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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 drn1377

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  • Birthday 11/20/1972

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Don’t even know where to start!
  • Location
    Stuart, Florida, USA
  • Biography
    Love to fish, hunt and Christmas time in general!
  • Interests
    fishing, hunting and Christmas lighting
  • Occupation
    Helicopter and Airplane pilot
  • About my display
    256 channels of LOR controlling 100,000+ lights and growing!
  1. I really doubt that you would have any luck with that. Mostly because to get the stobes to fire at a certain point, you have to "charge" them early by adjusting your timing forward so that they charge and fire at the prescribed point. You also will do damage to some of them by attempting to run them at reduced voltage and flashing them on and off. I have been using strobes for years and I am careful not to sequence them to turn on and off at close points and I never run them via any dim, shimmer or twinkle programming. I have never owned a Mr. Christmas unit but I have watched the neighbor with one, so I suppose that I am only somewhat familiar with the programming that it plays. Doug
  2. I would say that is a good price. The drive to get them is soley dependant on your desire to decorate. Based on the fact that you posted here you should be saddled up and on the way! Doug
  3. Thanks to everyone for the reponses. Mily has bailed us out this year and I may even have a backup on the way too......
  4. Mily, Are you willing to sell me one? Ilooked at the one listed on EBay and it is identical to mine, but I have to wait for the bid and then shipping......But thanks Rob I didn't catch that one listed on there. The color of the hair doesn't matter and the softer plastic shouldn't?? Thanks, Doug
  5. Ok, I was finally in a position to crank out a picture of our "has been" angel. She is about 16 inches tall. Sorry for the delay, I had to work all weekend. Doug
  6. Anyone out there willing to part with a small (less then 24" tall) angel. We just realized as we unpacked the final portion of our display that my wife's grandfather's angel has finally fallen to pieces. We have been incorporating this piece "in mid air" above our outdoor nativity each year and have had many positive comments about it. My wife was upset, but she understood that things only last so long. Anyway, if anyone could help please PM me and let me know your asking price. Thank you. Doug and Lynn Newsom
  7. Tim, I see that you are here in Florida, call Lori at Lori's Lighted D lights. They are in Lawtey, FL and she sells the best quality clips that I have found and she is very reasonable with pricing. If you need colored lights on white wire, she's also a great source for that or any other wireframe needs that you may have. Her number is (877) 647-4906 and make sure you let her know that you are a PC member and got the referal from here (I think it will "assist with cost"). I've been dealing with them for years you will not be dissappointed! Doug
  8. I build an 80+ foot tall mega tree each year and I am still using mini lights. I agree with the above post, smaller lights give a definative outline of the tree and are plenty bright enough. I even use them for the star on top, it can be seen for over a mile away in the dark. Doug
  9. Sounds like the weather here in FL, I've been using ospho rust remover for years now and seldom ever have an issue. Just build your wireframe, brush or spray on the ospho, let it dry and paint. The ospho is also a primer and will inhibit rust and corrosion for years to come. Just google ospho rust remover. Doug
  10. Alright here is mine, took a bit to grab the camera and get the pics onto the computer. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40813[/ATTACH]
  11. Like rjnitto's above post, I overheard a group of four young ladies that pulled up and could not figure out how we "knew what was coming on the radio station next to get the lights to act right".....I was pretending to be the neighbor at the time and could only think to myself, "man you girls managed to drive here all by yourselves?" But I guess we take our shows for granted sometimes.
  12. Richard, Sign me up! I'll help critique, but not much of course wrong time of the year for complaining...... Doug
  13. 3678 SW Sunnydale Street Dunnellon, FL 34744 (Northwest Central Florida) 254 Channels of Light-o-rama 81' Mega Tree Broadcast on 97.7 FM Everyday 5:30pm to 11:00pm Display has over 100,000 lights along with numerous wireframes and a rustic stable for the nativity scene. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40283[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]40284[/ATTACH]
  14. Ben, you are clearly overdriving the transmitter. It will cause huge distortion in your transmission, especially during the "louder" points of the music. Just turn the volume down on the computer (that sounds like it was the only part of this setup that you changed this year too) and you should be ready to put your show into action! Doug
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