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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. I am the one that started this thread. Well I felt it literally Sunday, pulled the plug out of the end of an ext. cord and got a little shock, from the male cord on the lor that I just out! Stange, must have been some power stored in there or mayby (can't remember) if the other side of the controller was plugged in or not, that is how the power got to me. I am better now, been having great weather, display is still a little behind, but looking decent and a BIG thanks to follow pc-er (who lives close) Earl Flannigan, who loaned me a couple controllers,some arches and some lights and gave me lots of encouragement. His additions have really made the show look better. I did have a little set back, I blew out 1 side of one of my lor controllers, may be the fuse (I hope) bt having problems getting it out of the fuse holder.
  2. I have 3 lor controllers. I have had this problem off and on. The lights seem to come on randomly. I have not figured out why. Today I saw almost all of my lights on, so I started unplugging the controllers, when I pulled a plug and my hand touched the outlet male prongs of one of the lor controllers and I got a little shock. Did not fell like a full 120 volts, but kind of grabbed me. This is strange since it was the male prong that I had just pulled out of the female socket on the end of and ext cord that was providing the power. Maybe there was some power stroed in the controller? the ground was maybe a little wet. Also the ehternet cable was plugged in and connected to the other controllers, which still were plugged in to power. Any similar problems?
  3. I am the guy that started this thread. I still just can't get in the mood! I did get the mega 20 ft pole up and all the 4 colors of icle lights up. Trying to get myself started on everything else. Once I get going, it will be ok. getting colder now, so that makes it worse, but atleast it is starting to feel like Christmas and the stores are looking like it, which helps get me into the spirit. I have 48 lor channels, so not near as much as some of you have to deal with. have a mega tree, 16 minis, 5 arches, icles, a light curtain on the wall, some candy canes, candles and other misc items.
  4. Thanks everybody. As you can see, I am starting to go here everynight, so it is coming on a little. I was wondering if I would hear from you Earl. Thanks for the early Christmas present, already putting them to use. Yes I know you have already been pushing for me to do it. Our annual setup day at your place is coming as well. Oh and I saw in a reply from Bill that once you get some up and get started it will come. I did get all my icle lights up and dug the pole for the mega tree out, and you are right, it is helping to atleast have gotten started. Good news I only had to replace maybe 3 of my icle bulbs! I have red,green,blue and white icle lights stretching across the whole building of maybe 100-150 ft. So A lot of lights there. Hope that is an indication that I will have more good luck.
  5. This will be my 6th year doing an animated display, that is if I can get in the mood. This is the first time since starting that I have had second thoughts. I just spent about 2 months setting up a haunted house and am running it every fri/sat all month, so that is taking a lot of energy out of me. I run my display in front of a radio station on a fairly busy highway, but I hardly see anyone driving through and hardly get any donations in my bin for a local charity. I know everyone says do it for yourself, but I have done it for myself and now I want people to appreciate all the hard work i put into it. The third reason that I am bummed is, I used the money my wife usually allows me to buy a new controller every year and some new lights for the haunted house, so I will not be able to add to it, and it will most likely be exactly the same as last year. But since it was a nice day and I got the haunted house all built, I did hang the icle lights. So atleast I am starting to think about it. It is also hard to get in the Christmas spirit when in full Halloween mode and having almost 90 degree days!
  6. Another one of my hobbies is carnival rides. I was on a used ride site and thought these electrical dist. boxes might be of interest. http://usedrides.com/ViewAd.aspx?Ad=11325&view=i
  7. To toot my own horn (that will make sense in a minute). I had a good idea. Been thinking of something neat to collect can goods. Had a brain storm. Make a train and have them drop it in the smoke stack. Kids will love it and you could mount a motion sensor inside so that when the can is droped in, a thank you sign comes on and maybe even make the train have lights that come on or even toot it's horn. Here is a cheap way to build it. I am not much of a builder, but I think the idea would be fairly simple. Get a big metal drum (like oil comes in or people use to burn trash), turn it on it's side and cut a hole in the top and put a piece of pvc pipe pointing up (for the smoke stack to put the cans in). Build a wood cab with a window ect attached to one end and cut out some wood circles for the wheels. I think you get the general idea. Maybe for next year lol. We have these little boxes we sue for our haunted house, you can record up to 2 minutes of sound and when you trigger it with a step pad or motion sensor, it plays the sound it sets of lights or whatever you plug into it. It ran about $100 bucks, so that could make the sound and turn on the light. Would be cool if you could make a fog machine puff out smoke lol. Ok I will stop now. I may end up doing this.
  8. I will try to tkae some Sat. as I will be putting the fianl touches on everything. That is always a good feeling when you have got everything just about done and you can count on your hands what is left to do and you are down to having just enough ext cords! Not sure exactly how to put my cell pics up though.
  9. Got mine up. Using an older blow mold set with everythng including the cow, donkey, wisemen and sheep and shepard. Got it at a flea market for 90 bucks. I used old pallets to build a back and top with 2 poles on each side holding the top up. Looks authentic with the aged wood. Not totally happy, but it will work.
  10. I realized after I made the post that I was still on nieghbor relations. Sorry about that. I have scrounged enough cords to be real close. May have to buy a few 100 footers and a few more short ones to do what I need. Walmart is a good place to buy the brown 15 footers, about 2.50 each. I actually made some from old cords that I had cut off of old appliances and things and had some ends that I had used the plug parts for, I actually threw away 3 vacume cleaners and used the male plugs from those! Now that si scrounging.
  11. Sound familiar? I have been buying 4 or so extension cords over the last few months and thought I would be set....WRONG! I have a line of 16 mini trees with 4 colors and a controller in the middle. That hogged them all. So now I have all but the greens done and still need cords to run out to parts of the static display and signs uggggh. Thinking about beeging, or borrowing, stealing is out of the question lol.
  12. Great idea! This kind of happened by accident for me this year. I needed an engineer for a radio station that I own, so I called the engineer at the local tv station and he had a guy that would like to do some contract work for me. Low and behold he was the only other person in miles (that we know of) that had a computerized display! I had seen a short story on tv about him a few years ago and when they said his name, I was like I have been wanting to talk to that guy anyway. I had been doing a display for the last 3 years using a dj light chaser, but this was my first year doing lor with 32 channels. We helped each other set up, exchanged some lights and he gave me a wealth of info and tips. After helping him set up a mega tree and was able to quickly design and set one up this year. So thanks Earl Flannagan. I am very lucky to have another light fanatic within close range.
  13. Don't mean to sound sissy, but that is one of the prettiest displays I have ever seen lol. Juast imagine what you will be able to do with computerized control. It looks great already!
  14. I did my fisrt sequence! Looks o.k. but nothing that is ground breaking. I know I saw it somewhere on here, but I am wondering about that effect done with a line of mini trees where it kind of chases real fast down the line leaving a blur or streak. I am sure it has something to do woth fading as you chase. When I tried the effect it looked bad, was too slow and the effect just did not work. I am using lor btw. Thanks.
  15. cool! I am not much of an artist lol. I will pass that along to my cuz, as I help him with a haunted barn every year. I just about have all the Holidays covered. btw Thanks again everyone. I bought some 3inch red stick on letters from Wallyworld. I have the backside of an old coro sign. I am going to try sticking them on there and see how that looks.
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