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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 Jmayes

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  • Birthday 02/03/1957

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  • Location
    Wharton, Texas, USA
  • Biography
    Our family are christmasholics. We enjoy seeing the smiles on the childrens faces when they come to our show
  • Interests
    Camping, Fishing
  • Occupation
    Business Owner
  • About my display
    I am currently running 96 channels, with approx. 40,000 lights. I have a walk thru area with roughly 50 blow ups, with trees, blow molds, and cut outs. We take donations for a local charity while the show is running.
  1. In the past 24 hours we have been contacted by some of the 2012 Academy attendees (from LSH and beyond) concerning an event of similar size has scheduled their bi-annual gathering on the same dates as the 2013 Academy. These people were confused, disappointed and, in some cases, angry. We wish this was not the case but this was not a decision on our part, as our event was open for registration on June 18th, two months ago. We could be angry about something like this but we at Lone Star Holidays want to accentuate the positive of our event and not focus on the negative of the scheduling situation: The 2012 Academy hosted 242 people from 24 states. That’s registered attendees, not walk ins, and we're confident that based on our registration numbers so far (nearing 100!) we will exceed that in 2013. There were over FIFTY unique class topics taught at the Academy in 2012. There is no other event that even comes close to the educational aspects of our event and we are extremely proud of that. The feedback on our education and quality of instructors over the past 5 years has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are, quite honestly, humbled by the support and kudos we receive on classes every year. The cost of the Academy has never exceeded $75 (and is at an Early Bird price of $60 right now). We believe that the cost to the attendees and our vendor partners should be reasonable and should go along with our guiding principles as a non-profit organization. Everyone, from the planners to the instructors to the attendees, pays their registration fee to attend. This is not a money-making venture for us and it never will be. The Academy happens every year and has never been cancelled or downgraded to a smaller event. We work within a well-planned out budget and consider the economic climate each and every year. We have made adjustments to our financial model over the past 5 years and will continue to do so. In short, what we say you'll receive is exactly that. We believe in underpromising and over delivering. We are of course disappointed that attendees and vendors are going to have to choose between 2 events in 2013. Because we opened registration on June 18th and have almost 100 already paid to attend we wouldn't feel right about making a change (not to mention that we have our facility contracted and paid for). All we can do is continue to bring you the most economical and comprehensive decorating event that we can, and we promise we’ll always do that. Regardless of geography or forum/group affiliation, everyone is welcome to join us at the 2013 Academy.
  2. I see a 20' mega tree on the roof
  3. 2 weeks till the Academy. Do not miss out on a great event
  4. I am with Fasteddy on this. The EDM is top quality. Throw the antennae in the air, higher and the output could be 1 mile
  5. Under no circumstance, would I consider attaching to the stucco. Never bore into the stucco. Once you do, it puts stress on this area and will eventually crack. Then you will have possible moisture penetration, then failure.
  6. Or put a couple signs that say, danger, high voltage. You would be amazed how a little sign helps. I used to have kids run into my yard, but with the signs now, the parents seem to have a better understanding on keeping the kids out. Dogs, no help there. Maybe one of those silent type fences, that puts out a tone that we cannot hear, but they do
  7. I think this is your question. You can not put the projector on a controller. The amps are to much. I had to turn mine on every night. If I am wrong, feel free to say so. And if you are asking how to use video, instead of putting a song in the sequence, under edit, media file, you find the video and add the video file
  8. Your firmware on the 2 thats not working correctly may need to be updated. Or verify that you have the setting right on the software
  9. You are so right. So right
  10. I would have to differ on that Don. LOL. I have put 20 in mine with no issues. If you look at the ones that you assemble, they are rated at 20 amps. And the ones that are put together say 15. But they are the same boards. As well I was told by a tech at Lor, that they are the same, and even though it says 15, it is a 20 ampper. Just my 2 cents I would have to look at the warranty. I have not seen it say it would void it. Confused
  11. If you look on the main page, they posted that most of the charactors wll be available towards Christmas time, 2011, at most retailers
  12. Some folks that I know use this site. http://c-leds.com/store/
  13. Its on the water. What happens if it goes down. Will that delay the delvery
  14. In reality Noah was closer to God, then say, all the other stuff on the market at Christmas time. Like disney, or Nascar.
  15. I include the donations at the start of my show, as well run adds in the local paper. Some newspaper will put a article in for free. Especially if it is for a local community cause
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