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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.

    A Dixie Utah Christmas

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      St. George, Utah, USA
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      High Speed Data Tech
    1. I am no longer going to be able to have my shows, so I am trying to sell my 4 CTB16PC Controllers in enclosures. I would like to sell them for $150 each plus UPS ground shipping. I also have the USB-RS485 Booster available for $25 Please email me or PM me if interested K.
    2. I work for a cable company that was throwing away some Rohn tower sections, and then we were handed the chance to get a fully assembled complete tower (19') tall for FREE. The wife was worried about the 19' tower and having it fall over so we only installed one section which is 10' tall and the base is just nailed into the ground with 12" spikes. Note the 4 guy wires....2 into the concrete and 2 into big rocks.
    3. First year with LOR, 32 channels, 32,000 lights thanks to everyone that helped us in getting running.......
    4. I had the same thoughts see this thread: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/16541.html Worked great and I may use the Hot Tub Circuit next year
    5. Just had to drop a quick note that I got a great deal on a ROHN 19' tall tower today, FREE....it has been sitting on the hiltop in my area for years, and the city said that if I could get it down I could have it. So this morning after I got off work, the wife and I drove up on the hill and removed the tower from its mounting bolts and transported it to the house, (19 feet sticking out of the back of a ford expidition gets strange looks) So now I need to build a new concrete base to mount the plate to, and then just tip it into place for the holiday season.
    6. Just returned from the bloomington wally world.....another 12,500 lights & 3600 candy canes @ .11 a box of 12.....and the wife bought $100 of gifts baskets...hehe
    7. I just returned from Wally World and bought 10 flats of 25 boxes (100 Count) for .50 a box, thats only 12.50 a flat...lots of white left at washington store, I am headed to the bloomington store (5 miles away) in a few minutes to see what they have left that puts me at over 150,000 lights purchased so far this year, next year is going to be out of control...Oh ya wife says I can spend all the tax money on controllers..I sure love that woman
    8. Local Walmart gave me 75% off at 5am here in Washington City, stock people said they over ordered christmas lights by quite a bit and are trying to move them quick. I got the regular 50% off day after christmas special then one of the stock people gave me a 25% coupon... We bought8 flats of 25 boxes (100 count) lights and a bunch of misc lights, I will go back on friday to see whatsleft...one can never have to many lightsright?
    9. Just spoke to the guys in the Washington city Utah Walmart lights area as they were kicking Us out 6pm, when the store opens on Wednesday at 6am 50% to 75% off ALL Christmas items...Guess I better warm up the Credit card
    10. they dont look really that odd, you really have to look hard to see what they are, but they do the trick, major rain storms and no shorts....I guess its a good thing I do not use the Glow in the dark ones....
    11. Just a quick note to say that...well you will get a kick out of this, I have used condoms to cover my connections and other outdoor things to waterproof them aganst the elements. Just unroll and snip the end open, spread over the connection, then seal with a zip tie, we have been using these for years to waterproof everything from body mics at the local performace arts school, to waterproofing electrical connections outside. Just thought we would pass this on, you can buy in bulk for 100 condoms for 20 bucks at the mega marts.
    12. Well done again this year Marty… We are making the pilgrimage to Whispering Pines the weekend before Christmas from the Southwestern Desert, can't wait to see the display in person for the first time. My wife and I would also like to thank you for helping us with some ideas while we were at the PLUS2007 show. Doug & Peg UtahsDixieChristmas.com
    13. Hi All I just purchased one of these units at Costco ($80) and have connected 8250 lights to it with no problems so far. I was planning on going to LOR this year after PLUS2007, but had some huge financial issues, and was just not able to afford LOR this year. I can tell you that come the spring I will be purchasing a controller a month until Christmas, that should give me enough channels to have the display I wish I could have had this year. My GE unit works great and I look forward to my first year of no longer being static. Thanks to all those PC members that have beenthere t
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