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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 mnkyboy

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    • Birthday 11/16/1962

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      who cares!
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      unknown nebulm
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      Grew up in South Ga, Lived in Ga all my life until I here to desert. I have a background in electronics, and did high end car systems, and home theaters for years before moving away from Ga.
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      hmmmm, golf, and anything that I can tinker with.....
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      It pays the Bills
    • About my display
      2007 1000 lights static.
      2008 over 10000 lights, 80 Channels of LOR!
      2009 over 26000 LEDs and 168 channels of LOR
      2010 over 35000 LEDS and 280 channels plus DMX
      My budget has been blown up several times already.
    1. ahh very good question....You will get your best results actually placing the flod about 3 feet off the ground and usually about 5 to 7 ft from the wall surface depending flood tyoe , LEDS used in the flood etc, AS far how far apart most good fllods will cover about 10 to 12 feet wide with solid color..Again that all dpeends onthe LEDs used and the degree of ourput from the device....
    2. I will be there with the follow from TwoDoglightStore. With recent events in mind, TDLS will be liquidating all remaing stock over the next few momths..If you have been thinking of ordering a VDRIVE/VFLOOD combo now is the time!!.... I will have Terry post a price list for me here early next week since I will be Roadtripping my way to ICE. I will have all these items in Limited supply that are in the image above: If you are comng to ICE and you see something on my list below you are interested in, let me know so I can set aside for you!! VDRIVE/VFLOOD combos (20)
    3. And I will gladly up the ante to help one of my customers... about mid July/early August, I am planning a code update to the processor on the VDRIVE. What it will change I am not disclosing at this time. But who ever purchases these units I will glady flash the update to them for just the cost of shipping both ways once the flash is available. The processors can be shipped back and forth for just a few dollars. I will also honor the warranty thru the first season as stated on my webpage to the new owner... I will also vouch that the units are fully tested personally by me, and the power s
    4. As Tim mentioned most are using small cased worklights or Halogen flood housings... VFLOOD board is actually smaller than the MM, and has more LEDS! There is a thread somewhere on PC where someone made housings for floods with PVC fencepost. I am planning on making another "All in one housing" DEMO out of the fence post. (rumor is I might even give that one away at ICE!) there is an entire thread on VDRIVE/VFLOOD that shows some of the housings that it can fit in here on PC.. Any new product info fr VDRIVE VFLOOD can be found at the link Tim posted above..
    5. I was until I found out I could not get vacation time that weekend, but the next weekend was free, so I was thinking (which my wife always says is dangerous) it would be nICE to take a Roadtrip and visit my birthplace I have never seen, Crawdfordsville which is right by Indianapolis. Wouldn't you know it, there is a gathering of Christmas decorators that particular weekend in the area. I wonder if I can crash it without offending anyone....Besides growing up in the south (actually the same town Darlene Pino now lives) I know Gatlinburg is not the best place to be on a holiday weekend and n
    6. Rebar?? Interesting idea Richard.. If anyone has noticed some of my images are now missing from posts in this thread, you can find them all hiding here. I had some issues where I had them stored and no way to go back and replace them here...
    7. Thank you Guys! And I will have special 2011 "preorder" pricing for HolidayUniversity members only shortly...
    8. leave the dial at default, there is no need to actually move it. when you create the shows on your card name them "show 1", "show 2", " show3" make the shows start and stop at different times, If you do like I do, have a "static" show to run for a short time before the main starts, leave a minute between the shows. for example show 1 start 5pm stop 5:59pm show 2 sun-thur start 6pm to 9:59pm fri sat 6pm to 10:59pm show 3 sun-thur start 10pm to 11pm fri sat 11pm to 12pm You can actually make it do differfent sequences at different times i
    9. Check my webstore for info on led floods. I will be posting 2011 preorder specials shortly on the website.
    10. Just remember these are electronic parts, and they do go bad. Light Emitting Diodes are a DC semiconductor we are running with AC current. Over all they are extermly reliable. Most of these lights are coming from minimal actual manufactuers in China.(yes Diogen/holiday creations is purchasing from the same sources as others if you followed this thread and took note of the UL codes mentioned before.) I am working on a way to do some simple testing and find where the failure occured in the LED strings, then how to fix them easily. This will be helpful when these strings pass their warranty.
    11. I use the DC-MP3 in a very simular manor as Ed. But as noted it won't turn on background items, so I just use a timer to turn on and off my radio station sign and FM transmitter 15 minutes prior to the main show and 15 minutes after the show ends... Just remember as others have said...
    12. I am confused also... what are you looking for just the sequence to those pieces of music? Or the music too? Music sharing is slightly illegal and frowned upon here on PC... I also want to agree with Tim... there was no reason to bite Chucks head off. He was stating an opinion that Sandstorm is NOT a very christmasy song. But then I have seen all kinds of stuff used in their Christmas displays! From AC/DC to Disco. Heck I even used Blue Man Group and U2 last year. I will also back up Chuck creditials. His post count is easily 4 times mine! Some how it has been messed up lately, La
    13. Dang Paul, Just when I was about to get my Credit Cards paid off......
    14. Honestly.. at this point I would unplug the cat5 from the RJ45 jacks in the controllers.. power up the controllers let them set to see if anything happens... If no, connect the first controller to the PC, let it sit idle for awhile, then try running sequences for a bit. then let it sit idle for a bit again..... if all works fine add the next controller.... repeat the same until you it starts seeing symptoms... then you have found where the issue lies... If nothing happened when they were unplugged... I would suspect a bad cable, cable end, or the RJ45 jack had been tweeked at one ti
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