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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.

Bixlers

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Every year waking and seeing the gifts. Always the favorite.
  • Location
    Riverview, Florida
  • Biography
    Father with wife and 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats.
  • Interests
    Family fun
  • Occupation
    Paramedic
  • About my display
    Animated and synchronized display with 16 channels of Light O Rama. Have a mega tree and tomato cage trees. Also bushes and figures. Adding a Holdman Star this year (2017).

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  1. I see it has been a while since this was posted but I can relate. I started LOR last year. I got the demo version and then went to YouTube and looked at videos. The most helpful I found was by a gentleman named John Storms. He runs a display called Listen To Our Lights. He posted a 4 or 5 part series which walks you through every step of the way to get you up and running. Very easy to follow. He has several other videos including a walk-through of his display. If you haven't taken the plunge yet or are still looking for additional information maybe take a swing by his videos on YouTube. I agree with the others her, once you get to that point where it "clicks" it become easy. It will always be labor intensive but it is a labor of love. Good luck to you!
  2. Our Lowes didn't restock as they sold their Christmas decorations so when the normal sales started the day after Christmas there was virtually nothing at Lowes. I usually start at 6am on Dec 26th and I start with Walmarts. Folks can have Black Friday. I would rather fight the smaller crowds for the December 26th. Good luck to you. Merry Christmas!
  3. I followed a tutorial on Tom Holdman's Christmas site at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/. Click the "tutorials" link on the left side of the page. If you can't find it let me know and I will get you more information. I used my Halloween window projector to project the image onto plywood. Just copy and paste the image onto a SD card or USB drive. Traced it, cut it out, drilled it, painted it and attached the lights. I used 175 LED C7 lights. It was simple but time consuming. I took it up onto the roof in sections and reassembled up there. I am VERY happy I decided to to do this. Good luck to you if you choose to make one. You won't be sorry. Merry Christmas! Good for you! Always good to see when the word gets out about a display. Best of luck to you as you go to the next level. Merry Christmas!
  4. All painted and lights attached. Put it on the roof today and it looks very cool.
  5. Getting ready to tie into my LOR sequences Monday. I added the Bethlehem (Holdman) Star to the roof this year. Turned out pretty sweet.
  6. Thank you Also, I will be assigning 3 channels to the star for the show.
  7. I used the technique from Holdman.com. Click on the Christmas link at the bottom and look for the tutorial. It came out to just under 6 feet tall. I used my cheap window projector with the image dropped onto a SD card. I haven't weighed it yet but I am estimating about 45lbs. I will secure it using four sandbags. I am using C7s for the lighting.
  8. I badly wanted to include a Holdman (Bethlehem) Star in my LOR driven display this year. Here is the build and test process so far. Start painting tomorrow.
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