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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 chowell

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    • Birthday 05/24/1975

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      Ogden, Utah, USA
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      Business Owner
    1. I hope everyone has had a safe setup thus far this season! I had the roof done a couple of weeks ago and was feeling good but with Thanksgiving fast approaching I am feeling a bit behind.....as usual! Yesterday I hung 7 snowflakes on the house, lit 4 pillars, and put up 2 chasing light poles. I still have 8 yard arches, 3 leaping arches, 19 mini trees, 4 shooting stars/poles, and 1-48 channel mega tree to get up. I also still have two songs to get sequenced. We are only two weeks out! I better get back to work.
    2. Just looked at the calendar yesterday and projected start date for hanging is Oct. 6th! I usually start mid October but I think I am going to speed it up a week this year. I will start on the roof as usual. Get the 88 string outline done (4 colors), and then the new strobes I am adding this year. Last year I added white LED strobes to the roof, and now red, blue, and green too! Going to take some extra time so starting earlier is a must I think. Best wishes to everyone and BE SAFE!
    3. Last year I tackled Dueling Jingle Bells and it was quite a hit. I received really good feedback and most had not heard it.
    4. I worked from about 6:30am yesterday until after dark. I just finished plugging in the last item when the snow set in. It snowed pretty good last night. Today I had to link up all the controllers and make the power runs in the snow. Got it all done and ran the hardware utility......everything came on! Last thing I want to do is add some strobes to the roof....hopefully tomorrow. Tonight around midnight I am running the first test show. Still a little to do with some music but I feel amazing relief now. I know it is all worth it in the end but man this year seemed tough for some reason!
    5. I want to add some strobes to various parts of my roof line. I am using C7 LED strobes on old C7 strands. I want to stagger a strobe here and there throughout my roof and am wondering the best way to do it. Do you guys customize your strands or just black out the unused sockets in the C7 strand? I have a rather large area to cover and would like to somehow customize the strands using SPT-2 if possible or something similar. Just not sure how to go about it. Thanks in advance. Corey
    6. OK, as of today, everything is up other than some last minute strobes. Starting tomorrow, I have to wire up all 256 channels after I place the controllers. Doing OK on time but I want to test run it this weekend but Utah is looking at a Friday/Saturday storm....again! It has stormed every weekend since I started the setup. Mother Nature is making this year very difficult although the weekdays have been nice. Just not much time on those days. Fingers crossed....still shooting for test this weekend sometime.
    7. Finally got the roof all lit last week. Was attempting to do some more lighting from the ladder and the weather set in big time the night before last. We have about 4 inches on the ground and it's cold today! Going to delay me a bit. Meantime I am inside the garage re-wrapping mini trees with LED's from last years sale. Going to try to get back on the ladder today but always makes me nervous when it's wet out. If the sun comes out today it should melt off. Funny how every year I start mid October and feel good about it...then by this time I am feeling rushed! Just finished my sixth so
    8. So on my roof line, I have pre-installed 3 different colors of lights (red, white, and blue) onto PVC sections to make setup and take down much quicker and easier. Those 3 were easy as they were all the same brand and size of lights so the lengths matched up perfectly. However, I still want to install green as well. The problem is the green lights are a different brand and therefore are a different length. The others are 19.6 ft. lit, and the green is 16 feet lit. I still want to be able to leave the green on the PVC sections each year. What I am wondering is, does anyone have any ideas
    9. Hey Relxerd, sorry for the delay. i will shoot you a pic in the next day or so and try and help you out. I did some more today. It is going up so nicely and seems very secure.
    10. I had posted a little while back about trying to "automate" the light installation on the roof. This year I am putting up red, green, blue, and white LED's. In the past i have put up three colors and the roof has been my most labor intensive and least favorite part of the display setup. I decided to try installing the lights on 1/2" PVC first with zip ties so I could put the lights up in sections. I have been building those sections the last few weeks. Today I started putting them up and man I am stoked about how it is going so far. The PVC is sitting perfectly on the edge of the gutter,
    11. I have been working inside the garage getting things ready and today officially started the installation. I have switched to all C6 LED's for the roof due to overall weight of having four different colors up there. I got the roof about 30% done today. Great start so far!!!
    12. Does anyone remember the free download for software that will allow you to record bits and pieces of voices and such from DVD's? I had it on my old computer but can't remember which software or company it is. The old one I had would allow you to record up to 30 seconds or so but you had to purchase a full version to do any more than that. Thanks in advance. Corey
    13. OK so I tried something out today. I used a 10' length of 1/2" white PVC and attached 3 of my 4 c6 LED strands with wire ties and zip ties. I then placed it on top of my rain gutter and was able to secure it by using wire ties to the nails that anchor the gutters to my roof. It seemed to work pretty well and I think if I anchor 3 spots along each 10' section it will hold securely. My C6 strands are 19.5' lighted length so I was thinking about using another section to finish off the lights so the length will be 19.5' but I will use a zip tie to join them so that I can fold it in half for st
    14. Hey all, I have been away too darn long but thank you all for the wonderful ideas. Not sure any of them will work quite yet but I need to bear down and get to work....like yesterday! If any of you think of anything else please share them! Thanks again. Corey
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