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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.

RichardH

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  1. RichardH

    Our 2009 Display.

    Looks great! That is a lot of arches and it looks cool when they all go.
  2. I got after christmas lights from 2 different walmarts. I bought about 75 boxes from one walmart that had $1.84 on the shelf and after I bought them all I noticed my receipt said "Was 1.84, you paid 1.19 and saved 0.66" I took the receipt to returns and asked them about it. They said I should receive the 50% off the 1.84 price since that is what they were selling them at before it went to 50% off. I bought 375 boxes at another walmart (actually my mother-in-law did) and the shelf had the $2.38 price on it so I bought all those ones at $1.19 each. So in both cases it was fair. I received 50% off the price posted.
  3. RichardH

    lowes return

    So it sounds like you did a "favor" for them. I think people here on PC got a little confused including myself because by using the word "gift" it gave the impression that you bought it and gave it to them as a kind of present which sounded a little strange that they wanted you to take it back. I agree with Tim on others on this thread that it is unethical to try and get discounts on stuff you have already purchased because the season is over. I understand getting a refund on something you just bought and then it went "on sale" a few days latter but I am surprised by the some of the stories I hear on these boards like when lights get discounted 50% after Christmas and they buy a bunch and then after a few days when it goes to 75% they think they can go back to the store and get the difference between the 50% and 75%. Most stores would not refund you the difference but I am surprised that people even try.
  4. I would be nice if there was a "Make Kick Butt Sequence" button but in reality programming is an art and there are so many ways to interpret a song and how different elements are set up in the display that it takes some serious thought. Also the more channels the longer it takes. I am sure I could bang out a 16 channel sequence pretty fast but when you start having 200+ channels it consumes a lot of time. I can only handle sitting down for 4 hours or so at time programming so it is something you have to spread out and the earlier you start, the more sane it will be. I usually spend 6-10 hours working on a song.
  5. I bought 75 boxes from walmart and after I bought them I noticed that they rang up also at 1.19 a box but the price on the shelf said something like $1.84 a box and a sign that said 50% off. Took the receipt to the return desk and they credited me back $25.
  6. Everybody seemed cleaned out this year. I hit several walmarts and was able to get 75 boxes of clears at one. The rest had none or just a few multi colored mini lights. I hit Hobby Lobby because last year this is were I cleaned house. They had walls of lights from the floor to the ceiling. C9s, Minis, you name it. Filled up the entire truck with lights. This year I could not even find the lights! I finally found them and it was half an aisle only on one side mixed it with some other stuff and they were only 30%. Left with nothing from Hobby Lobby. I pretty much gave up for the day and spent a lot of time driving everywhere with little to show. I then received a phone call from my Mother-in-law from a smaller town about 100 miles away. She was going to wal-mart and I told her to call me to let me know what the light situation was. Turns out they had quite a bit of lights so I had her buy me 5 cases or Red, Green, & White for a total of 375 boxes for 37,500 lights. Mother-in-laws are good for something! :giggle:
  7. I thought it was pretty good! I like how they had the large SNOW and then went to SNOOOOOOOOW
  8. Wow! That looks great. How is he slowing cascading his icicle lights like that? I love the music he used also. The whole thing is mesmerizing.
  9. Nice improvement on my design. I had a guy thank me off ebay because he had a lot of these and he started selling them like crazy to Christmas people like ourselves. I have the same camera as you and your video looks pretty sharp. What video editing software do you use and what format to you output to upload to Vimeo. -Richard
  10. I am having to cut it down to 2 songs now. Traffic is starting to back up and we have a lot of snow and the snow plow does not like to clear the entire road so it gets stacked up on the sides and the road is starting to get narrow. One neighbor about a block away called the police and said it took him 20 minutes to get home and they came out and we talked to them. The police were really nice and saying how wonderful it was. They are going and get a plow out here to widen the road.
  11. Last week before Christmas and things are picking up. Right now I am running 3 songs. The whole thing runs about 6 minutes before it loops. I made the mistake of removing Amazing Grace and I heard about it from a few people! LOL Even running only 3 songs I had one guy say he waited 45 minutes to see the lights. I thought about maybe even dropping it down to 2 songs if things get more busy. Anybody else drop songs when you get more traffic? It does seem to move them along faster.
  12. You can't have someone's car towed when it's parked legally on a public street. Oh but it would be so fun to see the outcome since it is not my display. :giggle:
  13. Ditto (Seems to be the popular thing to say this year.) I have a few also but things are not going to be finalized before the end of January. Wish the deadline was more like March or April.
  14. Ditto It seems a lot more people this year have put up lights. Then again I wonder if it is a case of "I have it too syndrome" The more you get involved with something, the more you noticed that other people have the same thing. I bought a Mazda Miata several years ago because I really like it and didn't recall seeing that many on the streets. It seem that right after I bought it, I started noticing them all around me. Even the same year and color! Once you get obsessed with something, you notice it all around you.
  15. I don't know if I would say that. I am sure they were selling them pretty much at cost anyway and they were loosing money when selling them at deep discounts after christmas just to get rid of them. Who knows if they are trying to push everybody to LEDs or if they will have a lot more incandescents next year. I have to admit though, all the stores seemed to stock very low on incandescents this year. Its a conspiracy!
  16. Ditto When Wal-Mart put out their lights, there were very few. Over a week ago the only thing they had as far as incandescents go was about 10 boxes of blue on green wire.
  17. I use to listen to Dr. Demento all the time when I was a young teenager and I use to look forward to all the Christmas songs they would play. One that I always remember and has a catchy tune is I Found The Brains Of Santa Claus You can listen to a sample of it here http://www.themadmusicarchive.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=342 I am sure it would not go over very well is the display though.
  18. This should not really hurt your feelings. Some people don't want to roll down their windows for various reasons. They may be an anti-santa fundamentalist Christian or have some other reason. Maybe it just makes them nervous talking to a stranger. If they don't want to talk to you, fine, just move on to somebody else who does.
  19. I know what you mean. I did some programming for a customer and his whites behaved different than the red. For some reasons when you had a lot (guessing 15 to 20 strands) of the white LEDs on one channel, it would have a problem with the fade off and would blink off and on when it was fading down. LEDs have different fade curves and they fade different from each other depending on manufacture, color, even the batch date. When programming I have a few incans set up on a controller so I will know exactly how they will fade.
  20. I am nervous about switching over to LED also because of the large cost and the quality issues. It would cost $20,000 to replace all my minis with LEDs and with all the after Christmas Sales I can replace all the minis with new ones for about $1,200 and $3,000 if I purchase them at full price. It is cheaper to just buy new lights every 3-4 years. we spent about $1800 last year to do a power upgrade because it was still cheaper than buying all LED lights. If i knew I was getting rock solid LED strings, I may be more willing to jump on the bandwagon but my fear is spending a ton of cash and then being stuck with LEDs that have problems.
  21. Wow! That was awesome to watch. BTW the audio cuts out on the youtube clip at 2:13 and picks back up at 3:30 and then cuts out again later on.
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