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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.

wakebums

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About wakebums

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  • Birthday 10/16/1974

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    Ridgedale, just south of Branson Mo., , USA
  • Interests
    Motocross, Wakeboarding, Diving, And CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!
  • Occupation
    Firefighter.
  1. Here is a bad quality Iphone video of our house. We will make a video of the whole show with better sound shortly with the rest of the songs. I just wanted to share it with you guys and girls. http://www.youtube.com/user/wakebums#p/a/u/0/O9xLopC2-LY ----- Wizards http://www.youtube.com/user/wakebums#p/a/u/1/7Y59mR4YYtE ------- Carol of the bells. If you have any ideas how to film this, please let me know. Its too wide for our cameras. I wish we could get it all on one screen not moving around.
  2. Here is a practice video I mad for youtube. You can see the red spots are still on.. Thats one channel that messed up, and the blue channel messed up later that week. But the LED's do look awesome, I just have to make a better houseing for them.. ( By the way, the red spots dont project as much as the green and blue's. I had to put them next to the house so you could even see them) My link: Sorry for the bad video quality, I just didnt get to work on it
  3. I tried the ground fixtures last year and the rubber seals do ****... I burned up at least half of my LED spot lights ( not cheap ) and the worse thing is that I lost two of my channels on one of my controllers! I'm needing to do something like this myself, I was thinking of makeing a water tight box with plexiglass and three colors in one box. Maybe this would help.. The LED's didnt put out much heat if any at all.. I'm going to try that this year... Oh,, I did try the silicone on my ground mounted flood light fixtures and it did not work. Good luck.. I look forward to seeing if anyone comes up with something I could use.. I love this forum..
  4. Does anyone have this song? or sequence? I cant get the download to work for some reason. I need it in a MP3 format. Thanks for any kind of help: Gene.
  5. The light bulb does show up! I will check out the LOR forum. Thanks guys.. I will keep you posted.
  6. Ok, I downloaded the updated version off of LOR's website and I still cant get it to work.. I cant even get it to pull up on my screen.. I click the icon and nothing happens.. Please help.. I dont want to loose all my hard work.. Thanks: Gene.
  7. Thanks guys.. I will give that a try and let you know.. Man I love this forum!!!
  8. I just started to go on my LOR editor for the first time this year to change a song and I cant get it to pull up at all! Whats wrong with it? I hope I did'nt loose everything from last year.. Please help me.. Thanks: Gene.
  9. wakebums

    Mega Tree?

    Mine is 30' tall and I use a trampoleen frame for the bottom,, Its the 15' tramp. Works great.
  10. I heard theres a thread on here on how to cut and put ends on rope lights.. Can someone please help me find this link and how to do it.. Thanks..
  11. Wow.. Thanks.. Looks like I might have to find some LED flood lights...
  12. Im thinking of using some 100 watt flood lights on my show this year.. The only question I have is, How much power does a 100 watt flood put out? I know I have 1.875 amps per channel on my LOR unit.. How much power is the 100 watt light going to use? And how many can I do per channel.. I have 3 extra channels to use. Thanks: Gene.
  13. Thank you so much, that star is so awesome!!! I'll post pics of it on my mega tree for you when I put it up.
  14. AHHHHHHHHHH, that sucks.. I've been re-drawing these things for the past few years.. Everytime I add more channels I have to re-draw that stupid thing.. Thanks for the info for me too.
  15. 52 feet! Thats insane! But I bet it looks sweet! Thanks for the info, I'll get ahold of him.
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