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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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About flanman

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  1. $850 takes it all including shipping. I will only accept paypal for payment, unless you are local in AZ and I will take cash. I am selling the following and would like to sell it as a set. This is very similar to the 32 channel package sold on the LOR website, except I am adding a fm transmitter, several extension cords, and 30+ sequences. Everything is kept in boxes and in excellent shape. The only marks on anythign is I did write the number 1 and 2 on the controller cases with a sharpie to tell them apart when hooking them up. 2 - LOR1602Ws - 16 Channel 30 Amp Controllers - both about a year old work fine. Used in AZ, and stored indoors 1 - SC485 - Connector to connect to your pc LOR Software - The original 1.50 release and the 1.61 update 1 - 50 ft Cat 5 cable to connect from PC to Controlers 1 - Ramsey FM25B Wireless FM Transmitter 30 - 15 ft brown extension cords * I will also throw in the sequences I have used for the last two year. I have approx 20 (32 channel) Christmas sequences and about 10 (16 channel)Halloween sequences. This is a perfect begginner package as you have everything you need except for a pc to get started. Here is a link of a short clip of my house using these controllers last year so you can see it in action. Sorry no audio, just video. http://www.flanman.net/downloads/ChristmasLights.wmv
  2. Here is my weekly schedule with LOR and music show. Sun - Mon 5:30 - 9:30 Show with outdor speakers and FM Transmitter 9:30-10:30 Show with No Speakers, but FM Transmitter 10:30 - Midnight - Aminiation patterns only. No Music show Fri- Sat 5:30 - 10:30 Show with outdor speakers and FM Transmitter 10:30 - Midnight - Aminiation patterns only. No Music show To date I have not received any complaints from the neighbors.
  3. Hi all, I am just finishing up a 16 channel LOR display on my house. This year I actually bought 500 ft of SPT2 wire and spliced all the cords. That is working fine, but took a lot of time. I am planning on purchasing extension cords for next years display which should be at least 32 channels. Have any of you found anywhere that has really good deals on cords? Online or retail will work. Maybe even an after Christmas closeout? Thanks, Flanman
  4. You know you are a CLF if you start wondering if your HOA will complain if you put up lights on Easter, President's Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, 4th of July, Veterans Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chinese New Year...... Flanman.
  5. I will try the velcro. I have also heard some people suggest a glue gun, but I really don't want to be 15 feet in the air with a hot glue gun. Thanks for the tip. Flanman
  6. Hi all, I am upgrading my display this year and have a large area of my house with only stucco to attach my lights. Mainly around my windows. I have searched Home depot, Lowes, etc. for something I can reuse to attach lights to stucco. So far no luck. Have any of you found something that works well, and possible a website to purchase them? Thanks a bunch, flanman
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