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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 sawyer1206

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  • Birthday 03/03/1974

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  1. Add something substantial like a 20' Mega tree and put a sign below it stating" Provided by an Anonymous Donor"
  2. For a blown light bulb they are worth their full retail price, to get one half off would be a bonus!!! For loose wires or broken lamps(where the shunt is busted) they will be no help. I have used mine for the last three years and I will try to pick up another on the sales myself.
  3. Diddo.........What enclosure do you have in mind? I am going to be in the market for 6 or so after the LOR sale
  4. Sale started a 1:00PM Eastern time if I recall, had to give the folks on the west coast a chance to wake up.
  5. It probably wouldn't surprise you if I said I been working A LOT!! We have a big job at NASA right now that has us working four 10 hour days and I am working 12 hour days at my second job on Friday and Saturday. Gotta pay for these hobbies some how!!! I see a lot of our TCL buddies have migrated over to LoneStarHolidays, how is that going?
  6. I understand your line of thinking.....I bought my first 2 controllers in January before the big sale to make sure I got at least those to work with and become familiar with. I then bought my next four from the Inventory sale. If you are buying in quantity I definitely recommend waiting for the sale, last year I bought 14 CTB16PC assmbeled boards and saved almost $400.00.
  7. Never mind!!! I just found it on the front page of the lone star holidays site....DAH!!!!
  8. Ryan, Do you have a interactive map of the displays similar to what we had at TCL? Dennis
  9. I have bought controllers from the last two Inventory Reduction Sales ("Secret Sales") and my advise is to be at your computer with your paypal account warmed up ready to go when the sale starts. I've seen the CTB16PC Completes sell out in minutes!!! You may find some of the old threads from previous sales where people where posting "Remaining Inventory" vs Time lapsed, should give you an idea of how fast LOR sells out of the popular items.
  10. Dennis I usuall figure about $1 a box but what ever you need just let me know. Duane

  11. I have about 35 of the gold minis you are looking for. If you still need them I will give them to you for $1.00 each plus shipping.
  12. Your situation is a mixed blessing...on one hand you have a lot of realestate to cover......but on the other hand you have room to expand. I wish you luck with your display.
  13. Are you Static or Animated? If you are static I would leave it as is, because on static displays most people tend to view your display by driving by slowly. But if you are animated I would consertrate in one area, people will tend to stop their veichle and watch the show. If they are at a posotion where they are not able to see the whole display they will miss parts of your display. Just my 2 cents.
  14. I just finished two 10' three color mega trees and they came out perfect. I used AutoCAD to design the layout, topper, and base. I can send drawings with dimenions and pictures if you are intrested.
  15. I've used the Ramsey FM 25B and the EDM LCD Transmitter and I love the EDM. The Ramsey unit was almost twice as much as the EDM and it failed to give me a strong signal unlike the EDM. Check the LOR site there is a thread on a possible bulk buy for EDM........Just my two cents.
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