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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 TroyW

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  • Birthday 12/31/1968

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  • Location
    Leesburg, Georgia, USA
  • Biography
    Starting decorating as a kid and got the bug. Now it's a tradition!
  • Interests
    Computers, Photography and Christmas lights :o)
  • Occupation
    HVAC Designer
  • About my display
    160 LOR channels
    45,000 lights

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  1. I'm doing well...just starting to feel a little Christmas pressure. No Halloween again this year for me. I did put up an inflatable pumpkin with the ghost popping out from Lowes though. I'm sure we'll make it over your way sometime before Halloween. I see you met "Superman". I have talked with him briefly on here and offered for him to come out and take a look. I get several people every year that come by and say they want to give it shot, but so far haven't seen any new ones in the area so nice to see he's diving in. I finally caved in this year and ordered some voiceovers from Demented Elf and can't wait to hear that. All in all things are coming along slowly but surely. I will probably start setting up a few things in the next week or two and then after the trick or treaters clear out it's full steam!
  2. Hi Darlene, I see you're full speed on the Halloween show! I managed to put up an inflatable this year Got some new projects I'm working on for Christmas that I hope will come together soon. The weather has cooled off so now we can get busy! Troy
  3. TroyW

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    Went back and looked when I got home and I can't find where I got the Joy To The World from. I use itunes, walmart.com and amazon. Occasionally I have strayed to some more risky websites to get a good tune, but can't find it on any of my bookmarks. I know it was from an album called Cyber Trance Presents The Best Of X'mas Trance Non-Stop and the group is Cybernation sometimes referred to as Dancenation. If you really want it, let me know and I might can help you out.
  4. TroyW

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    Hi Darlene, we tried to get back out again to your neck of the woods, but it just never worked out. Maybe we can share tips sometime before "lights on" this year and yes 2010 was a rough year. Happy New Year to you as well!
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    Thanks everyone! Joy To The World is by Dance Nation. I believe I got it from itunes. I edited it to make it a little shorter. They also do a version of Happy christmas war is over that I just found on youtube that I will be checking out for this year.
  6. TroyW

    Back to work!

    Happy New Year Georgia! Well it's back to work now and time to plan for 2011. I hope everyone has a great year. Below is a link to one of our 2010 videos. I still have to upload a few more, but haven't completed the editing yet. This was our 3rd year using LOR and with 160 channels. We had a few light issues that we had to deal with, but we will get that corrected this year. Thanks to everyone for the tips and suggestions. http://www.vimeo.com/17482966
  7. I had a 1/2 string of green C-6s fail early last night and an hour later the other 1/2 failed and then a whole string and another 1/2 string failed. All green C-6s. Ugggghhhh!
  8. Yes, I have been checking out the colonnade strips. Not sure about either yet. At this late of date I might be better off to keep the pine and just endure another 10 months of the "your stuff is taking up too much room in the garage" LOL
  9. Hi George, I'm using pine frames now, they are just taking up lots of storage space due to the size of my windows (wife problem ). I was thinking this window thing might could snap apart yet leave the lights in it and take up less storage room. Thanks for the reply
  10. I am looking for a easier way to mount lights around my windows and found this on the internet. http://www.window-wonder.com I'm wondering if anyone has tried it. It says it's made for inside mounting, but can be used outside. It looks like it might be flimsy for tall windows...Has anyone tried it outside and does it last? Thanks, Troy
  11. Leesburg is about 80 miles south of Columbus. Personally I wouldn't want to spot a tree with the snowflake haning on it because you you would see it. If you spot the trees I might would just spread them around on "T" post and maybe hang a couple on the trees that aren't spotted for height varying. JMO )
  12. Robert, I believe the instrumental you are talking about is "It's a wonderful Christmas". That is on Michael W. Smith's Christmas CD although I edited it to make it a little shorter. My flakes are 36" rope sculpture from www.noveltylights.com. I have 2 pine trees that I mounted 2 flakes on and the rest I did with "T" post varying the height. My opinion is if you do the cascading flakes you will need about as many as Holdman uses to get the effect. Flakes on the roof could be obstructed by the trees, but that would probably depend more on the viewing angle. I had wanted to mount some on my roof (which is steep as well) but haven't come up with a good way to hang them. If you spread them I would definately vary the height and viewing depth as well as alternate them in your sequence. This will be my 3rd year so I'm still experimenting as well. Rearranging this year and adding more poles and 2 smaller megatrees. If the only thing holding you back is flakes I would go ahead and start sequencing and just keep those in mind and go back and add them in later. Good luck, Troy
  13. Robert, I'll have to go with Richard except I didn't do the cascading "S" snowflakes. I just like the spread better for my layout. Troy
  14. Thanks guys! As some may know like "joey" Christmas time in Georgia is wet more than it is white so I had some concerns about lights being submerged in a small puddle if we have another rain soaked Christmas like last year.
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