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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. For Christmas, I run my projector outside to show the 'Frozen' video on my garage door so that wouldn't work through a window. But for Halloween, I do have a smaller LED projector that projects on a screen covering the window. I had originally purchased one of the projector kits at a Christmas Expo that included one of the Atmos(?) videos. The screen material that comes with that kit was really too small to completely cover the bedroom window that I was using. So I actually purchased some material online: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Translucent-Fabric-Projection-DIY-home-movie-screen-material-SOLD-BY-THE-FOOT/181950861081?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Cut and sewed in my own edges to give it a little strength and put in corner eyelets so I can put it on/off easily with stick on clips around the windows. Here is a little video of one of my last year Halloween that shows the window from outside:
  2. I never got any reply here on it, but most of the time I was bringing mine in every night. At one point, I did put a C7 light bulb inside of my cabinet just for a little heat generation and left it out for a couple nights. The projector started up fine each time OK. So still not sure if I will do that all the time, but that may give me options if I just can't bring it in on certain nights.
  3. I've got a question for anyone else that lives in cold climate areas (you southerners need not respond). Does anyone else run projectors outside in the cold climate? And if so, do you leave it out all night or do you bring it in after your nightly show? I live in Nebraska, and I always bring mine in at night which is a pain to have to wait until the show is over each night (and the last car has left) before I go out and bring it in. So just curious if I'm just being over cautious with it. Mine is a Dell 2400MP projector if that matters at all.

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    I have the following items for sale: 2 PixCon16 (v1.2) boards for sale at $170 each. I have 1 manual available, so let me know if you want the manual for first come. 1 was never used, the other one was used for a couple times for Christmas. 1 CMB24D (V6) for sale at $60 includes manual. This was never used. 4 Easy Light Linkers for sale at $100 each. I have 2 manuals available also first come. 2 of them were never used, the other two was used probably for 3 times for Christmas. Let me know if you are interested in any of these items.


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  5. Thanks for the link. The pictures of your house are beautiful.
  6. Thanks for the links. That helped a lot.
  7. I've seen some light displays using arches in the lawn (like along the sidewalk). Does anyone have any suggestions or How To's on making something like that? On the LOR web site, Dave Horting's Stille Nacht video has an example of what I'm talking about. Thanks for any help.
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