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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.

webslinger

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About webslinger

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  • Birthday January 24

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Discovering 25 people outside my home singing Auld Lang Syne new years eve watching my display at midnight.
  • Location
    Sunnyvale, California, USA
  • Biography
    Somebody sent me "the" WiW YouTube link asking me if that was my house. As soon as I saw that I knew I had to have an animated light display. 2 weeks later by the end of November I had 32 channels of LOR. That was in 2007.
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    Manager, Web/Tech geek
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  1. webslinger

    Bay Area

    Nice! good for you-congrats!
  2. I use a MacMini and Parallels software running Windows 7. Have used that for years without issue. Before that I was on another MacMini running Windows XP via BootCamp. I've run LOR for 11-12 years this way and no hiccups* and no "real" windows box. I've only now started to come across an issue trying to configure first gen LOR PixelCon 16 boards via the Mac running Windows. I'm not convinced it a Mac / Ethernet issue based on what I've read about PixelCon 16 boards. I haven't had a chance to try and fully update the firmware on the LOR boards and dig deeper so I am not assigning blame yet.
  3. webslinger

    Bay Area

    I got some small tiny and small locks from OSH and just attach them to the tree, or a close object if possible. Keeps the mischief down from someone just walking away with them. I've done a display for 12 years or so and the only mischief has been someone unscrewing lights around the sidewalk. weird. Willow Glen eh? Owner if I ever rolled by. What street was it on? -Webslinger
  4. webslinger

    Bay Area

    Just checking in. Is there a west coat version of Plus or Mini Plus?
  5. Don't forget outlets and/or cat5 to your roof eves. run 4 wire 110v to each outlet so you can have 2 channels per outlet. run them back to a common collection point.
  6. Are you planning on reposting the video link to your mega tree with all the channels? It's pretty awesome and I had hoped to show it to a friend.
  7. Walmart in Mountain View, California has pre lit 6, 7.5, and 12ft green trees still on hand and @ 75% off. I was there tonight looking around and they also still have tons of white on green wire mini incans.
  8. Im waking up this thread hoping to find the now broken forum post of custom inflatables. I had some family health issues that derailed my holiday efforts for a couple years but I'm back- and on the trail of the Pug inflatable and hope to reach out to Tim to discuss.
  9. The lights used at the Coueur D'Alene resort for their holiday lights show are "cut off the trees and thrown away" every year. Story is the work to take them down carefully, store them, test them, and deal with failing strings the following new year is more than just getting new LEDs. Wow. We flew there to see the show and it's nice. As seasoned LOR sequencer I had hoped their animated tree would be a little better but still an overall great holiday experience.. http://www.cdaresort.com/discover/activities/holiday-light-show
  10. I'm sorta OCD about straight C9 eve lights so I've spent every Christmas tie wrapping almost every other light to white nails behind my eve facia and then sighting down them from the ends confirming all are straight. It is incredibly time consumimg and I get compliments but still curse it year after year. I have to decorate a second house this coming year and to save time I had been pondering 1x2 or 2x2 preprimed wood strips and screw in studs with wing nuts to attach the rails to the eves. I want to cry like i'm a carpenter and just saw an air nail gun... You know, you could then rotate them up out of view maybe after the holidays vs taking them down, but who cares if they are this easy to install. This changes the game for me and I can't thank you enough for sharing.
  11. if i bought some holiday trees @ 50% off can I go back and get the diff. refunded?
  12. Anyone chime in yet? I'm in Burbank almost weekly...
  13. Another alternative: X-10 sells a momentary contact plug in unit that you could install in the outlet next to the one that powers your door. Then as others have mentioned run the wires down in line with the button wires. Then have your computer/LOR send an X-10 command via an X-10 whole house interface unit. The cost for the interface runs 10 bucks from them as part of other specials and the relay runs about 25 bucks. My .02. -Doug
  14. Ummm I don't think all of those free songs are Christmas songs.... Here's a second link to the Amazon 25 days of free Christmas songs (1 per day) http://tinyurl.com/AmznFreeXmas (have no fear, I reduced the size of the mile long url to this) -Doug
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