak" any spots that need it due to changes in layout, etc. Official light-up should be Thanskgiving night. Mike
  7. Bowerm, something else to think about. How good is your neighborhood? We all know we don't like to think of someone stealing your Christmas display items, but it happens. And if someone KNOWS you are running control boxes, if you have them mounted outside, you always have to worry about that. For the sake of not worrying about it, I had ALL control boxes in the house, ran extension cords for each channel out the window. My brother and I went in together and bought LOTS of spt1 and spt2 and then orderd teh vampire plugs to make our own extension cords, so much cheaper than buying extension cords from the local Wally World. Mike
  8. Now Dan, "no real excuse" from you? Let's see.....business out the wazzoo because of one video.....hmm, I call that a great excuse! As always, you're busy taking great care of your customers. Gremler - I'm like you. I don't test anything when I put it up. I test them all when I take them out to set up the next year. Funny how sitting in a box for 9 1/2 months makes things not work.
  9. I don't have a picture, but I'll explain. Just had my service upgraded in November of 2005. Only work done was on the meter box. Added a new one (doubling power)with an outside breaker panel withslots for 16 breakers in the box. For2005 (due to time constraints) I ran temporary circuits on 2 of the breakers. Ran 2 LOR boxes off each 20 amp breaker. Then I had a seperate 30 amp off the main box INSIDE the house. Ran two LOR boxes off of it. Ran my last16 channels off two insideoutlets on that were on separate circuits. I wish I had taken a picture of the wires coming out of my front room window. Hmm, how did I ever get anything hooked up to the correct channel - oh yea,3 hours of running one cord at a time off 64 channels.
  10. Plans for 2006 - I plan on 32 more LOR channels, bringing the total to 96. More songs - possibly to alternate days with different songs so the visistors that come every night (I had several visitors that said they came very time they were out) can get different shows. 10' Tree from Darryl Brown - already got the kit - now just gotta get everything else and decide how many lights - 3200??? 6400??? Decisions, decisions Something to start the show off - I like the THX thing - may incorporate that with something else to start it off. Upgraded service last year - wondering if I got enough! Double up colors on mini treesso I can get twice the effect with half the items. Different colors, different channels, same tree Oh, and Loftus001 - if you get the Virtual Santa - get ready for 100 questions. Best part of my show this past year - more comments than anything else. One little girl (happened to be my cousin) sat in front of my window for 10 minutes watching everything he did!
  11. All - here's a perfect reason for some type of security. This video is from the Benton/Bryant, Arkansas area. The police have the video - they found it on the kids - but won't do anything unless someone can identify that one of the houses vandalized was there's. Sorry for the advertisement at the beginning, it is from a news station. http://www.kthv.com/video/player.aspx?aid=21704&bw=
  12. Chris - don't wait for clearance at those places. Find out the priec listed at the store,then talk to the department manager. Tell them you want to buy some bulk "zip" wire (also known as spt1 and spt2). They will likely knock a few cents off if you buy enough. For example - My brother Scott and I called Sutherlands (a small home center here) to see what they would sell it to us for. It was priced at .12/ft for spt1 and .15/ft for the spt2. We were buying approximately 1500 feet, she knocked off .03/ft for each.
  13. Not sure of the same system will make it to NC, but I saw on one of our local stations here in Arkansas that there is a weather system that their computer model says is headed to us in a week to 10 days that is supposed to bring some VERY cold air into the area.
  14. Hey Art! I'd be interested. You can email it to me, or if you happen to come to my Superbowl Party (hint: that's an invitation) you can bring them then! Mike
  15. In our area, the traffic increases are entirely due to word of mouth from other people that saw them. Here it is December 23rd, andI haven't seen a single item in the newspapers, on the TV, on the radio, nowhere, mentioning light displays of ANY kind except for municipal displays. The town I live in didn't even do a contest this year. BUMMER!
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