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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 roberson3

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  • Birthday 05/12/1971

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    Bismarck, Arkansas, USA
  • Biography
    Started animating light in 2006, also first year for a Christmas display.
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    NASCAR, camping
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  • About my display
    Proud user of LOR. Also use D-light Firefly units, they are very cool.
  1. You never cease to amaze me with your ability to chime in on other vendors threads....... I guess with ZMANS comparison of Laurie Reinder and Paul Sessel's customer support and with my experience with CDI I better keep looking. I was also waiting on my return label. Yet another example of the customer getting bad lights and having to spend more money trying to get good lights. (shakes head) I hope these replacements last longer than the replacements I got from CDI.
  2. I have also ordered many $ worth from aliexpress with no problems. My orders have been for power supplies, RGB LED strips, 4 pin water proof connectors, and 4 wire cable.
  3. I have used over 2100' of rope light from Mengmengusa I had some red incand. rope light that hung on frames in my garage that got faded by the sunlight shining on them. I replaced them with Red LED rope light. Also the green incand. I got from them actually looked blue at night when it was lite. I replaced the green with LED rope light. I have gotten over 900' of LED rope light from them and have not had any of it fail. In the two years I used them. I have used up to 300' of clear rope light around our campsite while camping. Never had any problems with it except for the time it was used as a clothes line for wet towels.
  4. I received all of my order from Travis so, I will respond with my order number and the type and amount of lights that I have that no longer work. I seem to be one of the lucky ones and did receive all of my order from Travis. I do have quite a few green lights that don't work anymore though, but still have hope that these will be replaced. I am not so confident that they will be replaced with 'good' lights. Its pretty obvious there was some kind of quality problem and these lights will be replaced with lights from the same stock. However if I had not received all of my lights and I have not been refunded for them I would respond with my order number and the amount of lights that I did not receive plus the number that I did receive (if any) that have stopped working. Believe me I understand how it makes someone feel when they have been shafted by one of our light vendors and then receive something like this, or see them post about pre-order sales. ; )
  5. Some used these for RGB individual controlled LED bulbs. Some used these for RGB control of strings. Poke around here at Ray Wu's store. What you want is available. I used RGB pixel strips to outline our windows and roof this year. They ran from LOR DC controller. They worked great. Would not work good for wrapping trees. Lots of great RGB information/talk going on at the following links. diychristmas. auschristmaslighting.
  6. It may work depending on height, how many rope lights. Rope lights are very heavy compared to the traditional light strings.
  7. Welcome. Maybe you could provide your song for download so we can check it our. ; )
  8. All that means is you don't have the image that I used in the animation screen. Just click OK and it will work fine. I sequence on my laptop and when I open a sequence on my show computer it does the same thing.
  9. Here is the sequence I have worked on. Where's the Line to See Jesus.zip
  10. There was no intent to impose my views. Sorry if you took it that way. This thread was talking about Catholic Tradition. So, my responses were to help clarify (and me learn more) Catholic Tradition about the Immaculate Conception.
  11. The Immaculate Conception (in Catholic teaching) has nothing to do with Mary conceiving Jesus. It is all about Mary being conceived without original sin. Try here for more clarification.
  12. We did something of the sort this year. I made a Mary, Joseph and donkey cut out this year. Joseph leading the donkey with Mary on it was displayed headed toward our stable until Christmas Eve night. Before bedtime Christmas Eve my wife kids and I went outside and removed the cut outs and put out our Nativity set. The stable was empty til then with the exception of the hay my neighbor had already put in it.
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