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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.

Brad M

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Later, trying to update.
  • Location
    Turlock,Ca, USA
  • Biography
    19 in years in Law Enforcement, Four years using LOR.
  • Interests
    Motorcycles, Golf, and making things.....
  • Occupation
    Law Enforcement
  • About my display
    Fiove mini tress, on mega Snowflake.
  1. Look at it this way. Your display may have five mini trees, three window outlines, and seven bushes. The sequence you downloaded my have seven mini tree, five window outlines. You can swap those channels (cut and paste) and find a way to incorporate the other three channels with some other elements. Plus the downloaded sequence already has the timing/beat laid out for you.
  2. Sorry, I have no idea how that slipped by. Try this http://bumble-radio.weebly.com/equipment-tools-tips-and-how-tos.html
  3. Check out my website, http://www.lightorama.com, you will find the pic there.
  4. I have done this one. It has some additional audio work. You can get it from my web site. http://bumble-radio.weebly.com/sequences.html
  5. I'm bumping this for the newbies, not just to toot my own horn. This works well because most of us have stuff that is not heavy be takes up space. If you put the light stuff over head you can free up some floor or shelve space for the heavy stuff.
  6. Here is the link to the tombstones I made. It's post #2. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/42752-Tombstone-idea!!?p=504267#post504267
  7. You can use all different color of lights, plus operate strobes with lightning sound effects. I use red, green and blue lights for my tomb stones (no video, but I do have pics on another thread) The combination's are endless as long as they fit with the music. I wanted to do something circular or rotating like a mega tree, but thought a tree was not a Halloween element. I made a spider web instead. This video shows just some of what the web can do (Mostly around the 50 sec mark) http://www.youtube.com/user/BumbleRadio#p/u/5/m5X5QIrAXpQ I will try to find the link to the tombstone post.
  8. I have used the WHT for a few years, and seem to have had better luck than most. To start, I have noticed that if the volume on the computer is set to high the transmission is distorted. I have my WHT placed just under the front eve with the help of a 20' audio cord, so there is not other electronic near the transmitter or antenna. In this photo my house is in the lower right corner, and I can get clear signal at the intersection on the upper left (about 700' away).
  9. I used the light diffuser/panel covers from Home Depot to make my tombstones last year. Each has three colors (red, blue, green) and using the intensity setting I can (in theory) make almost any color I want. I made mine by cutting the 4’ x 2’ panels into three sections of 2’ x 1’ 6”. Then I cut strips of 2” x
  10. Brad M

    URGH!!! Vandals

    Sorry to hear about the vandalism. As far as the cat5 cable (and phone cord) bending the connectors, I slip the cat 5 into the hole on the controller then loop it into a knot. That way if I step on the cable it will hopefully limit the strain on the connector.
  11. Not sure where you are at but, you can stop by a bicycle repair shop. They might just give you some old ones for free.
  12. I think your idea is wonderful. To limit you responsibility, I would suggest contacting the foster parent agency and offer a date and time that works for you, where the agency can gather 5 to 10 families and bring them to you. You can still provide chairs, pop ups, hot chocolate etc
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