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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 kirkmbrown2001

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    • Birthday 09/01/1991

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      spring city (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, USA
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      I own my own lawn care company to pay for my Christmas obsession. I just recently bought a truck that has drained my christmas funds for this year.
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      Lawn Care, Christmas Lights
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      Last year was my first year of syncronizing lights to music. I have 16 channels of LOR.

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    1. I am designing dynamic Facebook pages for Christmas light displays. Please see my display Facebook page for examples: http://www.facebook.com/sevenstarschristmas Features: Fan-Only content - Have certain widgets, images and text revealed after someone "likes" your page. Built in video galleries - Supports youtube and vimeo Built in photo galleries Built in Google maps Built in music player Built in polls Sweepstakes/Contests Twitter feed integration Countdowns Custom forms Sub-tabs Plus much more Custom design and hosting. Price: $60.00/yr for personal xmas displays (includes de
    2. It may very well work on it! It only works on strands that are broken into two sections. What I mean by that is if you were to take a bulb out of the strand, One half would work and the other wouldn't. If your net lights are broken into two halfs or just one, it will work... I hope I am making this clear because it is hard to explain. PM me if you need more clarification or have any more questions. Thanks, Kirk
    3. I have for sale a BRAND NEW UNOPENED commercial grade christmas light tester (buzz box). I already have one and don't need two. This is a MUST have for any serious decorator! I LOVE mine and I don't know what I would do without it! Tester Details: Plugs into a standard wall outlet, no batteries to worry about Finds twisted bulbs, empty sockets, and bad fuses Makes a very loud zapping noise where the problem bulb is Works on any incandescent mini light set with 100 bulbs or less Metal casing makes it very durable Can troubleshoot a strand of lights in seconds! VERY easy to use! Here is
    4. I am almost positive I saw a commercial for the TruTV channel that they will be airing a show tonight (monday) about "Behind the scenes" of the superbowl. They might show how they did the lighting and special effects. Just thought I would let you know.
    5. I definitly agree with Jim! You should point the top of the led retro (no matter what size) directly toward the viewing point. For this year, I used C7 retros and some were pointing up (gutter mounted) and some were pointed toward the viewing area (shingle mounted) and I must say there was a very noticable difference between the two! I will be much more careful in the position of the bulbs next year!
    6. And who knew there were soo many videos on rebar?
    7. Okay, I will try to explain it the best I can. If you don't understand, let me know and I can try to come up with a diagram. Answer to question 1: This year, I did the whole grid in 2 colors, red and green. I used 5 channels per color on the grid totaling 10 channels in all. Each Channel controlled 4 strings of a particular color. 20 strands of red broken into 5 channels/sections and 20 strands of green broken into 5 channels/sections. Answer to question 2: This year, I used a 6 inch spacing between strands. For example: Green strand - 6 inches - red strand - 6 inches - green strand
    8. Has anyone used creative display's falling icicles retros. They come in 5, 7 and 9 inch lengths. Are they random or do they all fall at the same time. If you used them in your display already, what was the reaction of spectators? Thanks, Kirk Brown
    9. Very cool, I love the idea to add the candy canes. Very nice pictures and drawings too.
    10. I have 2 trees with 4 different colors of minis on them. Everytime I look at them, some of the lights are out. They are brand new lights for this year from walmart. I fix the lights and then more go out. It is very fustrating. We live in a development that is in farm country and is constantly windy so all the light I guess get loose and don't work. My question is, are LED Minis less troublesome and less maintance than standard minis. Do you think they will hold up better to the wind. I am getting tired of seeing the minis not working so I am looking for a solution for next year. Thanks!
    11. I have the planet christmas ctb16pc unit (I think that is the name or close to it). It is the one with the board all soldered and all you have to do is mount the board to the enclosure and plug in the plugs. It comes with very easy directions and I think the only thing you need is a screwdriver. Any person should be able to do it. A perk of getting the card assembled and tested is that you get a one year warranty with it. I bought it last year and mine just broke (My fault, overloaded it) and they are sending me a new board within like 2 days and all I have to do is send the old one back with
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