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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.

Bounceman Santa

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a Wonderful Life
  • Location
    Chesterfield, VA
  • Biography
    53 yrs old but my wife tells me i'm going on 12. I'm very young at heart and Christmas is my favorite holiday. I'm very competitive so i'm looking to stay on top of my Christmas Light Show.
  • Interests
    Anything outdoors. Fishing, swimming, biking and working out.
  • Occupation
    Owner of a party rental business
  • About my display
    Was using Mr. Christmas sounds of Christmas. Just upgraded to Light O Rama because we are adding an additional 4,000 lights this year.

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  1. Thanks for all your feedback. I took your advice and decided to start decorating last week and should finish up by tomorrow. That way with my wife out of town visiting our daughter in Hawaii I can dedicate 8 or 9 hours a day to sequencing songs. I never realized that I would learn to become somewhat of a music producer. Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the system. Thanks Again! John
  2. Thanks Qberg and crazylightguyin585. Your post have put me a little at ease for my upcoming project. I haven't connected my controller yet but plan on doing so this Sunday. Come Nov. 1st I will have alot more time on my hands. What sites do you recommend for the sequences? John
  3. Thank you all for the kind remarks. [email protected], thanks for the feedback. I was planning on using the first year as a test year to see what I can do with the new features. My wife and I own our own business and we are seasonal and come Nov. 1st we will slow down which will leave a lot of time on my hands. I plan on using the first week of Nov. to get familiar with the setup and options available and start decorating mid Nov. I like your idea of creating new sequences during the season. Thanks again!
  4. I have just upgraded from the Mr. Christmas Sounds of Christmas to a Light O Rama 16 Channel. We have added additional lights this year and have exceeded our limit for the Mr. Christmas. I also wanted to be able to do some different things with the lights this year. Our display is 90% LED lights. I just received my Light O Rama last week and I am wondering if I am starting this upgrade to late for the upcoming season? I am hoping to have at least 10 songs programmed for this year. Is this to large of a task for a rookie? This is my setup from last year. This year I have built driveway arches and 5 new smaller trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to stay near the top of our neighborhood contest. Thanks! John
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