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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to have a favorite.
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    Madison, Ohio, USA
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    I have been putting a static display since 1996. In December 2006, I found Planet Christmas and came to the realization that I too, could have a animated display, so I took the plunge! Now I'm hooked, LOL! This is a wonderful hobby!!! Now spring forward to 2016 and I'm going to try something that is new to me...Pixels!
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    Collecting Coca-Cola & Sci-Fi memorabilia, and of course... animated Christmas lights!
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  • About my display
    07 was my 1st year for animation. I had 40 channels & 13,900 lights. For 08, I had 88 channels & approx. 30K lights. No display for 2009. For 2010, I will have 200+ channels & roughly 40K lights (80% LED). This season will bring significant changes to my display...Pixels. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it!

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  1. Light Up Ohio 2018 is just 3 weeks away!!! If you haven't registered yet, don't wait to much longer... seats are filling up fast!! April 29th is the last day for our (optional) Registration + T-Shirt, if you would like one. Agenda Update: We know how fun the white elephant gift exchange is, but due to time constraints, we will not be doing it this year.
  2. Here is the registration site for our Friday Event... www.luo2018friday.whindo.com - Seating is "Limited" so if you plan on attending, don't wait to long to reserve your seat!!
  3. Registration for LUO 2018 is now open... http://luo2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2443480-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=a02374cd0ef4e13 We are having the Meet & Greet Friday Evening 6pm @ Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. If you planning on coming, we ask that you register, so that we can give the restaurant a more accurate count of how many people are coming. Remember, this is a Friday evening and they are quite busy at dinner time!!http://meet-greet2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx
  4. Light-Up-Ohio 2017 is 3 weeks from today! If you are planning on attending but haven't registered yet, don't wait too much longer...time is getting thin and seats are filling up!! Get your registration in today www.luo2017.whindo.com!!
  5. A quick reminder... If you're planning to attend LUO this year and would like to get our collectible T-Shirt, you have 2 weeks left to do so! Last day for the T-Shirt option is May 19th. Regular registration will still be available after the 19th, but don't wait to long to register...seats are filling up quickly!! www.luo2017.whindo.com
  6. LUO 2017 is just a little over a month away! Are you planning on attending? Have you registered yet or still on the fence? We have a lot planned for our 2-day event, that you won't want to miss out on!! You can see all the details..."Right Here" Have questions...feel free to ask! We are looking forward to a great weekend!!
  7. Are you ready for LUO 2017?? We now have the Agenda at the registration site...Check it out!!
  8. Are you ready for Light-Up-Ohio 2017 !! We are happy to announce...Registration is now OPEN at www.luo2017.whindo.com We are still working on the Agenda's for Friday & Saturday and will have them posted as soon as they are finalized!! We have a great weekend shaping up and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there!! Any questions...please feel free to ask!
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    Acdc In Indy!

    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
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    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
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    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
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    Just a reminder... For those of you that weren't aware, LUO, ICE & C3 have been combined into American Christmas Decorators Conference - ACDC for short. So there isn't going to be a LUO event this year. For all the Columbus folks, I think Indy is a about 3 hour drive (correct me if I am wrong). Not to far to travel, for what is shaping up to be a great event! So let's see if we can get a big Ohio group @ ACDC!
  13. Are you going to C3 and want to know what to expect from mother nature? Then click here
  14. Now that the Light-Up-Ohio 2012 Event is over and in the history book, I would like to say... THANK YOU to everyone that attended! I (we) hope everyone had a good time and that you learned something new & exciting!!! I would also like to say... THANK YOU to Joe Erdeljac, Joe Davis, Bill Synder and Jon Gillie. You guys ROCK and we couldn't have done it without you!!! And a very special THANK YOU to our presenters & vendors at LUO... Santa Eddie (from Buckeye Santas) David Jones William Bruce (from Displaysinmotion) Greg Jones Carrie Sansing Val & Gary (from Christmas-LED's.com) Gregg Jones (from Winkelbottom Wireframes) My hat is off to each and every one of you!!!
  15. Well Light-Up-Ohio is almost here! For those of you that will be attending our Meet & Greet on the 18th, and are or would like to, participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange, all you need to do is bring a "wrapped" Christmas related item. It can be something you already have, or you can purchase something. You can spend as much as you like, but the general rule-of-thumb, is too keep it at a $20 max. We have a flowchart(thanks to Terry P.) , that will give you a pretty good idea on how it works. It's a lot of fun and you never know what you will end up with! Have questions, please feel free to ask! See you all in 2 days!!!
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