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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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    This will be my 10th year putting on a Animated Display
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  1. Time Left: 26 days and 53 minutes

    • For Sale
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    I have two EDM FM Transmitters for sale. They are hands down the absolute best in the market. Both of these are in mint condition and are working 100%. Please research and you will see the positive feedback and reviews. I'll provide an 12 VDC power supply with each purchase. I can also assist with spec'in a 1/4 wave vertical antenna with 2 ground radials. The output signal will be outstanding! - EDM-TX-LCD-P (no enclosure) - $150 shipped (New price is $213 from EDM) (I can provide pictures on request) - EDM-TX-LCD-EP (with enclosure) - $175 shipped (New price is $234 from EDM) (Also seen in the pictures attached to the post) Please IM me with any questions. I can provide additional pictures on request. Thanks, Lightman

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  2. I can't use these this year as I thought and was hoping someone else could put them to use. *All new in box* 20 - 100 ct Phillips Red Mini Lights Regular price per box $4.49 9 - 400 ct Holiday Time White Mini Lights ( two 200 ct strands) Regular price per box $10.00 12 - Misc Boxes of Christmas Lights 4 - Christmas Light Plastic Stakes include no charge Asking $100 shipped (I'll need to remove the lights from the boxes due to shipping constraints) Please PM me if interested. Thanks!
  3. Looking for a FM transmitter for my display this year. Either the EDM LCD or LCD RDS would be a great find. If you have something, please send me a PM. Thanks!
  4. do you still have them - and how far are you from Kansas City?

  5. Controllers and Lights have been spoken for again, pending funds now. Will post again if these deals fall though.
  6. Hi Group, I have many Christmas Lights up for sale, still new in the box. Asking $125 plus shipping. Please PM me with any questions. Thanks! *Target Brand Lights* Boxes / Type 4-18ft Clear Rope Lights 24-100 ct. Clear Mini Lights 17-100 ct. Red Mini Lights 3-100 ct. Green Mini Lights 3-100 ct. Blue Mini Lights *Holiday Time Brand Lights* (Wal-Mart Brand) Boxes / Type 12-300 ct. Icicle Lights 2-150 ct. Red Net Lights 2-150 ct. Clear Net Lights 1-25 ct. C7 Light Set Clear 12-400 ct. Mini Light Sets (2 sets of 200 ct. per box) 12-100 ct. Green Mini Light 10-100 ct. Clear Mini Light *Phillips Lights* Boxes / Type 4-100 ct. Blue Mini Lights 10-100 ct. Red Mini Lights 6-100 ct. Green Mini Lights
  7. How much for all 4 Controllers

  8. How much are you asking for the controller and do you have LEDs?

  9. Which part fixed your hum?

  10. Hi Group, Well my EDM LCD arrived today, I was the 2nd order in batch #6, so it's been a pretty good wait, but well worth it!! I had it assembled and ready to transmit within 15 minutes. Once I had it on for the first time without audio applied, there was a annoying hum. I found out quickly that it was by to many other electronics in the house, moved to a better location and noise went away. First test was done with the factory antenna and transmitter in the second floor of the house by the window. Had stereo signal and no noise up to 1/4 of a mile @ 10mW output. Next test was done in same location with the transmitter power increased to 100mW, which got me a good 1/2 mile without noise and stereo lock. Past that I still had stereo lock but a little noise. Only went about a mile and still could hear the station, used my factory radio in my Chevy truck for testing. I used the Belkin Tunecast the past two years and you really can tell the difference in audio and distance from this unit, much better then the Belkin. Right now I'm listening to a Christian Rock Show broadcasting over the internet, into the EDM LCD and into my Grundig portable FM receiver with headphones, SOUNDS GREAT! As if it was coming from the 100KW transmitter itself, but in reality it's to far to hear with this little radio. Thanks Scott for finding these units and all the work you have put into this project!!
  11. Hey Group, I just finished my lastest project and wanted to share with everyone. Give you some background as to what lead to this: Last year I had two 4' Metal Stars, wrapped with four different colors of rope light. I would only turn one color on at a time and kind of flash through each color in the programming. Well the colors ended up bleeding into each other a certain angles and ealier this year I came up with a solution. Plus, 4 different colors of rope light are very hard to wrap on one metal star These should have a neat effect when tied with some LORII programming (spinning fades, ect). I made two of them, used 1/2 solid round steel rod, the stars are 4ft by 4ft and the total height of the array is almost 10', just to give you an idea. Each array will use 4 channels and I used 18' lengths of rope light and zip ties to hold in place. Please PM if you have any questions. Cheers, Lightman
  12. I would like more information on the EDM kits. Would like to buy one and wondering how long till you get the next batch in?

  13. Funny you bring this topic up, cause I alway kill the lights while the display is running as it does hurt the overall effect of the display. We use candles during the show if we really need the light in the house, been taking showers the past couple weeks using a candle as a source of light, lol. Also might help offset the electric bill, not much, but a little. We also live in the country and have a yard light, it is off as well.
  14. Thanks for the pictures! I was getting ready to add colored C7's this year and thought I'd like the Opaque better, but wasn't really sure. This makes up my mind. Chad
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