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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.

Christmas In Abilene

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About Christmas In Abilene

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  • Birthday December 4

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  • Location
    Abilene, Kansas, USA
  • Biography
    Married with 1 son.
  • Interests
    Computers, wood working.
  • Occupation
    firefighter / paramedic
  • About my display
    15 mini tree's
    1 mega tree
    and lots of candy cane's
  1. I agree with what has already been said. Don't mix, you asking for problems. Never had a problem with spt 1. I have heard of people having problems, but they bought cheap wire from one vendor, and the plugs from another vendor. I have only used two vendors, CDI and actionlighting. Their plugs, and wire has always held up well. Check the connections, and if needed use the channel locks.
  2. yes, if you search you will find many posts about this very topic. Just export your channel config, and then create a new file. Import your channel config, and start adding channels where needed.
  3. hello Going to pick the brains of the masses, as well as looking for suggestions above minimum code requirement. I have wanted a permanent flag pole for years. In the past many problems prevented this. Now that we are in the new house with lots of space, that is no longer a factor. My wife has been weighing in on this as well, with positive suggestions. The layout... we would like to place the flag pole with electrical and comm. feeds about 125' in front of the house. We have a gravel driveway that we will have to go under, otherwise no electrical, or other utilities in the path. I know I have to place the electrical in approved conduit. I thought that since I am going to the trouble to bury one cable I might as well as run a Cat5 out also. Can/should the cat5 be in the same area as the electrical. What I have read... 1 place 1 conduit inside of a larger conduit. 2 run equal size conduit... next to each other. 3 run equal size conduit... at least 6" apart. So what are your thoughts. Something I was also toying with was 2 runs of C5. 1 for LOR, and 1 for DMX. Thanks Kent
  4. That storm was the bane of me. Took out several of my candy cane's as breaking them off at the stakes. Also toppled my mega tree. Breaking the PVC's ring. I went out the next day to stand it back up, only to find that it had UNSCREWED the tree from the portable hole. Yes I used pipe wrenchs to secure it. So needless to say, the mega tree is done for the year.
  5. Welcome to the madness. Your lucky that we usually have a get together in the Wichita area in the summer. Just depends on interest, sometimes it is more formal, and other just visiting at someone's house. Start small, and let the display grow each year.
  6. I too have been planning for next year for over a month now. I start making notes for next year as I am setting stuff out for this year. This is the first year for a display at our new house. The old house had a very narrow yard, so the display was very close togather, but now it is very wide, and deep. Spreading everything out was a chore this year. I took lots of notes, and I hope that will help for next year. Next year I am planning to start converting to RGB, so I have also been looking at evertying for that, and where, and how to support that. My plan was to start working on the visualizer, but I haven't had a chance to take an updated photo yet.
  7. In the past I ran a outdoor rate speaker wire from my garage outside to outdoor rated speakers. The computer plays the music, that is then hooked to a stereo. I use the audio program to play basically my entire Christmas collection. This year I am attempting to get Zara Radio to work. Nothing wrong with the program, computer issues. I agree with Darlene that most people will not say for the entire CD, but your family may haunt you. Try changing the CD at least every day.
  8. Just got word, that we have an offer on our house. We found a house we love, and put an conditional offer on it, being the sale of our old house. Months and months have gone by, and last night we have an offer on it. They are set to sign paperwork today, and they want to move into it in less than 30 days. So hopefully closing goes by quick, and without any hickups. We can now breath, and focus on what we want to do to OUR house. We haven't been able to make any changes to it, as we were renting pending the sale to be final. We can now finally move forward.
  9. I look at the forecast. I usually look for the week before Thanksgiving.
  10. Wohoo, I like how we will be able to start with a telescope, and work our way to the naked eye with this one.
  11. mine was attached to a 6" long 1/2" male pipe. Then I just screw it onto the top of the JUMP.
  12. I also use the vice grip method. I have only found one time that it didn't do it by itself, and then I hit it with the hammer, and then pulled with out a problem.
  13. Another thing you could do is like was mentioned two levels, but make M's instead pf upside down V's. You will have to experiment with the height, as I don't think I was @ the 6ft mark. I believe I had 1 string for the top, and 2 strings on the bottom. Sorry but the notes for previous years setup are not with me today. Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk 2
  14. Okay, that site is pretty much amazing. Great resource.
  15. Yeup, I cut them off to, but that's just me also. My wife keeps pointing out that from the distance you can't even see the tag, espicially at night. Oh well, I use it as the this one I tested indicator then. It really is a "to each thier own" thing.
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