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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 metallus2000

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  • Birthday 07/31/1958

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  • Location
    Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Biography
    Completely addicted to Christmas.....
  • Interests
    G Scale Trains, LOR set-ups and PC games.
  • Occupation
    Computers
  • About my display
    96 Channels, many many LED lights
  1. I am slowly figuring this thing out. The one problem I do have is that my talking skull's mouth moves to an open mouth default, instead of the closed mouth default I set in the servodog utility. Has anyone had an experience with this? and the fix? If I turn the channel all the way through, and then put blanks where he speaks, it works, but that's opposite of the normal programming. I did post in LOR forums to no avail. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks Ken
  2. We recently moved to San Francisco area and started my first LOR show....have done Christmas for 4 years now, but this was very cool. We also used Hallowindows... http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1034945419 The Monster Mash one is my fav, plugging in videos of Boris Karlof....
  3. Love this site, using 1-3 for this years halloween set-up, videos to follow :-) www.hallowindow.com
  4. I have it up and operating 5-10 nightly on 107.3 as well.

  5. Do not know if i can make it this weekend but would love to come and see your lights someother time if its possible. I have heard great things and would like 2 see it in person. Thanks Nick Would love 2 exchange decorating ideas.

  6. Hey...:-) We d a lightshow Dec 5th forth food bank of New London...welcome to attend, watch my wbsite www.haleychristmas.com

  7. Just wanted to say hello and glad to see someone else from the area who loves decorating as much as me. I live in Norwich

  8. Great stuff all! I'll have to try a few of the ideas this year to see what works best here :-)
  9. I am looking for ideas or products in which I can cover the extension cords outside, were they attach to the lights. I am on the shoreline in CT and winter can be a wet mess! I ave my LOR boxes outside in a heavy duty container, so those plugs from the lights to the controller are ok...
  10. I have had problems in the past, GCFI's popping in the middle of the show. I decided to put them in some type of container and found this online. I bought the boxes at Lowes $65/per...a bit expensive but very well made and I am protecting 2k worth of electronics... Here's the link of the set up ths guy did. http://www.tauntonstales.com/construction.htm Scroll down about 3/4
  11. Pegboard, but I agree on durability. I mainly got the wowlights flag to study and make a better one. But since I was doing a show (tomorrow) I needed something now...
  12. Has anyone sequenced a medley of the armed forces hymns? I have been working on one, but could use some help :-) I want to sequence it to the wowlights flag...
  13. Joel, Thanks! I did something similiar, trying out new things to get a slower "wave" etc... check out my website, have my seq for 4th of July zipped and downloadable...trade ya for that song you linked...:-) BTW anyone can download, just right click and save as...make sure you have winzip...
  14. I have the wowlights flag, but I am trying to create the flag to make it look like its "waving". Has anyone figured this out? if so would appreciate the sequence where you made it happen :-) Have some of mine on haleychristmas.com under July 4th tab.
  15. Santa Don, Do you have a picture of your flag? I have the wowlights one, mainly to see how it's done so I can make it bigger. Looking for ideas and yours sounds really cool. Ken
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