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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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About paulm

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  • Birthday 09/09/1959

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  • Location
    Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
  • Biography
    Like Christmas Lights
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, ATV Riding, RC toys
  • Occupation
    Owner Madden Industrial Craftsmen www.mici.com
  • About my display
    Use Animated Lighing controls, blowups and video display. Currently using 64 channels and also DMX controller controlling over 7000 lights.

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  1. Yep, got one as well. Like it alot.
  2. All up and running here in Hillsboro. Added lots of new stuff this year along with moving the whole show over to LOR from Animated Lighting. Here's a link to the video of the opening song along with a voice over from The Demented Elf. Sad to hear this is his last year of doing voice overs. Made sure I got a bunch of fresh ones before he went :). Merry Christmas everyone.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgeGg976gj0
  3. I'm going to just run it continuous. I'm thinking of making a little graveyard scene in the garage and have the pumkins singing in there.
  4. I got it here: http://singingpumpkins.bigcartel.com/product/download-singing-pumpkin-animation $25 bucks gets it to your haunt! Paul
  5. JIm, I just got singing pumpkin projection that I plan to use this year. I've posted a demo of it here on you tube look at 2:30 and they do the Yo Ho song. You just need one projector and it does all 3 pumpkins. I think this is going to be a hit with the kids.. Paul
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    LEd Light Hack

    Saw this article today on hacking LED lights and thought I would pass it along. http://www.deepdarc.com/2010/11/27/hacking-christmas-lights/ Merry Christmas,
  7. Darin,Thanks, Caroline and I were out out your place last night and I have to say your looks great. Looking at it as we were driving up it looks massive. I love the strobes. Hope the traffic is picking up I know there was another car with us when we were there. Here's hoping for a good season.Merry Christmas,Paul
  8. Well it's that time again. Just started up my show at 6:00 tonight and all is going well. Here's hoping everyone has a great Christmas and that your displays bring lot of joy to those who come to watch them. Merry Christmas,
  9. paulm

    3D Hoilday Specs

    Hi All, Just came across these and never have seen anything like them before and thought they were a neat idea. Has anyone else ever seen or used them? Thought they might be a neat thing to use in conjunction with a Christmas fund raiser or just looking at other Christmas lights with . http://holidayspecs.com/ Paul
  10. Count me in! It will be great to see everyone again.
  11. Found this article on the use of nanotechnology to produce warmer colored led's. Thought I would pass it along. http://gizmodo.com/5445775/nanotechnology-could-vastly-improve-the-color-of-led-lighting Enjoy, Paul
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    LED Lawnlights

    Was looking at maybe adding these LED lawnlights to my display next year. http://www.lawnlights.com/ Anybody using the LED version and if so how do you like them? Would be nice if they could be dimmed but doesn't look like they do that yet. Thanks, Paul
  13. Paul, What's your take on the projector? I was thinking about getting one myself but was wondering if it is bright enough as well? Video of it looks fairly bright but wondering if it starts to get blown out if things are not totally dark. I would like to use it for my virtual santa or maybe my yard sign that displays the radio station and show times. Paul
  14. I would think that is possible especially now that it looks like they are selling the two together. http://www.christmaslightshow.com/xcart/product.php?productid=186&cat=3&page=1 Paul
  15. Did this one year for a Night Christmas parade. Used led lights with a battery and inverter and a Mr Christmas music machine. Had a great time although I felt a little like an ice cream truck. Paul
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