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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. Thanks, so its not like Rocket Science or anything? I trust LOR to make things idiot proof (good idea for my part) but I didn't want to burn up a bunch of time trying to figure it out on my own. Thanksgiving weekend is coming fast!
  2. I just bought another LOR with sixteen more channels. Will the boxes recognize each other or is there something I need to do? I jumped out a head and started synching a song. I set the software for 32 channels, will the second box know it is supposed to be channels 17-32 or do I have to tell it? It just arrived last evening and all I have done is taken it out of the box.
  3. Thanks, I didn't think mine had a motor, at the top. I will check it out.
  4. Could you share some of the solutions? A link would be fine.
  5. I bought this Carousel after Christmas last year, it is a Gemmy from Walmart. It ran good for a week then twisted up inside during a storm. I tried to untwist it a few times but ended up cutting thecable ties at the bottom, pulling everything out, untwisting the insides and replacing the cable ties. That worked for almost a full day and it twisted again. It is frustrating because the neighbor's children love the carousel.
  6. If i do a rope light wire frame, I use clear or multi-color rope light on the entire wireframe and then spray paint the ropelight in the sections I want colored. I use electician's tape or black duct tape to mask the sections of rope light that I don't want to show.
  7. A local shop has a bunch of wireframes they bought from a business that closed and they pulled a wireframe Santa out this year that is giant. I stopped by today after about the third driveby and I showed them the video of my lights on youtube, talked a little while, casually mentioned which of their wireframes I already owned and a I was leaving asked ab out their best price on the big santa, $75 so I said, "sold!". I have to go borrow my father-in-laws car trailer to get it home. I want to try to get it up for this year so I am just going to light it with mini's.
  8. I take the bulbs out of the inside and back light them with a spot light. I didn't want to worry about rewiring the inflatable. If you want to know what it looks like, I have a video up on youtube. There is an 8ft Abominable Snowman ( ala Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer) at the back left. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2ZZTPEd-UY
  9. google is our friend. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=electroluminescent+wire&btnG=Google+Search
  10. Your nativity is amazing. made one but it is much more basic and only white lights. It might not acutally be a cut out. I just traced and drilled holes for the lights to poke through. I left the sheet of coro intact.
  11. You should consider posting a price and that would eliminate a lot of hassle.If someone wants it, they will meet your price to get it before Christmas. If not, you won't have to read arrogant PM's. I bought my LOR from an indvidual in this forum last year and it was a very pleasant transaction.
  12. where do I go to find out more about EL wire? It looks amazing.
  13. I used unlighted 4 ft inflatables for my Halloween display. I lit them from behind with the inexpensive green flood light holders. i used 100 watt bulbs and used LOR to control the lights.
  14. I made a nativity. http://www.bitemebbq.com/poker/nativity.jpg
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