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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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    Christmas!
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    Orlando, Florida
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    Computerizing Christmas Lights, Computers and Web Design
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  1. Time Left: 1 month and 25 days

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    Looking to trade or sell my Light-O-Rama CTB-08 w/heat-sink and a Mini Director. Both in excellent working condition. To my knowledge they both will work with the current LOR ecosystem. They just do not work for my needs anymore. Both have been stored inside, not in a hot garage. Controller purchased in 2005, only used twice in a show outside. The CTB-08 is listed on the Light-O-Rama store website at $109. (However, it is marked as obsolete) The Mini Director is listed at $123 (as a Gen 3, I believe what I have is a Gen 1) I want to trade for or purchase a CTB-04, or a ctb-16. If a trade is to happen, I'll pay shipping both ways, if these items are something you want to purchase, make me a offer including shipping. If there are any questions or additional pictures requested, please feel free to reach out.

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    , Florida - US

  2. Hey Dustin! Glad to see another decorator in Tallahassee! I would be happy to meet with you sometime to talk about what is involved, go over some of my pictures and show you a LOR controller or two. Since the move to Tallahassee about 2 years ago, I have not done a full-fledged show; only some really minor static displays and such. My last fully animated show was sadly all the way back in 2006 with 40 computerized Light-O-Rama channels, 2 computers to run the show, and a outside audio system. You can go to my website, http://christmasadventure.net, on there you can find some pictures on the '06 display, a few videos and a couple snapshots of the control room. Also on that website there is a LOR help guide that is kinda a crash-course for the systems. I think I wrote or last updated it in '08 or early '09. What part of town do you live in? I am near the Killearn area. (Off Thomasville) Welcome to PC! I am not entirely active here as much as I used to, email at [email protected] if you want to setup a time to meet. --Daniel L
  3. I agree. PC is not what it used to be, and frankly, I think we should bring back the Wiki site just for this very purpose. Have a history on how the forums and the PlanetChristmas site has morphed over the past few years. Along with a bio of EVERY person that was banned at one time (and let back in), and bad selling practices like this story. --Daniel L
  4. I am trying something completely unique this year in time allows. Basically it is going to be a show, and not just a series of songs one after the other. A big opening number to show off the lights, and a nice upbeat track to leave the visitors happy. --Daniel L
  5. Hmm, only 2.5 hours away from me. This is good. I can't plan a date now, due to work and such, but I will be watching this thread. --Daniel L
  6. GASP! That is an awesome tip! I have never thought to mark bad sockets! I am going to go buy me a silver sharpie.... --Daniel L
  7. Nice reminder Chuck, and Welcome to PlanetChristmas! :giggle: --Daniel L
  8. It does reflect, but think about a pool light. The light is always brighter at the end with the light, and faint at the other end. Same effect with the tube. If you shine the lights in at the side, not only will it be hard for it to position so people don't see the lights, but it will be much brighter where the lights are, then at the top if they are pointed sideways then up. --Daniel L
  9. If the bottom hole is 6in in diameter, then the plexie circle for the bottom should be 8in(or so) in diameter, leading to a over-hang do it can't fall though. That was all the water pressure "should" still be on the original bottom that I am guessing you already made strong enough to hold it all in. --Daniel L
  10. Wouldn't a hole in the side/back have less pressure on it then if it was on the bottom? I know how hard it is to move a 1/2in hole, so this may not be ideal now, but just thinking... What about a plexi bottom? Shine all the light you want from the safety of non wetness. Make a false bottom/shelf in the base, and you would be all set. --Daniel L
  11. I can't bid (student). But its good to see a posting member from Tallahassee! --Daniel L
  12. Bob, I REALLY hope you get better REALLY SOON! --Daniel L
  13. Daniel

    Hello!

    Welcome to PlanetChristmas! :santasmileyitty: --Daniel L
  14. lol :giggle::giggle::giggle::giggle::giggle: Too funny! --Daniel L
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