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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 cotrill

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    • Birthday 01/27/1977

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    • Location
      Broken Arrow, OK
    • Biography
      married w/ 2 children
    • Interests
      BBQing, lake time with family & friends and of course, Christmas Lights
    • Occupation
      real estate
    • About my display
      2009 we have 96 channels, turned our arches into mega sticks, added an additional mini mega tree, 8 new mini trees, and worked on cleaning up my sequences quite a bit throughout the year.

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    1. I have 2 CTB16's left @ $250 Each plus shipping. I'm not going to use them any longer. I can ship them fast if you would like.
    2. Bump I still have 2 LOR PCCTB16's left @ $200 each.
    3. UPDATE on items I have left. 2 CTB16's left @ $200 Each.
    4. I live in town and have it on 10, I can get it from almost all the way around my block with the antenna that was included from Edm hooked up inside my house.. It is going to depend on any interference in your area I would think as to your exact distance. I was more than satisfied with it. I had the whole house transmitter before and didn't like it at all.
    5. I also have an EDM LCD for sale, only used for one Christmas season. $150 plus shipping.
    6. I'm selling my last 4 controllers, I just don't have time to work on lights to this extent anymore. All 4 are 30 amp, include board, enclosure box, high power heatsinks 3 LOR CTB16 PC controllers $200 /ea plus shipping 1 LOR 1602W $230, includes a 100' or so network cable, plus shipping. One of the CTB16PC's has 50' a extension cord for the 2 supply cords. Each one was used for the 2009 and 2010 season. I'll try to answer any questions you have, just pm me. First person to confirm you wish to purchase each or indiviual and sends payment via paypal get them. If they are purc
    7. I'm still out here. Just not very often this past year. I started today and got all the house lights up. I will begin working on the mega tree tomorrow. I am doing the same show this year. I had a little burn out and couldn't get in the mood so just decided I to take a year off from doing anything new. we will be sure and come out and see yours, the kids always enjoy it.
    8. does anyone have a good recommendation for spotlights for landscape lighting. I am looking for LED's and have seen the ones @ lowes and hd. I would like to also get some pendant lights. I can'tfind them for exterior use. Is there a way to waterproof the indoor lights?
    9. cotrill

      LED tubes

      Thanks, let me konw how the green ones turn out. (I am looking at these to put in a fishing boat) I saw a vendor that sells a similar item on another forum that gave me the idea.
    10. cotrill

      LED tubes

      plain vanilla backing? sorry, I didn't follow you. Does it have just a cheap backing on it? Is it peel and stick?
    11. cotrill

      LED tubes

      Does anyone know if these have the 3m backing on them?
    12. I still have an extra SC485-RJ45 Serial Adapter (never used). Here is the link for it. I will sell it for $10 plus shipping. http://store.lightorama.com/scseco.html
    13. I have 2 more controllers my dad has decided to sell, these are the last 2. They are both LOR CTB16PC. Here are the pics. They are both identical. $175 each. First to PM me that they want them will get them.
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