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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. indytycoon

    Ice 2011!

    Registration is now open! Click this link: http://bit.ly/lw8S1Z Visit indianachristmas.com for more information.
  2. indytycoon

    Ice 2011!

    Baron, ICE is Indiana Christmas Enthusiasts and July 8-9 is our gathering. You may find more information at www.indianachristmas.com or in the forums at www.holidayuniversity.com. Feel free to PM me here or at any of those above sites. Thank you Greg
  3. I have 100 boxes of Walmart multis. Cost is $1.25 each plus shipping. Since the PM system does not work, please contact me at Holiday University (username: gjones) or at one of the websites in my signature.
  4. indytycoon

    Ice 2011!

    Don't forget to leave July 8 - 10, 2011 on your schedule for ICE! In the Indianapolis area. We will have a great conference! (Remember my rule, it is NOT a mini)
  5. Still here as well, been working on my display and perfecting http://holidayuniversity.com
  6. Nick, Thanks for the heads up. I have added Your listing to the Maps section at: http://holidayuniversity.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=3
  7. If you are looking for Mad Russian I have a TSO version It's only 16 channel as it was one of my original songs I used.
  8. indytycoon

    Light up ohio 2011

    Come on Bill, I've seen it in person the last 3 years and I live in Indianapolis. You need to step it up.
  9. Like these? http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=MIN-SFT that site is Val and Gary's site. They will treat you good.
  10. Here is where to get it legally, http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Christmas-Album-Various-Artists/dp/B0000008CM I own this CD and it's really good.
  11. Were they plugged in? You can see the half wave if they are lit when you shake them.
  12. I have a bad one that I'm replacing this weekend. I'll let you know. It was most likely from that group buy.
  13. http://lightoramasequences.com/component/option,com_remository/Itemid,42/func,startdown/id,237/
  14. Hey, you took my lights! . not really.
  15. I'm waiting for the 1 foot long 100 ct strand myself.
  16. Really nice Cedric! Where do you get your lights?
  17. LOR2 Imports LOR1 files fine. Just open the LOR1 in LOR2 and it is automatically converted. I always do a "save as" and keep the original LOR1 file just in case.
  18. Well, that clears it up a bit. Get a real bright flashlight (1,000,000 candlepower should do it) and "accidentally" shine it in the car. They may get the hint.
  19. I kept my screen saver on. I was using the Planet Christmas Screen saver (without the music)
  20. Yes I left it on, that way I was sure it would run. I now use a spare desktop.
  21. I use both. I have 11 LOR controllers and 1 128ch Lynx Freestyle. I use the freestyle for stuff in the yard. DIY is a lot less expensive, but the support is not there. If have no problem researching when something goes wrong, it is the way to go. If you want a system that has great customer support run LOR. I was going to use an all DIY solution with LSP, but I had issues with the software. I'm not a fan of Vixen, but that's just me.
  22. I disabled sleep and hibernate on my laptop when I used it for the show. Otherwise it would not run.
  23. I agree, if you can't see what is going on, how do you know what is going on. I have a car that the windows fog up merely by sitting in it. Some cars just do that. If you have actually witnessed the act, call the cops, if they are blocking traffic or driveways, then do something about it. Otherwise, try walking by with a flashlight and such.
  24. If you are looking for the music here are a few things. First, try getting the song from Amazon, it ranges from $.81 to $1.19 here is a link to Sandstorm. Second, download Audacity. Use Audacity to edit the song, change levels, shorten, etc. Also, check out lorsequences.com for the sequence if you haven't already. I agree with the others, Chuck was merely stating that he does not think the song was Christmasy. Trouncing other members is not a way to stay "family friendly"
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