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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.

xmasliteman

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  1. I over booked for Wednesday and Thursday (7/10 & 11) and have an extra bedroom. I have booked at Wyndham Smoky Mountains a 2 bedroom suite and my other party backed out. Should someone need lodging and would like a King size bed with Jacuzzi, kitchen, etc., please call me at 336-692-0322 for details. Great facilities. I still am coming and I am very comfortable in the second bedroom with full size bed, Location can be found on line in Sieverville, TN. About 8 miles down the road.
  2. I have reservations in a Time Share at Seiverville/Fairfield Smoky Mountains for July 10 - 13 (Wed thru Sunday) Just myself so far... Interested in sharing? Facilities are excellent.
  3. Interested in Controller or additional controllers. Do you still have any? xmasliteman
  4. We are located in Winston Salem, NC, 80 channels of L-O-R with over 30,000 lights, Theme this year: Majesty of Christmas. Address: 4755 Randall Avenue (just replaced the street sign, now shows Randall Street). Welcome to come by and visit us. Wayne & Polly Davis Winston Salem, North Carolina [email protected]
  5. This time of year, these should be ready to close them out at 1/2 price. Try Wal Mart or Lowes Hardware. They normally retail for about $3-4 for the 5 foot size. They also have 3 foot cages for $2-3. Answering your question concerning the shape, etc.: Buy 2 for each tree, then place one inside the other, turning the 2nd cage 60 degrees around (giving 6 legs) and turn upside down for the shape of a tree and tie the tops together with 2 inches extending pass the tie. You will find it easier for the long run to run your lights from top to bottom so they don't slip up or down the cage. With the uniformed spacing of the lights, it will make the overall tree look unilform. You may want to vary every other one from going to the top to give the best use of the lights spreading evenly and maximizing the bulbs on the tree. 300 lights on the 5 foot is beautiful.
  6. Scott (& other interested parties): I have done several variations on this and some has worked very well. Here they are: Use a large or Mega tree with presents at the base (or near by). The presents need to be big and small, with the largest being notable large (large enough to hold your manager scene). Your can use a wagon of bicycle to accent, but not to distract. The focus is on small and large wrapped gifts. (Usually there is one in the family that says 'the large one is mine'). Using your lights show to distract from the packages and tree, I allow the front of the package to lay forward by use of a garage door opener. When the lights for the manager are turned on, the package (front) is gone and the manager scene behind is on display. It will be a surprise to them. I used plexiglass in the upper corners of the package to say "GOD'S GIFT" (on left upper corner) and "TO YOU" on the right. Suttle, yet powerful. Another year, I use (to me) a MEGA tree of 14 foot with an angel mounted on top. This 4 foot angel was very elegant with a 14 lighted white shirt (or mega number of lights). It introduce the manager scene by shining 3-4 strands down to the shepard as part of the christmas story. Last year, I used Mannheim Steamroller's Messiah (5 minutes) and incorporated the last portion of the program to the life of Christ with the Manager scene, the Arrival of the Kings (from afar), and the Cross. The cross is suspended on 2 x 4 wire between two trees made of ribbons lights (similiar to net lights, only 8 inches wide) 8 ft by 5 ft. During the last portion of this scene, the cross faded and the 6 foot man figure appeared with his outstretched arms toward heaven (towards his father) for about 3-4 seconds, disappears and 3 figures of a dove flies towards heaven. 1 second pause, then the numerous strobe lights shower the conscentrated tree tops above him - representing heavenly angels celebrating his coming home. All this time, the music is in the finale of Handel's Messiah - King of Kings, and Lord of Lords... (Cars came back several times because of some in the car missed seeing). Then the final 30 second is your showing off with a celebration of lights. (Sorry to be so lenghty - but a picture is worth a thousand words). I encourage you to keep some of Christ in Christmas. Thank you for allowing me to share a passion of mine for years. God Bless. Wayne Davis
  7. Very interested in attending your 9/27 mini-workshop in Charlotte, NC. I have one or two others in this area I will contact for you to determine their interest. Looking forward to this event. Was at PLUS2007. I live in Winston-Salem.
  8. While living in Puerto Rico, my family visited a small village just outside of Ponce, PR called La Puerta. There you would wait until dark, enter a small boat and drift a short ways off shore in the bay area. When you would splash the water, the micro-organizism would light up and move quickly through the water, much like the fireflies. They would only light up when disturbed. We place some water in a jar and saw these close up. Such a marvel - and part of God's great universe.
  9. We were at WDW, Magic Kingdom, Christmas 2004 and they used the Mannheim Steamroller's Hark! The Harold Trumpet Sing, first song on the blue album with a Christmas Tree.
  10. xmasliteman, your neighbor in winston-salem. Sam's Club seems to the the best better for price this year. If you dig in their displays, you'll find some colors.
  11. Being in UK, may present a problem for the female plug to add to the 16 channel unit. If you were using 120 v, I recommend LOR Accessory Section bundle of 8 (times 2 for a 16 channel and the set of two power cord with male plugs. I would search in your country, an electrical supply house or electrical contractor to refer you to a source.
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