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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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    1. fwiw, the expo will be in Biloxi MS this year.
    2. Also: Carmina Burana: oh Fortuna Toccata and fugue in d minor
    3. In addition to the above....Here are a few songs that could be used, but aren't necessarily mainstream in the LOR community Phantom of the opera -Andrew Lloyd webber. I prefer the overture. Almost anything by "Nox Arcarna". Werewolves of London Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra Bad moon rising -CCR Black Magic Woman -Santana Boris the Spider - the who Dead mans curve - jan and dean Dead mans party - oingo boingo Don't fear the reaper. -boc Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group Godzilla - boc Ghost riders in the sky - Johnny cash I put a spell on you - CCR Kung fu fightin
    4. You could build your own rather than buy one. That being said, assuming the face has multiple positions like open, closed, oooo, eeee: Assign channels as required. Sequence accordingly one note at a time.
    5. Eddie in Madison ms controls 9 houses on his street.
    6. Hire a bouncer and check id's.
    7. You would be surprised. You can likely sell for anywhere between 70% to 85% the current LOR prices.
    8. Wait until January and pick up supplies from the one-year wonders that got into the hobby after watching a YouTube video and then discovering how much headache is involved in the hobby. No,72 channels up isn't to much. But if it is money that concerns you, then start at 32 and build up during subsequent years. Set a yearly budget for what you will spend. In December, buy lights on clearance. In summer, buy LOR on sale The advNtage of LOR is its resale value. If you bust out, you can sell and recoup nearly all your money.
    9. You may want to consider the Monkhouse JUMP tree. Made of steel, it is easy to assemble and lift into the air. They brought one to the Mississippi Mini a couple of years ago. I do not know how tall it was (could have been 30 feet). But it was impressive. http://www.magicchristmasnews.org/magic_christmas_news_002.htm
    10. use guidewires like you use on a mega tree to hold it up at the top.
    11. The problem you would have would be cold temps. You have a recipe for a snapping pole in high, cold winds (cold defined as subfreezing). If you get temperatures into the teens or below, SCH 40 PVC gets so brittle, it will crumble under hand pressure.
    12. A previous thread said to email chuck about this. I don't know if he is monitoring them.
    13. Use a plastic paint by krypton. You might need to prime it first. Painted several of mine. That being said, you might find a local supplier tat sells it in the color you want.
    14. Check the amperage of the fan to see if it is running to specs. If it is, your only hope is to use a spray sealant to try to close pores in the fabric. If this does not help, then it is a dead soldier. Sometimes they just give out.
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