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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. They are all LOR products. Three of the controllers are newer than the others, but I'm not sure that makes a difference.
  2. I have eleven controllers and two cosmic color ribbons plugged in. They are all connected with CAT5 cable. The first four are working. The other six and the ribbons are flashing green. If I only plug into the fifth controller, it shows a solid green. The minute I plug into it to go to the next controller, it begins flashing. I have tried bypassing the controller. I have also tried replacing the CAT5 cable. I have tried running phone cable. I am at the end of my knowledge here. Any suggestions?
  3. I posted this same message last year and got some help, but I need a a 2 channel fade controller to alternate flood lights on two separate cutouts. Action Lighting had one (product 204 ch/fader), but are sold out. Anyone know where else I can get one? I bought two last year, but one stopped working pretty fast last year.
  4. I'm new to decorating, and you guys look like you know what you're talking about. I have two wooden cutouts I'm placing on my roof. One is Santa going in the chimney, the other is Santa coming out. I want to have two floodlights that alternate between the two cutouts (i.e. one floodlight lights up Santa coming out, then shuts off, and the other floodlight lights up Santa going down). I have normal floodlights that plug into an outlet/extension cord, and no electrical experience. Any suggestions on what I can get to help with this, and where to get it. I appreciate it.
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