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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 tsrail

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  1. tsrail

    Home Depot Lights

    I had all kinds of issues with the HomeDepot (big) minis this year. Turns out they are 3.5V, not 2.5V like the previous year's 'model'. With about 25,000 lights in my display, it threw off power calculations a good deal. I realized this, of course, after I had the display mostly up and connected! In addition, the inital cost/box was more than 2006, and lights were fewer (70ct vs. 100ct). (And the quality wasn't great. Lots of colored paint flaking off of the bulbs - OK...no more complaining.) I didn't comment earlier, but I know from now on to DOUBLE CHECK the lights I buy in subsequent years from the same supplier/manufacturer/retailer. They might not be the same as before, or even close! Especially before you buy & set up 200 new boxes. :}
  2. I'd love to have single-light (or very few light) LED strands for off-season mock up in the house to sequence to. The new animation window in LOR2 is great, but there's nothing like actual lights blinking while you're sequencing and creating. Tom
  3. I've gotten it at the "chain" sign stores as well.... like SignARama.
  4. Besides....it's not the size of your mini string that counts.... it's how you use it. (*rim shot*) But seriously, folks. It can make it difficult when you are adding to effects in subsequent years, and you have to compensate for these changes. This may have been mentioned already - but I just noticed yesterday - I think the Home Depot single colored minis last year were 100ct. This year they are only 70ct.
  5. I got 12/17. I win a 16 channel LORcontroller, if I'm right, right?
  6. Awesome job! The applause at the end is well deserved!!! (*lament*) I wish us LOR guys could've integrated video this year.... (*not so subtle hint about LOR II not being released yet*)
  7. C'mon....EVERYBODY'S doing it... (peer pressure) (read the suggestions on the links abovefor load/weather issues & tricks)
  8. Sounds like a nice idea! Wish I had something appropriate to send you. One thought....maybe a red, spinning "Fire Engine" (old-fashioned police car type) light or two near your "Thanks" sign would be cool. You might have to use it sparingly, for traffic and/or neighbor concerns, though.
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  10. Nice work! Great display! I like how you used the white 'lightning' effect. Tom
  11. Looks great!For bonuspoints- try and redo for the "Clockwork Orange" version of William Tell. :shock: :shock::shock:
  12. jbarnette wrote: I'm in, too. I'll have the Halloween display video sent as soon as it is ready. Thanks! Tom
  13. RichardH wrote: I had thought of this previously - but never figured out how to accomplish. I should have posted on PC.... Howwould onesequence Don't Fear the Reaper, completewith an actual cowbell next to a stick on a motor controlled by LOR? It would be so very, very sweet.
  14. oldcqr wrote: Wow. Any more posts like this and my Websense filter might start blocking PC!
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