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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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    Light O Rama CTB16PCV1 Controllers. Used 2 Halloween seasons and 1 Christmas season. Didn't have the time or energy to completely redesign everything after moving so I'm selling all of my lightshow gear. All have been stored in their original boxes Condition is Used. Everything worked great last time they were used but they are being sold as-is. I'm open to offers and discounts for bulk purchases. $175 OBO for each controller 2 sold - 13 left. Email [email protected] with questions/offers.


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  2. "walking with a dead man over my shoulder".... Yeah...that's how I feel right now!
  3. That didn't work for me...the first song I tried was actually 128k...others have had a higher bitrate, but all have a constant bitrate (no variable rates here)...I'll keep plugging away. I'm still working on Monster Mash and am hoping someone can help me get a head start on Dead Man's Party.
  4. Is anybody willing to share their sequence for Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo? I found the one on lightoramasequences.com (56 channels) but I can't get my music to match up with it. I've purchased the song from a couple different places now to see if that was the problem but it's not...It just doesn't match up. I am running 64 channels and have a 10-pumpkin, pumpkin choir. Any sequencing though helps. This is my first year doing a Halloween show and I decided at the last minute (on 10/4) to decorate for it... TIA
  5. I bought some from Target, Lowes, & Hobby Lobby. The ones from Hobby Lobby are nice because you can carve your own design into them, but they are expensive. The ones at Target look good and I loved their selection. They had 5 or 6 different pumpkins of different sizes, some large ones (I paid $30 each), some tall skinny ones and some small round ones (can't remember the price on these). Lowes had some nice small ones and I think they were $6 each...on closeout.
  6. I'm needing one too, I emailed and didn't get a response, does anyone else have anything they can share?
  7. Okay, I wasn't aware of that, guess I'll get my order places. Thanks!
  8. I signed up for the mailing list but never received an email about the sale. Are these still on sale? I need 50 strobes and I thought the price for that quantity was $300 before the sale and as of this post, it's still $300 for that many strobes. Did I just completely miss out on the sale? That totally sucks because I've held off on buying because I heard there would eventually be a sale.
  9. These are some really good suggestions, but to take it one step further, I think that the Vendor Forum should actually be a Vendor Category and all of the Vendors would then have their own forum instead of their own sub-forum. Additionally, the States forum should be setup as a States Category with the regional divisions mentioned by Daniel. Then at that point, you can setup a sub forum for each state in the appropriate division. You would increase your site participation if you would set it up this way. It's not uncommon for people to skim the forums home page, only looking at the last post made. To be honest, it's how I stumbled upon this this thread. Had it not been visible, I wouldn't have even read this thread because it's a lot of work to have to click on EVERY sub-forum in these forums just to see what's getting talked about. If this is confusing for anyone, I will setup a working example on some forums I administer and take some screenshots showing what I mean.
  10. This is something Chuck will have to change in the Administration Panel. Chuck, this item needs to be changed in the "Forums & Moderators" >> "Forum Manager" section of the admin panel. You will have to change "Default Sort Field" from "Thread Title" to "Last Post Time" and then make sure the "Default Sort Order" to "Descending" for each individual forum unless you want to write a mysql command to change all of them at once.
  11. I have been trying to order strobes from christmaslightshow.com for a couple days now and am having problems with their website. I can add the strobes to my cart, but when I go to checkout I just get a blank screen. I have tried using Firefox and Internet Explorer with the same results, just a blank screen. I emailed them yesterday about the problem but haven't received a reply yet. Is anybody else experiencing this problem? I am pretty computer literate, I have built and run e-commerce sites myself and know the ins and outs of computers. Why the checkout function on this particular website won't work is stumping me (No, I don't have a firewall running).
  12. taybrynn wrote: So an order of 15 can't be submitted? It as to be 10 at a time? It seems like a weird group buy. Prices usually drop based on volume ordered. With this one, it resets after every 10 pieces ordered. What price advantage would we have if 50 pieces of the lcd transmitter were ordered by PC members? On something like this I would expect to see something structured like this (this is only an example): 1 - 10 pieces ordered = $150 ea. 11 - 20 pieces ordered = $145 ea. 21 - 30 pieces ordered = $140 ea. 31+ pieces ordered = $135 ea. Members would have 30 - 60 days to place their order before all orders were submitted and the final price point was selected (based on the amount of orders).
  13. What's the name of the property? I am in the apartment business and was in Denver for the last several days at an executive meeting. I was talking to one of the guys in our meeting about my new hobby and he was telling me about this house in Greely that he went to see this past Christmas. Probably you, unless there are a lot of other houses in Greely with animated displays?
  14. I pm'd you to help out, not to get in a bidding war with other members over lights that I don't necessarily need. While LED's are nice to have, I have placed my order with Paul from CD to cover my immediate needs. So on that note, I rescind my offer. This will allow others who may need the LED's more than me, have a better chance of getting the lights without driving the cost up.
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