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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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  1. Good luck Joey, You got my vote. I have the disqualified entry from Cumming!!
  2. We got the letter.... What a crock. We used HOCS in our vid with explicit written permission from Judy and they send us the Disqualified letter in the last 15 minutes of the day yesterday. Vote for Joey Felix he made it in with a static picture.
  3. I'm still here... Sequencing is done, welding is done, voice overs are done (Demented Elf). That's about all that's done. We start hanging the lights Oct 28 weekend this year. The 45' lift is scheduled for Nov 4th weekend. Many more days of work to get all the little details taken care of. Meeting with the Board of Directors of Family Haven (our charity) next week. Homeowners Association meeting Nov 3, Why yes fellow neighbors we will be plugging up the streets with thousands of cars again this year That pretty much covers it. Merry Christmas everyone!!
  4. Welcome to the madness. You'll get a small percentage that will drive an hour or more to see the show but nothing huge IMHO. We get 90% of our visitors from a 20 mile radius. Of course there will always be that one family that drives from 3 states away to see it too. Just be prepared to help people find there way down your street, especially the 3 days leading up to Christmas. During the week before Christmas we have 3-4 people directing traffic. This year we will be bringing off duty Sheriff Deputies too and maybe CERT volunteers. Again, welcome to PC and this addiction we all share. Larry
  5. Hey Joe, It looks like all the good stuff has been said and I hope you're now OK with starting small and building. All I'll say is 32 is a perfect starting point. I started there 5 long years ago. Big display only happen overnight when you have unlimited resources. The rest of us have to pay as we go. People will love it no matter how many channels or lights you have. Most won't care or even understand. They'll just like what you do and thank you for it. We've all started somewhere. Most of us started exactly where you are today with a dream, a picture in our head and a desire to make other smile. Enjoy the journey and don't get bogged down on the route. Larry
  6. I think the threaded couplers are the problem. They do not provide any strength to the pole. Any lateral load to the top of the upper section will bear on the thread and it will fail very quickly. We put up 27' trees this year made entirely from thin wall EMT We used 1 1/2 bottom section set 18 inches in the ground. Slid a 1 1/4 section 2 feet into the bottom and created a stop point with just a few dimples struck into the 1 1/2 section. One set of 4 guy ropes from the top and it's held up all season and we had a couple 30mph nights. Larry
  7. They will work just fine. I have used many of them. This year we have over 24 of them in the display. One is a 17 foot monster we call the Macy's tree. They hold up fine. The metal does rust a bit but they generally last us about 3 years before they get to ratty to use.
  8. Excellent intro Chuck. One more vital point to add for anyone thinking of entering this highly rewarding, highly consuming hobby. Plan on spending a great deal of time learning how to use the lighting software, then spend even more time actually creating the sequences with it. Oh and buy more extension cords.
  9. A little more info... Most digital camera allow you to adjust the exposure plus or minus 3 settings to the darker or lighter. Many of the simplest models allow some manual user control. Read your user manual and learn about those seldom used manual settings. They can make all the difference in a great display picture and a snap shot. All of my photos are taken from a tripod with a remote shutter release and all pics are bracketed (as it's called) taking the same photo darker and lighter than the camera recommends and never, never use a flash. All cameras have a way of turning the flash off. Keep shooting until you get a good one. Remember too, if you're taking pictures of your own display, set the lights the way you want them after the show and shoot for as long as it takes to get the shot. I just spent 3 hours in the freezing cold shooting pics of my display in the first white Christmas in Atlanta in 133 years. It can't be stressed enough in this day of digital photos, keep shooting until you get the picture you want. I've shot over 1000 pictures this year. 900 of them will be deleted but check my facebook link in the signature to see about 80 good ones.
  10. Robert, follow the facebook link in my signature. There are videos there from visitors. I will not have any video until after the first of the year. There are also a lot more better quality pictures of the trees both lit and daylight. Larry
  11. Ya just can't beat that reflection from the snow... dead Bermuda grass just don't do it.
  12. Merry Christmas everyone! Are we gonna get snow today?
  13. Hey Joey, how did you get 11 Alive to notice you? I got Judy coming Wed, I'm collection for Family Have Charity and I can't get a reply from them. I need a news crew out here bad. If you can drop line to them I'd appreciate it. Larry http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christmas-in-Cumming-Georgia/119990737071
  14. Our lights are up and running everynight.. No stopping for Rain, Snow, Wind or Tornado warnings... But I'm not on your tour list.
  15. Hey guys... light up is Thursday night. Stop by and say hi if you're anywhere near, we'll be out all weekend. We finished the setup yesterday afternoon and anchored down all the wire. Today all we are doing is tightening up the spiral trees, they sagged a little bit in the storm last week. Here's a first this year. We actually managed to pop an LOR fuse. Ran a quick test on the controller and all is well but we kind of lost count on a couple channels. #5 had almost 9 amps and #6 had 7. The side had a total of 22 amps... Oops! Come check it out and don't forget to say hi. New this year: 4 Mega trees, 2 Spiral trees, everything moved around and a lot more lights.
  16. Hey Joey, No need to PM directions... I'm not hiding my location this year. We actually have a PR manager. (Oh Lord please help me) From anywhere... make your way to GA 400 and take exit 13... head north for 8 1/2 miles. turn left on Pisgah Rd, then turn left on Haley Farms Dr. We are the first street on the right.... Usually at the end of the line of cars Google maps has us as well... 4730 Bryn Ridge Ct. Cumming GA. 30028 Please be sure to let us know your here... if we're not outside come knock on the door.
  17. Yea... Judy Pancoast will be here singing on Dec 22... Live and in person 6 o'clock in the PM. We are closing the street, running a special show and doing about 45 minutes of live concert. There will be tour t-shirts and CD's and autographs and celebrities and county dignitaries and all manner of picture taking people. Here is a link to the tour http://www.judypancoast.com/index.htm Larry
  18. Welcome Mike, Hey Joey, Bill, Robert and everyone else.... We are about 85% up out here in Cumming. The long list has gotten much shorter. Only have a dozen or so things to get out, up or hung. Trying to get all the lights out and coordinate the new charity and the concert has been pretty challenging. I hope to a lot of my fellow Georgians here this year. Not sure how many stops I'll be making to others this year but as always we will take at least one day to go visiting. Remember Dec 22 is the concert.
  19. Good Luck... They should of come to my house last year we had 46 trees up in the house.
  20. If you need help let me know... I've got lot's of neighbors looking for stuff too. Larry
  21. Yea I didn't want to tell everyone I left the controller under water for a month... But I did. And it survived. I did as a matter of salvage, completely dry it with compressed air, sprayed it with WD-40 then blasted it with more air... then let it dry for 4 months before sending it back to LOR. And now ya'll know the rest of the story.
  22. Just what he said.... I've tried to justify the switch and never can. I have about 25k LEDs, all bought at 1/2 price or less after Christmas, thoes I can justify. So that would be none for me, thanks Larry
  23. Hey Robert don't be too quick to sell. I have a lot of lights NIB... let me check what I have this afternoon. A drive to Cumming might be in your weekend plans. Do they have to be WalMart?? I know for a fact I have that many Hobby Lobby red/on green. Larry
  24. Congratulations and welcome to the addiction. LOR are the greatest people and products. Customer service is top notch. Just got back one of my controllers from them. Had a cat5 connector ripped out. They fixed it right up good as new and completely checked the board out and certified it good to go. Larry
  25. You pay (way) too much... Go to Fry's in Vegas or Harbor Freight... It's right behind Home Depot on Trop and Decatur.
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