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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 Philip

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    • Birthday 07/27/1971

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      Kyle, Texas, USA
    • Biography
      just an average guy with an additive religious hobby
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      Nascar, woodworking, my family, and of course Christmas lights
    • Occupation
      STAY-AT-HOME-DAD and owner of Lightertainment
    • About my display
      2006 - static display, 3200 lights
      2007 - 16 channels, 6500 lights
      2008 - 64 channels, 18000+ lights

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    1. I create custom sequences for people thru my company. Shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll try and help you out with these
    2. all of mine have a piece of scrap plywood glued to the back with generous amounts of gorilla glue and a conduit strap screwed to that. They've lasted several seasons through wind and rain without ever coming up
    3. As a sequencer, am I to understand it right that Judy says it's ok for me to create someone a sequence if both of us already own the song ? As for selling a canned sequence to her music, I guess that will never happen thirdly, I think some of the copyright infringement comes not from using the song, but from directly referencing it. the same way you can buy clothes at the dollar store that will fit a barbie doll they will always be labeled something like "clothes for a 5 inch doll" .... so instead maybe I'll create a sequence for the song about ""the domicile on the street celebrating
    4. I'm helping out with some of the logictical planning on this and Lyman is really trying to pull together a top notch event. So far he has two vendors lined up to be on location with products to sell and show off - one of which is a new player to the holiday lighting realm. There will be about 12-16 classes offered covering several topics, but he is taking the reins on getting top notch teachers for the event and classes that you can't get at the big event in Tennessee. Things are heating up for the event and it should be a great one to attend. Make your plans now and get registered righ
    5. pardon my stupidity, but you don't mention some of the basics and it does slightly inflate. could there be an open zipper somewhere that you missed where the air is escaping? I can't count the number of times I've done this on my larger inflatables. have you looked into just buying a replacement blower?
    6. what a cool addition!! and simple and inexpensive to make too
    7. I got my catalog today too some new and cool items in there this time around
    8. To all those who still have sequences pending, I really AM working on them. The 6 weeks between June 12th and August 2nd are difficult as both kids are at home. But I am diligently working on completing them as efficiently and as best as I can, I don't want folks to feel like they got a crappy rushed job. The kids go back to summer day camp on 8/2 until school starts so I will be getting them knocked out much quicker at that point. I'm just a bit slow right now as I get a bit done, then have to pour juice, then sequence a bit, then make a sandwich, then sequence, then dry someone's tear
    9. Galaxia runs hot and cold it seems. You might try out the LED curtains from Computerized Lighting (Brad Boyink) He's got similar products, but better and cheaper and you can't go wrong with that... www.ShowVisionLED.com
    10. The 40% off sale will end tonight. They may be on sale again towards October, but don't expect a similar discount .
    11. David, I'd be honored to have a set of these, I can think of several ways to use these in my Halloween and Christmas display as well as along my back fence. the nice thing about the border is that depending on how many lights you fill these with your frame can be made of 1x2s or 2x2 also Do you have any time frame you'd like to see these built? (as before) -Philip
    12. I'm thinking I'll let the current prices run till the end of the week, then go to 25% off for the following couple of weeks
    13. One more day before the sale is over Just in time for those of you buying your first controllers in the LOR sale over the next couple of weeks
    14. Philip

      LOR help

      www.lightertainment.com/store.html on sale thru Wednesday
    15. FIVE MORE DAYS Then all items go back to their regular prices .
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