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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 lightingman117

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Jesus's birth; though I realize it is generally told incorrectly I'd rather it be told than not at all.
  • Location
    Niceville, Florida
  • Biography
    Electrical Engineer, Christmas light enthusiast, married to the most beautiful woman ever & I love Jesus!
  • Interests
    Christmas lights, Airsoft, Guns, Audio Visual Productions.
  • Occupation
    Test Developer for Survice Engineering
  • About my display
    96chs, roof lights, 2 sets of icicles, nativity scene, 15' mega tree, 8' mini-mega tree, 4 fire sticks, 4 leaping arches, strobes, holographic figurines, pathway stars & candy canes & garland.

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  1. lightingman117


    You should come by my house then
  2. lightingman117


    First, Welcome to PC! Yeah you will need moooreee Thanks for serving our country.
  3. A much more complicated way would be relays for each receptacle run into a timer. http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=PB621-ND The timer would turn the coils on using low amperage and the contacts would turn your lights on. Hope it helps,
  4. I was wondering what the Test-100's principle way of fixing lights was. I know it's high voltage electricity, but I am wondering how high. Basically the specs I guess? I'd like to build my own instead of buying one. Oh, and yes I know about electricity, so no need to tell me that I could kill myself with this. Thanks,
  5. Yeah, ditto. I guess we aren't getting our cords??
  6. First, Welcome to PC!! yeah, It all depends on the layout and such I normally take from last week in oct. to Thanksgiving when they all come on to set up roughly 22,000 lights all computer controlled with 80ch's LOR. This year I'm getting started late because life does that to you... so during my thanksgiving break i'm gonna set all of them up (yeah killer I know), but tis what I gotta do. On a different note Dec. 15th? Isn't that a little late most of the guys like to turn their stuff on around Thanksgiving. Just wondering, no biggie... Enjoy the fellowship of members here and the help!
  7. Blarg, when did you order yours so that i may further approximate my ability to receive cords or not?
  8. I think as far as music it's good, but as far as sequencing goes I don't see many songs that are Christmasie?? enough... very interesting album to say the least.
  9. Thanks guys, but I have someone who i'm in contact with now. Sorry about the confusing post I'll try to not make that mistake again... Thanks PC-guys/gals
  10. I hope I get an email either way... I would prefer to know before the 30th...
  11. I'm in need of ~35 clear mini's on green wire preferably 1.25 ea. + shipping. Thanks,
  12. Me too! $5.00 is 1/8th of a lawn mowing job If you get to keep your controllers I'd gladly help! If you still insist on selling your stuff I could use ~35 boxes of white incandescents on green wire. But would prefer you keep your stuff. Nathan
  13. When did you order them? I might be in a rut without those for a sound gig on the 31st.
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