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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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    1. Check out Richard Holdman's "Behind the Scenes" video...he shows the cords, location of controllers, vampire plugs, etc. As always, he's here to help and made an awesome resourse for the rest of us to learn from! http://holdman.com/christmas/projects.asp
    2. I like it! Nicely done! I was expecting to see some copied elements from Holdman's but didn't, so nice job. I mean yeah you have a lot of the same things, but not in the same layout or numbers.
    3. As far as I can tell, ours is $9.84/kWh ... the consumption column online doesn't show a label so I'm not positive it's already in kW usage.
    4. Any other (Adobe) Flash developers out there? I just started sequencing my first song tonight in LOR S2 and can't believe how difficult it is! I'm so used to annimating multimedia elements to a streamed audio files in Flash, I thought this sequencing in LOR would be a simple thing!! I can't seem to figure it out yet, it's like the wave form and timing isn't together....the lights have to be behind the wave form. I don't know...all I do know is I'm really struggling, just wondering if there are others out there like me!?
    5. Yep, last week TDorrKS told me he saw the beginning of Christmas stuff in Hobby Lobby. And I went by there last night for something else, and they had mostly Christmas Crafts, and little decoration type stuff, ribbon, bows, etc. Nothing serious yet. But I did take a pic with my phone of the layout for their Christmas Stock...it was taped up to the end of one of the isle's so it must be getting close! Makes me mad though honestly, lets celebrate our Independence first merchants!
    6. Very good advice that I wouldn't have figured out until I was past sick of the one song I was working on! I'm going to jump into my first sequencing this weekend so this advice timing was perfect!
    7. I wish I could but we're going to be out of town! :-( This will be my first year, so I need all the insight I can get! HAHAHA
    8. Oh duh, thanks for getting out the graphics! :-) VISUAL....I'm a visual guy! HA!
    9. Harrison, thanks for the quick reply, but I don't see on there where you can search/sort by state? Sorry I'm missing something!
    10. I thought there used to be the ability to search (or sort) by location (state)? I can't figure out how to search that way now...anyone know how?
    11. TysonHphoto


      Kansas in the house here! We're in Gardner (south of KC) this will be the first year animating! I already know Tim D....but nice to see the others on here! I hope more show up! :-) Steve, what is your test mega tree made of? I assume you don't use it in your actual display? I think it's nice....I'm wanting to do something next year, but want something that's modular or something if possible. Haven't put much thought into it yet though. I'd also like to find some trees like 8' tall that can be stored away kind of like the mini trees. Nothing really on there yet, I just got it going the other
    12. Ok, so I just went out to http://www.iespell.com clicked the Download link, followed the mirror site (CNet) and downloaded it in IE. Ran the Install. Closed IE. Opened IE and spellcheck now works. Have you tried these steps?
    13. Which editor setting are you using? You may want to try the Advanced one. Mine underline as I type if they are wrong (using Firefox right now)
    14. That's awesome Tim! Although, sorry guys but I wasn't around quite yet in 73!
    15. Arghhh...that's what I was overlooking! I knew there had to be an easy way...thanks for pointing out the obvious jack!
    16. Is there a way to show posts across the entire forum according to how new they are? It seems to be kind of a pain that you have to check each category, and sub to find the new stuff. Or maybe I'm too global of a thinker? HA!
    17. I've got the Ramsey FM30B...really like it a lot. I discovered a few thing of note though (thankfully before any signs, recordings were created!) Double-check in your car the availability of frequencies several blocks around your house. I first used the Vacant channels tool on Radio-Locator (http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant) and it said 102.7 was the best choice for my zipcode. So I put 102.7 FM in my Ramsey, went and turned on the radio, sounded great...got in my car later that day, tuned to 102.7 FM and it was fine until about 100 yards away, when some Religion station was coming in
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