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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.

The SnowMan

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  1. I like the idea of buying the mp3 and using that to run the show. I've decided to buy a laptop for our internet and business use but I didn't want the computer being used while the show was running. That was my deciding factor to buy the mp3. I'm not worried about color ribbon at this time due to the outrageous price.
  2. The one I'm looking at is an HP with 750 hard drive, 4g ram, and intell processor. I'm in Iowa.
  3. I need to buy a new laptop. Question is, what does it need to have to run light o rama? How much ram and hard drive? I also will use it for internet of course. Thanks
  4. Just curious if anybody has suggestions as to where I coud buy LED lights in the off season? Thanks.
  5. Thank you. The tech support guy recommended basic plus since Im adding my own songs.
  6. I just have one controller and not the superstar. So, can I add as many songs as I want to my show/sequence? I saw on the website that each package only supports x amount of "tracks". This is all confusing for me. Sorry.
  7. I just purchased my first LOR. 1602W used from a friend. I need to download the license but my question is this: Say I want to add 10 songs to my show by making my own sequences. Do I need a certain program or will the basic or basic plus permit me to do this? Just need to know which one to get before I soend money on the wrong one. In reality, Im looking at 4 songs for this year and adding more next year. Thanks everybody.
  8. Hello everybody, I"ve been digging around on here for a few days and cant find any helpful info. We bought a new house last year and went from vinyl siding to aluminum. I've got hundreds of clips that I bought at menards that worked excellent for the vinyl. The problem Im having now is the clips will not slide uner the aluminum siding. Just curious if anybody has found some sort of a clip to fit under the laps? I dont want to drill holes nor do I want to spend a fortune on suction cup clips. Any help would would be appreciated. Thank you.
  9. Thats what I was figuring. Also figured it was stupid question but had to ask. Just trying to get all the info I can now. Thank you!
  10. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum but here goes... I see guys using LOR and they have lights that change colors. For instance, I saw a guy whose ice cicle lights turned from red, to clear, to green. May be a stupid question but can the LOR make them change colors or would I have to buy multi colored strings or multiple DIFFERENT colored strings? Just kind of confusing. I've been putting up lights for 20 years, and am finally going to start LOR next year so I'm trying to get some info now. Thanks everybody!
  11. Well, didn't wrap any connections and it rained today. NOW NOTHING WORKS!!!!!
  12. I live at 903 Jones Street in Bettendorf. Check it out!
  13. I have a 250 multi-colored C9's and 5100 mini-bulbs for sale. All brand new and all green cord. Send me a pm if interested!!
  14. Well, I've got just over 20,000 up. Need to add another outlet then I can finish up. As far as LED's go, they may use less energy but I can't see spending a couple grand on the amount I would need. Mini lights and c9's all the way!
  15. Mine will be turned on Thanksgiving night and will run until new years eve from 5:30-10:00 every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas night during which they will run ALL NIGHT.
  16. I'm thinking about making a 6-7 foot mini-tree. I think I've got the base figured out but my question is how do you guys secure the lights to the top of the pipe? For some reason I just can't figure this out! I was thinking about installing a row of drywall screws around the top and wrapping the lights around them? Any ideas and suggestions please!!!!! Thanks!!!
  17. As of today I have 17,000 up. About 4,000 left then I'm done unless I decide to build the mini tree that I have been contimplating.
  18. Hi neighbor!!! I put C-9's on my roof this year as well. It was nearly impossible to get clips underneath the ridge caps so I used 3/8 inch staples. This worked great and holds the lights pretty much straight up in the air. Plus, the staples are not long enough to do any damage to the shingles.
  19. I found some actual siding clips at Menards. Work awesome! $3.69 for 40 pcs.
  20. So I got a little carried away... Most bushes are done and small side of the house is done(siding) Just couldn't stop! The rest will have to wait until after Halloween, just wanted to get some of the less obvious work done so I could free up some time for the rest.
  21. I've always thought to try and keep the water out, that's why I've always arapped them up.
  22. I have always wrapped all connections with electrical tape to protect against rain/snow/ice and it's worked pretty good. Only a few minor problems. Just wondering waht everybody else uses and maybe there is a better idea? Thanks!
  23. I have a tree in my front yard that I cover with 3200 muti-colored mini lights. I have 3 plugs coming out of it at the end which breaks down to 1400 in a line. These are strands of 200 lights ened to end and never had a problem. I also change any bad bulbs as soon as they out because as everybody knows, one goes out, the whole 4 foot section goes out....
  24. I used to use the plastic clips which worked great until I had a new roof put on and they wouldn't slide under the new shingles. Last year I used 3/8 T50 staples and ran lights across every other lap of roofing and it worked great. The staples are not long enough to damage the shingles but ARE long enough to hold the lights in place through snow and ice.
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