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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.


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Everything posted by Steveb

  1. I do not remember the brand. The only colors out were clear and multi. I will check on the brand on my next visit.
  2. Here in central PA, Sam's club has C9 LED's 50-count for sale at $9.98 a box. Happy hunting!
  3. Our local Lowes has Christmas items out. It is sparse right now, but they had lights, wreaths, and a few inflatables. Happy hunting. -steveb
  4. I have to agree this is right up there ... :giggle:
  5. The Muppets: A Christmas Carol is our favorite and we watch it as a family tradition in our home each Christmas.
  6. This year we did this for the first time-- well sorta. We have several shows saved on SD Cards. We use AL equipment. We change the shows often. I had the Demented Elf do voice only (no music bed) announcements for us. I then calculated intro and closing to the songs. I keep this information and the voice track number on the cd on a chart next to the "broadcast station". Using a Carver CD with a Ramsey FM100B we mix randomly (not all the time - or between each song) a different voice over between the songs. It really sounds good, and it fills up the couple of seconds of dead air between the programmed songs. Yes you have to be there to do the mixing, but we only do it during heavy traffic time. I think it works well because you can change up the show on the fly. I haven't thought of using a Mic to say anything, but we have in the past inserted virtual santa's sound track in the show as well. Merry Christmas Everyone!
  7. The roof pitch is steep so a boom may be needed, but we have had success year after year using C-7"s with individual light clips. They attach to the shingle stay put and we have had no issues. -steveb
  8. You might try decorating more at Easter.
  9. All --you are missing the point. The glasses are for EVERYONE ELSE'S display. It's not to diminish the big display, but to add character and life to the single string on a 50ft. tree display.
  10. I too live in a cul-de-sac and my neighbors do absolutely nothing for decorating. The good news isit makes our house look even brighter. The sad, it would look awesome if everyone pitched in. We are averaging about 90-100 cars an evening. SOOOO--I asked and got approval to place in each yard next to me, a 12' blowup Grinch with hands on his hips and toes tapping looking over at our house. :laughing:
  11. It was an extension chord that went bad issue. Countdown clock is back in business. Sorry for scaring anyone :]
  12. Anyone else have a countdown sign from Michaels go dark? It has been working fine and tonight decided enough was enough I guess. -steveb
  13. Sams Clubhas a very nice nativity (Resin grade), nine pieces for $447. The tallest piece is 36". I live in PA so I do not know if it is available everywhere. I bought mine from Christmas Night, Inc. http://www.christmasnightinc.com/which is also mentioned in this thread. -steveb
  14. The comedian who speaks/narrates on the song did not release for play. I asked AL about the song when I received it and the whole song could not be included due to the agreement. You areright though, nothing is stopping you from doing it yourself. I just did not want people to be disappointed if they purchase the song thinking it would be there as I did.
  15. For all you AL users: When you purchase a pre-sequenced song from Animated Lighting, it also includes a license to play it publicly on their controllers. This license does NOT include the narrative voice over shown on the video in this song. Christmas with a Captial 'C' is shorter and starts at the first verse. It still is a great song though. Just an FYI.. -steveb
  16. C7's are the way to go. They are less wattage. I loosen the bulbs to darken areas for overlap. Been doing it for 14 years with no issues.
  17. We also used FastSigns this year includinga weather statement.
  18. Iplaced an order today with Action Lightingand they mentioned thatthey havegreen SPT2 wire in stock but do not have any SPT2 female (only male) connectors in green. The website does not show any green SPT2 wire available. FYI... -steveb
  19. Forget the traditional mini's ...you need to look at lights like the Goden Canopy type where you can connect up to 12 sets and branch out in any direction. Action Lighting sells different colors... http://www.actionlighting.com/items.asp?MainCategory=Commercial+Decorating&Sub=Commercial%20Tree%20Lighting -steveb
  20. All, There is a thread on this clock already...pictures and all See: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum61/16733.html -steveb
  21. I picked up one today, opened it and it was damaged The front was all scratched up and the digital clock was coming off the frame on the back. The box however looked fine as did the one on display.There was another one on the shelf...I hope it's there tomorrow.
  22. We do both. We live in a cul-de-sac and cannot have traffic stopping looking and waiting for a show. So we have about 25 wireframes always on and about 1/3 of the lights (roof outline) etc static on all the time. The other 2/3's of the lights are animated to christmas songs. Not so much like a show but just flashing to the music. We consistantly have 5-10 cars in front of our house but always moving... Just how we like it. They take their turn and then pull up and go around again if they didn't get enough the first time. They seem to enjoy the display and its not too bothersome for the neighbors or the visitors and everyone gets a front row seat. The music repeats (5 songs) and we change the line up every other week. I think the kids like to see all the lights on at the same time as it gives them the wow factor. Then they think its cool seeing them change colors to the music. We average anywhere from 35-60 cars/night. What makes this successful is that everything is always on and keeps repeating so no matter what time someone stops by they get to see the entire display on. In years past we just had christmas music broadcast to the display and most people didn't tune in. So we added a few animated lights (32 channels on bushes and one Christmas tree), and now they listen all the time and say they like the music added. It had been added 4 years ago. So we changed the sign too which helped :laughing: BTW..the survey says ---the lights are cool to music but VIRTUAL SANTA is still by far, the favorite draw to our display in its third year. This year we "wired" him into the radio broadcast and it is even a bigger hit. We love the show displays don't get us wrong. We just think a little of both is better for our location. Merry Christmas to all.... -steveb
  23. Christian - you can use brick clips if your morter is set-back on the brick. However, many houses (like mine) have the morter even with the brick. This year I used a glue stick gun for the first time on my brick front. It works great. It has been 12 - 65 degrees and I have had no problems. It does take time and can use a bit of glue, but I think you will like the result. To remove you can pull it off or re-heat the glue. I just follow the morter line between the bricks going down the wall to keep the line straight. Click on my download button on the left and you will see on the left side of my house the C-7's going down the brick in front. Good Luck! -steveb
  24. First,my family and I would like to wish everyonehere at Planet Christmas aMerry Christmas and a safe holiday season! I know we are all fighting high winds, ice, snow and the like, but I have another problem. Rabbits keep eating my mini-light chords. They can't quite chew through the extension chords, but they have tried. I live in a well developed area/neighborhood and I was wondering if anyone else had an issue like this and what would you recommend? Should I just lay carrots out everyday? :] Thanks, -steveb
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