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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.

    Kenny Greer

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    About Kenny Greer

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    • Birthday 04/06/1981

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      Conway, South Carolina, USA
    • Biography
      I was born and raised in Prospect, KY, just outside of Louisville. Lived there until I was 20. Started decorating for Christmas there in 1993. I currently live in Conway, SC, near Myrtle Beach, and travel extensively to dances and music festivals all over the southeast.
    • Interests
      Acting, Dancing, Playing Music (Mountain Dulcimer), Traveling, Calling Dances, Hiking, Camping, Biking, Weather Watching, Hanging out with my new Nephew-- Bodhi W.K. Pierce
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      Contra Dance Caller, Musician, Fedex Kinko's (now FedEx Office), Actor
    • About my display
      The 2007 display consisted of 29,998 lights (yeah, I was just mildly miffed that I came THAT close to 30,000), 105 strobes (OK, if you count them as Christmas lights, then I topped 30,000, but STILL...), 248 channels of computer control utilizing the Light-O-Rama software and hardware, just one week of sequencing adding up to a total of about 12 hours (don't ask, long story, but I pulled it off and lit up December 22), 3 songs ("What Is Christmas" by TSO, "O Holy Night" by Bart Saylor, and "Appalachian Snowfall" by TSO). The display included icicle lights in blue and white that chased across the roofline, multicolored bushes, an artificial tree on the porch, a ropelight palm tree, a 15-foot mega tree, and 48 light bars that were laid on the ground in an arching formation with loops at the ends across the yard.

      It was a lot of very hard work, but it was all worth it for the memories that it made this past Christmas.

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    1. I managed past it a time or two also. I tried to steer clear when possible. I just hope that my goof (whoever turned that second number on my name tag into another 3 instead of a 4...). I was tired enough to make that mistake, though. The person who got the voiceovers totally deserved to have them. I needed the little flashlight anyway (could have used it a week earlier, but I have it when I need it in the future).
    2. Great tips that you have there. Another thing that I have not read often that I learned quickly back in 2006 when I first started sequencing: When you are first starting out, it might be a good idea to not necessarily start with a list of songs you are "going" to sequence, but instead to listen to many songs, and just keep listening with your display layout in your head. There will come a moment in one song the first time you hear it that you will immediately see the lights do something in your mind and know that you want to do this song so that you can make them do that (notice...it ju
    3. There's a snow machine in it this year? I really need to get back down to Broadway (you'd think I'd be there more often since I work across the street from it). The pictures of the trees are awesome. I can't imagine having two of them like they have.
    4. When someone brings me a package at FedEx wrapped in brown paper, I ask them the following: 1. Can we remove the brown paper? I then explain why (the address/labels can come off and the package won't get where it's going when it has nowhere to go). If the answer is yes, I either let them remove the paper, or I remove the paper for them. If not I ask them: 2. Can we sell you a box to put it in? If yes, they buy a box. If no then I give the option of wrapping the entire package in tape, which makes it a challenge for the recipient to get into it. Normally it doesn't get past
    5. I'll be registering shortly. My preferred beverage is Coke. I had fun there last September. I'm looking forward to it this go around. I just have to be out in time to get to Columbia by 7:00 to call a dance.
    6. Oh yeah, I forgot about that one. Seems we were doomed by natural and international events to not get them until September, but we did get them. I have no clue what I'm going to order this year, yet. I have only vaguely come up with any idea of what I might do with the display.
    7. Weren't we joking last year that all of the LEDs being used at the Olympics were ours? That was August. In all seriousness, though, he does try to get them out as soon as he can. Last year's got held up for more than two months beyond our hoped-for delivery date for some reason. I guess when they asked him how he wanted them shipped and he said "cheapest way...slow boat to China," they took him literally!
    8. FedEx is in my VERY biased opinion the best. Not only is it a better price than UPS (I can't always claim that over USPS, though, but USPS doesn't necessarily guarantee stuff), it also helps my personal display fund (I work for them). It is true that if you sign up for an account you do get a discount on shipping with them, too. And in doing so and printing out your labels at home, you don't have to wait in line to fill out forms. Just take it in and drop it off, or call and arrange a pickup. As I said in another thread, most stuff shipped to me is though UPS. That doesn't bother me,
    9. Wow! I'm typing this by faith that I'm hitting the right keys. That is bright. That is a little slower than Darryl's, but I don't think it would be an issue when you got a bunch of them flashing together. I would like to see more of them together to see the randomness of the flash. But that looks (or should I say looked) great!
    10. Being in the shipping business and seeing people gripe almost daily, I can tell you that, though I'm not happy to have to pay shipping either, it is the normal way of handling things for almost all businesses. I'd say maybe about 98% of these types of dealings with returns are paid by the customer, with the vendor paying to return the fixed or new item to the customer. Does that make it right? That's not for me to say, and it's up for debate. But that is the way it is, and I'm not going to argue with it because I want LEDs that work when they come back.
    11. Ha! Yeah I remember that one. I guess that tree of yours wanted to tour the country before it got to you. **also a reason I'm trying to get my stuff down and out as quickly as possible, though Each of my large bushes was supposed to have 15 strings of the LEDs and a string of strobes on top of them this year. When I was finished undecorating just one of them, I counted, and discovered that I had taken 19 strings off before I even got to the strobes (these 19 were spares put on when the originals went out). Then I had the 15 still to go! Another bush had 12! The one I just did I thi
    12. I'll be shipping FedEx because I work for them. DHL has shut down their US shipping, and is only an international option now (occasionally I would see times when they were cheaper than us, but the person who always delivered was as friendly as an angry blowfish). No matter what, I'll stay away from UPS. The last package they were supposed to deliver to me never arrived. Thank goodness it wasn't a life or death item (it just happened to be a small replacement shipment from CDI). And the one before that they couldn't find my house, even though the package they were delivering said "Chri
    13. You're very welcome Jeff. If you need more next season, I actually wound up purchasing some more for this season. Long story there, but it's spread all over this site. You are right. In my videos from years past (the actual displays looked great) it has been difficult to distinguish the gold from the white. That's why when I went LED, I went with the cool white, so there would be a more pronounced difference between it and the gold.
    14. Wow! That's a very nice display! You did a great job on it.
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