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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 Therberg

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Christmas Story
    • Location
      Clarence, New York (Suburb of Buffalo)
    • Biography
    • Interests
      Christmas Lights.. Duh!! Nascar, F1, Karting, Woodworking and Extreme DIY around the house.
    • Occupation
      Self Employed Carpet Installer
    • About my display
      2007 was first year with 124 ch LOR and 60,000 lights and just color changing animaton.
      Features are a 36' "mega" with 28,800 minis and 16 - 5' tall "midi" trees with 600 mini lights in 3 colors for a total of 1800 per tree, A 4'x8' Merry Christmas wire framed rope light sign.

      2008 was synchronized to music, broadcast on a Ramsey 30B FM transmitter and a "Tune To" sign was added.
      Features added were a 3 color candy cane "mega" fence that is 120' long with 192 canes , and 48 more channels of LOR.

      2009 I will be adding 3 colors of C9's to the roof line, along with 3 tiers of layered icicle lights ,6 - 24' long leaping arches, a 40' tall, angled to the ground "shooting star" display with 18 - 3' tall stars and 24 wire framed 3D deer for a Marty Slack running deer effect, Plus an additional 124 ch of LOR.

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    1. I'm still around and everything is okay. I decided to just take a year off to finish up some projects around the house. We plan to be back next year!
    2. I remember that exact thing happening to someone last year, I have been looking for the post but haven't found it yet, so I'm not sure what the solution was.
    3. Are you new at posting images?? I had the same problem a while ago, a censored word in the url. Who knew??
    4. The stuck fuse is most likely a bad fuse holder, several years ago there was a batch of holders where the cap gripped the fuse too much and did not allow the little spring in there to push the fuse firmly against the contact in the base of the holder, that resulted in arcing and heat build-up and melted the bottom of the holder. Call LOR and they will send you new fuse holders..
    5. Thank You, The base is 11" square by 36" tall and is made with 3/4" Baltic birch plywood Too much work? I saw the picture of the haunted hayride trailer that you built, I think you can handle this, it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours... Thank You Frank! :pYou are just jealous of the awesomeness of my mega tree.
    6. Mine are mounted on a stand that forms the "trunk" of my mega tree.
    7. I run mine until 11PM Mon-Thurs and Midnight Fri-Sun.
    8. Same here, I really need to "get off the schneid" and get things moving here... and it sounds like we have the same weather forecast here. I don't plan on putting any lights up, until the following weekend. This weekend I hope to give the lawn it's last mowing and final leaf clean up, then set up the Mega tree structure and maybe put the temporary plank roadway across the lawn for the boom-lift...
    9. That video is from Cracker, in Riverside, CA. He is a member here and on LOR forums and posted links to his videos over there... One of the nicest synchronized Halloween displays I have seen...
    10. With rocky soil you will have better luck with "Duckbill Earth Anchors", they work great in most soils but because of the way they go into the ground they are more likely to go between smaller rocks than the auger type. The small ones are as little as $3.50 each and the install rod is under $10.00, the medium sized Duckbill is around $8.00 each and has a 1100 lb rating. The only bad thing about them is they are not removable.
    11. I have 6 arches that are 8 channels each and the controllers are located between arch 1 and 2, between 3 and 4, between 5 and 6. I made custom length spt1 cords that are soldered directly to the lights and extend down the arch, to the controllers. If and when I ever rebuilt them , I really like the sleeve method that others are using and would end up leaving the plugs on the lights and add female plugs to the end of my custom cut lengths of spt1.
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