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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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SPaschall last won the day on May 1 2017

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About SPaschall

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  • Birthday 06/22/1967

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Any story that lets me know what our display means to our visitors or community
  • Location
    Hazel Ky., ,
  • Biography
    Restaurant Owner and Programmer for Holiday Technologies with a passion for Christmas. Being a musician, I love the challenge of telling a story with our display to music.I program with LOR and AD and enjoy the challenge of creating Christmas magic through my programming.
  • Interests
    Music, Christmas display
  • Occupation
    Restaurant Owner/ Programmer for Holiday Technologies
  • About my display
    Basically two displays one computerized, and one static.Utilizing 272 channels of LOR and 10 universes of for an RGB tree. We use standard props from ZTrees to Leaping arches and have included a Seasons Greeters Snowman to MC our show.

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  1. There is a learning curve,but it isn't as hard as you might think.Crawl before you walk, get a 16-32 channel setup and start playing with it. You can demo the software by downloading you just won't be able to output to the controllers. Start small then increase as your needs and knowledge of the process increase. Don't attempt pixels your first year,pixels are a different creature with too many variables for just starting out. The LOR website and Youtube have lots of videos that answer lots of questions along with the forums. If the programming gets a little tough, then you can find free sequences or pay to have the sequences programmed for you. Have fun and enjoy the process! SPaschall
  2. Fantastic as always Frank! SPaschall
  3. Thank you for the compliments, while I would love to take credit for the snowman I can't do it. They are built by Mike Ziemkowski and he has a side business called Seasons Greeters where he sells these. You can purchase them here http://www.holidaytechnologies.com/catalog/index.php?id_category=22&controller=category They are a bit steep but they are all handmade and extremely well built. I would recommend these to anyone who plan or want to take their display to another level. It was probably the easiest thing in our display to program, once you get the vocals tapped out, the process takes about 1 1/2 hours to program a song. If you have any more questions let me know. SPaschall
  4. Great song and nice sequencing! SPaschall
  5. Thanks for the compliments, No the snowman stays outside, if it is raining I just wrap a tarp around him. The cloth dries out quickly. I have ran him in a light rain but I don't run the show during inclimate weather. SPaschall Thanks for the compliments, No the snowman stays outside, if it is raining I just wrap a tarp around him. The cloth dries out quickly. I have ran him in a light rain but I don't run the show during inclimate weather. SPaschall
  6. Thank you for the kind comments. SPaschall
  7. Magical Christmas in Hazel, Ky. featuring over 50,000 lights, 15ft. Pixel Tree and Seasons Greeters Snowman
  8. We have four in our display 10ft. tall with 8 channels. Odd channels are clear, even channels are red. The way we mounted ours is we put a 16 in. piece of 2" pvc in concrete below grade and put a clean out on each one. Then we put a male adapter on the bottom of the pole. When we get ready to set up I just take the cap off of the clean out and screw the pole into the clean out. I run a couple of guys just to keep it stable in high winds. This year we have added 3 channel exploding stars from Christmas Light Show to the top so I had to guy them a little better because of the added weight at the top. SPaschall
  9. SPaschall


    A Z-Tree is normally 3-4 colors and separated into 4 zones or sections. On ours one controller controls 3 colors a 3d star and strobes. From a build standpoint I have seen them made out of pvc, wood or lightweight metal. SPaschall
  10. Thanks for the "likeys" lol I appreciate it. SPaschall
  11. Thanks guys for all the input, I guess I have a show to modify. SPaschall
  12. Well do the visitors notice that it is the same show every year? I try to use different songs every year to keep it fresh, or am I looking way to deep into it. SPaschall
  13. Well I hope that I can possibly get the new show ready by midseason but I hate to throw it out there without watching it and making changes if need be. I am really anal about that lol! SPaschall
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