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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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  1. I'm in the Seven Oaks subdivision in Prairieville (on 73 between I10 and Airline) 29,000 lights, 112 channels 5:30 - 9:30 Sun - Thurs 5:30 -11:00 Fri - Sat (also 23rd, 24th, and 25th) until Jan. 1
  2. Will C6 lights fit in the standard mini-light clips? The sockets are 7/16" diameter.
  3. Concerning the "who do we do it for?" comment, I have a story from this past year that reminds me of the answer. My display is modest compared to many discussed here (18,000 lights, 64 channels) and 2011 would have been my fourth year. I've never has a lot of cars lined up, three or four at most and sometimes none. This past year, I had medical issues that prevented me from putting up the display. I put a small sign out front explaining this and asked them to come back next year. We had two different people/groups deliver gift baskets to our door saying how much they missed the show and hopeing it would be back next year. And in the past months, dozens of people in our neighborhood expressed similar sentiments. We have also had offers of assistance in setting up if it would help. That has touched me more than the compliments in past years. Even if it's not the latest technology, if it still conveys the Christmas spirit, it still has a "WOW" factor.
  4. Thanks for the comment but the roof is definitely too steep. I was toying with the idea of pvc j-hooks, but they would be too visible if left up year round. The eye hooks sound like an idea but I need to figure a way to make them line up easily.
  5. One of the more time consuming and unsafe parts of my display is the icicle lights. Hanging all the gutter clips and then the lights while on the top of 12' extension ladder can be awkward. I'm toying with the idea of attaching all the lights to a strip of wood (or something similar) and raising the whole thing as one unit. Of course I would first need to attach some sort of hooks (permanently) to the gutter or fascia and have two or more people raise the section with poles from the ground. Anybody do anything similar or have any thoughts on the idea?
  6. I picked up a pair at Tractor Supply. Now I see how it works. Anybody want a couple of Home Depot gate hinges?
  7. I guess I have the wrong size gate hinges. Thanks,
  8. First question: Is the 3/8" nipple on the end on the extension pole supposed to slide into the gate hinge slip ring or just push against it? And if it just pushes against it, why not just use the end of the 3/4" push rod instead of reducing to 3/8"? Second question: How does the 2" square head plug fit in the end of the jack? Photos would be helpful. Thanks,
  9. I live in Louisiana where the ground is fairly soft and winds can get somewhat high. I have always used the metal staples that are sold for securing landscape fabric (the black stuff for weed control). Two per tree (about 3.5' tall) has been adequate. They just away after a couple years but are cheap enough that this isn't a problem.
  10. Does anyone have information on rated capacities for closetmaid/rubbermaid shelving?
  11. One trick with using the beat wizard is to break the song into sections where the beat stays constant. If you apply the beat wizard to the entire song, and it has changes in tempo, the beats won't turn out correct. I think it just subdivides it evenly based on the number of beats it counts. There were some very good videos explaining the beat wizard a couple years ago. Maybe someone can find them.
  12. Wish you would have stopped. You just missed the "turn on". We turned on Dec. 10th. Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope you have a great 2011.

  13. What is everyones experience with this design? Specifically on stability. For a 20' tree, would you still recommend guy wires with a Portable Hole? How about for a Portable Hole II?
  14. Definitely don't by-pass the GFI's, but here are a few suggestions. Elevate any plugs off the ground (use stakes, etc) Make "hoods" for over the spotlights (this is were my display is most vulnerable) It's debatable whether you should wrap connections. I don't. Taping connections may just trap moisture.
  15. Sorry we missed your display. We passed through on the 9th but it wasn't lit.

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