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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 djlink

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    Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
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    Sr. System Engineer (IT)
  1. I will running a 32 channel LOR and I had a question on how many (100 same color) can you run on a channel. I am trying to prepare how my layout will look. and help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. So here is a question for you. My fuse bof is in my basement and I will running 4 seperate 20amp runs. Do I mount my LOR box inside the house or outside? Does anuone have any pictures of how this is setup.
  3. I have 200 amp service at my house with 16 open breakers. I am looking at getting a 16 or 32 channel LOR. Sould I run many seperate 15 amp outlets???
  4. I picked up 337 (100 lights) boxes to red hear in Minnesota
  5. Of Course it is to late this year to setup a animated light display, so I will plan for mine next year but I had a few questions if some one could be kind of enough to answer. 1. Are the prices of Light-O-Rama cheaper in the spring or summer ver right now. 2. I am looking at the 16 or 32 channel control what other componets do I need. If some some could provide me with some direction on some of the basic setting up steps since I have never had a automated setup I would appreciate it. Now one in my area (neighborhood) has anything like a computerized setup. I would like to also see if I could setup a food donation that people driving or wlaking by can donate which I could give all collections to a local food shelf, its kind of my way of give to my community
  6. is that the 329.00 one. Also is one verder light controll better than the other or mostly the same
  7. I am looking for some information regarding what animated kit to purchase. These are many venders and different models. I am so amazed a what all of you have done with light displays.....it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I cant afford to purchase a million dollars worth of animated equipment but would like to start some where. I would like some help on buying a good buy not to expense of a unit that I could use to start a animated light display. I would like a kit if possible but am a little confused on which vender andwhich kit to purchase. Please help a newbie create a christmas animated show which some direction on the right equipment . thank you and Merry christmas to all and keep up the great work .
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