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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.

Cody_Lawson

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About Cody_Lawson

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  • Birthday 03/08/1993

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    http://www.symphonylightshows.com

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    Central City, Nebraska, USA
  • Biography
    My name is Cody Lawson and I live in Central City NE. My hobbies include Christmas light shows and computers. LOTS AND LOTS OF COMPUTERS!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas light shows.
  • Occupation
    Computer Repair
  • About my display
    My display last year had 250,000 Lights, and 128 channels. This year is over 300,000 Lights and over 224 channels!

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  1. guess it looks like getting led's this year isn't going to work out like I thought...
  2. I have been to a few walmarts recently to check on there stock of LED's only to find that they are extremely low! Like only 35 or less boxes of LED's! Is this everywhere?
  3. Awesome! Thanks for the idea! Just be careful though...there might be a tear or hole in the press and seal one of these times and if some of your plugs are in water you get a pretty good jolt...just a tip Cody
  4. Anybody from Nebraska going?
  5. Iv got a couple questions regarding the walmart led's and just led's in general. Were switching to LEDs this year so I want to get the best 1. Are the walmart led's any good? Quality? Reliability? 2. How low do the prices on led's go after Christmas? (walmart wise) 3. Difference between full wave and half wave? (kinda on a tight budget) Thanks! Cody
  6. That's ok totally understandable anyway got the problem figured out, someone came down with their laptop that had lor installed, so it all worked out Thanks for the help everyone
  7. I am in serious need of someones licence info for the light-o-rama S2! I apparently found out yesterday that all my licenses were used up? Ya i was totally conffused by that message! Anyway im not trying to get the software for free at ALL, i have already bought the software when i got a couple controllers a few years back. I will only use the lincese once and thats it! I contacted LOR but i imagine they dont work on weekends. I need this by this evening for our parade of lights! Need help! Cody
  8. Awesome thanks everybody i totally forgot about that website lol, Cody
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    Sorry to hear about that! Just don't give up! Last year we had the worst winter in years which basically tore down our whole display, still repairing some things lol Hope everything works out for you! Cody
  10. I am in need of "Christmas with a capital c" sequence by go fish guys by this Sunday. I was asked to out together a float for our parade of lights with short time on the clock lol, Looking for 16 channels or more... Thanks, Cody Would be willing to share one of my 224 channel sequences!!!
  11. So now my question to all of you is: Whats the quality of the Menards Christmas Lights? Or any other vendor store wise not online. We are going after Christmas to pick up as many LED's as possible for the best possible price. Also whats the cheapest you have seen LED's on sale after the Christmas season.... Thanks, Cody
  12. Thanks for all the ideas! At least now i have an idea of what to buy. The display this yer isnt going to be as big as years past, Infact im starting all over and working my way back up the ladder, getting bigger and bigger every year. Going fom 250,000 lights down to only just a couple thousdand ya it hurts but at least im switching to LED's!!!! Thanks!
  13. Ok so let me first start off with letting you all know that I WILL be doing another Christmas Light Display this year! I wasnt going to due to the stress but have found out that i gain more stress from people asking me "Why arent you doing a display this year?" So here i am lol, anyway i am switching the whole display to LED's this year starting from scratch and wanted to know what the best LED Product is out there (website maybe?) Thanks, Cody
  14. Just to let all of you know that I AM still selling the display and those of you that have contacted me first will still have first dibs on the Equipment. I have been very busy lately and havent gotten around to much yet but i will ASAP. Thanks, Cody
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