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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 RickWilliams

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    • Birthday 05/01/1961

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    • Location
      Quartz Hill, California, USA
    • Interests
      Lights, Christmas, Lights and Lights
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      Electricity Tester - Ouch! Yeah, it's working.............
    1. We have created a new controller calculator for upto 50 Controllers. This was initially designed with LOR in mind, since this is what I use, but it will cross-over to other platforms. I find it indespensable during my planning and expantion, it's gret for light management, power balancing, sequencing and just managing what you have. If you find any error, please let us know. http://www.quartzhillchristmas.com/12.html Enjoy,
    2. We bought 500' of 24" spaced C9 sockets a few years back, my motivation was I hated taking down many strands of C9 stands from the second story eves. The main reason we went with 24" spacing was because then we could braid four strand of continuous C9's giving us four controllable channels; with the 24" spacing it allowed us to run each strand along two sides and the front of the house without over-loading the controller. The end result was much better than I expected with bulbs spaced at 12". Another nice benefit from the continuous the strand, is we staple our strands to the eve, and duri
    3. No, you did nothing wrong. These are configured as LOR single channel sequences, so the audio track needs to be attached to the sequence from your working LOR directory. The audio tracks are in a sub-folder named Christmas Vacation Soundbites of the zip file you downloaded.
    4. Hello everyone, I have made available our Christmas Vacation sound bites on our web site. Each bite is one channel and configured for Light-O-Rama software, 28 sound bites in the zip file. We like to use them between sequences along with a few static light channels, they will be a fun addition to your display to help emphasize your dysfunctionality during the holidays. We also have many of our older sequences available for download. Link: http://www.quartzhillchristmas.com/13.html (Sound bites at bottom of page) Enjoy, and remember Christmas isn't Christmas without cousin Eddie!
    5. At last! The new 25 Controller Load Calculator is done and ready for download from our site at: http://www.quartzhillchristmas.com/12.html Sorry for the delay, I know several folks have been waiting for some time now, but with baseball season in full swing, about 8 recertification exams, getting the pool ready for the season, and a endless list of new projects on the board has made this release very trying, to say the least. We will have a user
    6. Remove the bulb from the bases and switch the new bulb to the old base.
    7. When I lower the PC volume the Belkin FM transmitter will also lower the radio volume. On the fly volume control.... We had a nut the other night park perpendicular to the curb and on a curv in the road.....when I went down to shut the show off, they had already left.
    8. Nice work Zac. We hope to resolve this mess also next season.
    9. Very impressive Darryl! Are those tie down cables in the first photo? What do you estimate it's weight to be?
    10. This does not make any sense, the C7's and C9's are parallel, reducing the or increasing the bulbs will not reduce or increase the voltage to a bulb (Brighter or dimmer). Are you talking about incandescent bulbs and not LED? If you increase the line, the load applied to the wire could melt it if you over exceed the wire rating. Maybe when you taped the wire, you did not split the ends apart taping then individually, preventing a potential short from a strandtouching another? A client you say? can't imagine anyone asking this question and charging someone else for service.........so
    11. MrsLaFournaise wrote: No I didn't notice, I must be getting tired.......must keeeep shooopppping! guess I'll have to go by and check again, Laura is going to love this......I'll just tellLaura 'Kerilyn told me where they where........It's all her fault!':laughing:
    12. What life? Laura and I go out on Black Friday to Christmas Shop and I come home with $100.00 worth of lights that were not even on Sale, we did also buy some gifts. I had to stop at Home Depot on the way from work last night and still picked up 6 boxes of lights........... I have no idea where I am going to put them, I'm sure I will find a place.
    13. It can be done several ways with out a computer. I can't explain how, but maybe someone else can that has done it before. 1) Fiber optics; create your sign (Letters) with fiber optic thread, create a color wheel that will light the 14 letters you desire in the pattern you desire. you can get the color wheel motor from a cheap fiber optic Christmas tree, the thread could be made from heavy fishing test line (guessing). 2) Salvage several chase controllers from old chase lights, usually 3 to 4 channels and run them in series (ch1 letter, ch2 letter, ch3 letter, ch4 next controller and so o
    14. I have not counted exactly, but the Load Calculatorwork sheet states I have 11,034 bulbs, not counting 400 feet of rope lighting.
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