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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 SirNicholas

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    • Birthday 07/30/1976

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      Coral Springs, Florida, USA
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      Scuba Diving, DJing, xmas decorating
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      Software Developer
    1. Thanks so much for the info!!! I'll upgrade tonight
    2. Hello, I'm still running version 1.6.9. I'm thinking about upgrading to the the S2 software suite for the 2009 season. For those running it... are you happy with it? Have you run into any problems? Did your sequences from a prior version import correctly to the S2 package? Thanks, Anthony
    3. Last year (2008) was my first year and I started with 64. I was going to add another 64 this year, but $$$ is tight right now. 128 will give me exactly what I need for the design I've planned... I guess I'll work up to it between this year & next (unless I win the lotto )
    4. Ran my first LOR test this weekend with success. I have most of the light up on the house. I connected my controllers (64 channels), and things are working as planned so far . It was such a pleasure to see the lights going with the music... it really gave me a much needed boost. After thanksgiving I'll move on to the lawn items...
    5. This is my first year with LOR too... I'm not overwhelmed yet, but I'm sure I will be after this weekend, lol. I have the lights on my house up, this weekend I plan on connecting the LOR units and see how my sequencing looks... yiks!!! After Thanksgiving I'll get my decoations out on the lawn... I can only imagine what my sequencing looks like... sheesh!!! I'm prepared the spend the month of December on my lawn fixing the sequencing I've already done and hopefully get a few more songs done... your not alone my friend... I'm treating this first year with LOR as a trial year
    6. What are they made out of? How thick are they? I'm not sure of this is an option or not, but here is what I did... I made mine out of 1" PVC and reinforced them from the inside with electrical conduit. I bought the conduit from home depot in 8ft or 10ft lengths (I’m not sure what length they come in), and cut them in half. I'll have to check the diameter to. I then hammered aluminum tube in the ground about 2ft down. The aluminum tube I used was from an old pool baby gate, they are a little over 4ft tall and slide snugly in 1" pvc (it was a perfect find). Then, I assembled the
    7. I used them as well and was very happy with their service
    8. hehehe... I can't wait!!! I'm doing the roof this weekend, the face of the house & shrubs next weekend, then thanksgiving weekend I'll get the lawn items out. I'm ready to see my first year of LOR animating come to life ... or crash & burn .
    9. Hello Floridans!!! I'm in Coral Springs. I've only been seriously decorating for 4 years and up until this year it's been a static display. This will be my first year with LOR and I'm very excitied! Our display is approx 20,000 lights with wire frames, but this year I'm scaling down to regroup with LOR. Next year I'll start building up again . Can't wait to drive around with the family to see some displays... Ant
    10. Here is my sign... It is backlit. We may change the candy cane stand a bit...
    11. I've read some people keep their controllers in the house and run extension cords out to the lights. Some people put the controllers outside on the lawn near their displays to cut down on extension cords... I'm curious as to what you put the controllers in? I'm a little worried about theft, but I'm more concerned about the weather. I'm using LOR btw...
    12. great prices... I was looking for green ones today too.
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