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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.
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  • 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 Angel

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    Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada
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    Business Owner/Mom
  1. Is there a way to tell if the little 485 box is not working? I got my old computer to start up (after 2 days in a dead zone) and it no longer recognizes the USB either now - this has never happened... starting to wonder if it is just the magic black box but have no idea how to tell if it is.
  2. Tried it in all four possible USB ports on this computer - same message - aargh ... any other ideas?
  3. Just tried re-starting laptop, followed by plugging in USB 485 - same message proceeded to use FTClean, (with all USBs unplugged) it said it removed all drivers but had error message at very end - re-ran the CDM20600 that Dan sent me - plugged in the USB 485 and I get the same message - tried e-mailing Dan back no message yet... hoping I can figure this out before 5pm so I can light up.
  4. I have a problem at the most basic level - every time I hook in the USB I get an
  5. My computer that runs my shows is officially DEAD - I usually do my synchros on my laptop so I thought this was going to be an easy fix.... here is my problem.... I can not get my laptop to recognize the COMM port that I need it to. I have already gone one night dark and would really like to get up and running tonight... any ideas? (LOR system using USB 485)
  6. I wasn't too broken up (sorry for the pun) about the whole situation - which really surprised me- I was just happy that other than the structure the actual lights seem ok - plus, i was thankful that the lights were down because I had no idea how I was going to get them down until spring - the base of the tree is actually 2 pressure treated 4" X 4" X 12' and it is frozen into the ground with ice and snow - now I have my lights down and indoors (safe from fading) and the base can come out in the spring -All I have left to do is get out the hairdryer so I can melt the snow/ice away from my arches. I am just thankful that I didn't have all my display still up - it would have dropped right where I had 6 of my 8 LORs and that would have been too painful to see.
  7. No reporting was done - my in-laws checked with their insurance company and they have a $300 deductable and they would see a 10% increase on their premium - there is no exemption on policy premium increases do to weather related claims ever since we had the ice storm ten years ago. My tree was all done with American light strings from WalMart - so the total cost including wood, hardware and lights was only about $210 - so it didn't seem worth the claim - plus, it looks like I only have broken bulbs, no broken strings - I will know more once we cut up that branch though.
  8. Sorry to hear about the turn of events for your display - I know exactly how you feel and I moved my display this year with only 3 weeks notice - so be thankful that you can plan and think of the fun your friend will have (and the free help). My in-laws ended up hosting my display and they and their neighbors loved every minute of it. The response this year was so positive and my in-laws loved gloating that their daughter-in-law was the one that set it up for them. I will only warn you of one thing - be prepared for changes/suggestions on the display from your host - my father-in-law now has huge plans for my display next year - he has told me what he wants to see and even tried an hour (pounding his head on his desk) trying to program LOR with 128 channels. It turned out for me to be a blessing having the display elsewhere - it is hard to get things done with the amount of hours you are away from your home setting up. But luckilyfor you, you have a little sunshine (your daughter) that seems to help you a lot and your wife seems to be quite supportive of your hobby. The other thing is to give your friend a little lesson on the LOR software so if there are any computer glitches/power failures, you are not leaving at dinner to run over to your display to get it up and running. Good luck with your moving plans and just think of how many more people will be enjoying your display next year. I look forward to seeing what you do with a new house/yard because you inspired so many of us with you current display.
  9. Here is one last picture - needless to say we had some pretty bad winds the other night and all of a sudden I get this panic phone call from my mother in law asking me to sit down because something has happened and she went on to tell me that the mega tree was down, how sorry she was, etc. I think she was more upset than me - I figure this has saved me a lot of trouble trying to dig this tree out of the snow/ice and now they have to cut down that pine and there is another one right beside it so I can use that for my"pole" of the tree next year.
  10. That is not a tree on top of my display - it is a tree branch - the base diameter of the branch is about a foot and a bit - here is another picture
  11. I have been picking away at getting my display down - three things have slowed me down - 1. Weather - it was cold and snowing then hot then windy 2. New baby - hard to nurse a baby and take down lights 3. The display being at the in-laws - it is hard to go over with the three little ones So, to make this story much shorter as the baby begins to cry - my tree is now down as well as one of my 20 foot arches and I didn't have to do a thing... check it out!
  12. Just a little heads up for anyone that may be using Canadian minis - do not use the ball method - our wire is so much thicker (my husband was ready to kill me when he finally got to use American lights and we had just finished wrapping all the arches with Canadian lights - our wire is about twice as thick and therefore much more stiff)- the balls end up being huge and a real pain to unroll - I must admit the ball method is amazing on American light sets though. I have found that for the Canadian lights it is best just to coil them like an extension cord.
  13. There is a little update on our situation on this thread http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum16/19702.html
  14. Well this holiday season we have definitely been blessed with the gift of snow - last year our first snow fall was Dec. 26th - so far this year I have at least 2 feet of snow. Which means my mini trees looked very mini until yesterday when I dug them all out. I have no idea how I am going to get any of this stuff out of my in-laws yard post christmas but I will let the boys (my husband and father in-law) take care of that - this new little may turn out to be a blessing in many different ways.
  15. I can not get over this mayor - I remember about a year back that there was rumors we were getting a dreaded Walmart in our fair city - he was quoted in the local paper that he would not allow a "big box" store like that come into our city - what do you know - we now have the biggest Walmart in the whole province in our city. I swear this guy doesn't know which way is up I will have to give him a break on his English though because French is the first language here and you at least got a response in English. My friend sent an e-mail in English stating that he wanted to put up a bunch of lights and lived in our city and was worried that he too would face fines/litigation. His response from the mayor was in French. Loosely translated in that one - he says that we are a special case because we put up so many lights and that we have it on our company website. I think we are pretty clear that this light show has nothing to do with our business and is done by our family. He says that because we get publicity that it is bad and that because my company's office isin my home - we are promoting the business. Please keep in mind that I have no signon the propertysaying my company's name - also, I would like to see him transport my soon to be 3 children under the age of 5 to an office each day to answer the phone and get all the bookkeeping done (I doat least half of my office work atnight once the kids are asleep). Let alone, I have a permit to house the officeof the company here and if it weren't for my neighbor, nobody would even know that there is anything other than a family living here. Enough venting for one day - don't want to send myself into labor - only5 more days for baby #3 - I guess we should finally pick a name. (I can tell you it will not be Guy)
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