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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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    thatchristmaslightshouse.com
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    St Louis MO
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    Our baby is 25 months old! ok, not really. But I don't want to get behind.
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    Yard decorating. Transitioning to Christmas from Halloween.
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    IT
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    I cant create a profile unless something is here. Are you satisfied?

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  1. There is new version 3.2.4 of Marquee RGB matrix effect builder today. https://vimeo.com/78723703 This version has a new preview mode which allows you to set the amount of black space between pixels. You can set the scale vertically and horizontally to adjust for your matrix spacing. This will give a better idea of how it will look on the actual pixels. Also a pop-up window to zoom in and set the preview size as large as you want.
  2. Is there going to be a SLAM this year?
  3. Miip got another upgrade today. Now there are two new options to effect the way the currently playing song is presented to the viewer. I can still accept more users for this season if anyone wants to try it.
  4. Another enhancement today. Now you can have a set of songs which do not rotate in the show, but instead will play only if the are voted for.
  5. Today I upgraded MIIP to give all enrolled displays their own sub-domain within miip.mobi When you use this subdomain in your link for your website, the guest will go directly to your shows schedule page.
  6. I have not been charging for it up to this point Tremor30. But would accept $20 Yesterday I was told my job is ending before Thanksgiving. So I need another job quick or I will have to start charging a lot more.
  7. Thanks Doug. And thanks again for the sign. Hope to make a frame for it this weekend.
  8. If you are interested in show control via internet phone, email me as explained in the below document. This is for LOR only. There is setup work involved so please inquire early. All accounts who used it last year are still active on the server. http://itsmebob.com/...umentation.html http://miip.mobi
  9. Bob-O

    Ready 2010 shows?

    Early birds! I have the yard marked for the ground elements but none out yet. Some of the overhead lights are up. All the construction projects got done early. Tested them again yesterday and they are ready to mount.
  10. Hmmm .... I typed a post but it seems to have disappeared... Sorry if it turns out to be a repeat. Anyone who wants to try MIIP for this season should enroll asap. November will be too busy and too late. The above $200 price was kidding! There is no charge for this season. The current release is fully functioning with all reported problems addressed. 1.0.2.0
  11. The Beta period for MIIP is ending in August. Pricing starting September 1 will be: $200 List price. Provide the discount code 90PctOff to pay only $20 ! If you want to get MIIP totally free, you can still request enrollment AND complete your setup before September first. A completed setup includes creating a show and using MIIP to play it and vote. Take a look here. http://miip.mobi/?s=TCLH Enrollment info http://miip.mobi/help/MemberDocumentation.html The latest release of MIIP includes Integrated support for RDS text. (Using your RDS capable transmitter) Improved verification tests and speed. Improved MP3 tag identification. Improved visitor tracking. LOR version detection.
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