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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 skrednik

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  • Birthday 11/30/1963

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    Orange Park, Florida, USA
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    Music, RC Airplanes, Computers
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    ATC
  1. Thanks Tony Of the 5 I sequenced 'The little Drummer Boy' was the most popular, but my favorite was 'We Three Kings'. When that 'wave' went off on the first beat, it got your attention if you had the radio up! Ha! The 'get together' idea is a must. I think we are going to have a few more new people next year. It might be cool to help. I know I needed it for my first season. Rich
  2. Scott Thanks! Where in Orange Park are you? I missed your display. I'd love to come and see it next year. Rich
  3. It was the only night I could get the HD Camera and it was late. I didn't want to wake them. They have real young ones. I have some standard def. vids without his lights on though. It was so funny, after he saw the show and my neighbor accross the street saw it, they went out and bought the Gemmy things the very next day. I spent all this money to have the FM transmitter so I wouldn't bother the neighbors with the music and they blare that single speaker the whole time their lights are on. One onlooker asked me if his radio was too loud and I told him no it was fine. He had to turn it up so he could hear over the Gemmy speaker. He volunteered to short out my neighbors speaker. I laughed and told him "no, that's ok". I'm trying to convince them both to do our diplays together next year. I'll do all the sequencing, you guys provide the electricity! Ha! We'll see. Rich
  4. Thanks Steve! It was a Canon HV20 I borrowed from a friend. I just wish my neighbor wouldn't leave his Gemmy light show on all night! In the background, his lights are blinking on and off out of sink with my music. Oh, well, What can you do?!? Ha!! Rich
  5. This is my first year doing animation and I too, received a Christmas card from a total stranger thanking me for making their season a little brighter. Inside was also a check for $20 as a 'donation' they said, was to help with the electric bill. Total shocker for me! Needless to say, I didn't want to accept it, but after thinking hard, I realized it would insult them NOT to take it. So I called and thanked them whole heartedly. Then the very next night, a couple were watching with their 4 year old daughter and when my wife went outside to check on things, the 4 year old came up to her with her parents and handed my wife a $5 bill. The parents said their daughter was insistent on giving us 'some money to help pay for the lights, so we could keep doing it next year'. My wife tried to argue, but the parents were insistent that it was what the girl wanted and she would be upset if we didn't take it. I got a little misty when my wife was telling me this as I had to work that night and was not home. It makes all the work so much more fulfilling knowing there are still people out there that find it in there hearts to give just a little more. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Rich Hale
  6. Thanks Tony I've been having to work nights all this weekend and this week, but I hope to get out on Monday or Tuesday to see some others. Will you still be up and running this week? Traffic has let up some since Christmas, which I expected, but what I didn't expect was the volume of traffic the week building up to Christmas. I had cars wrapped around the block in both directions. 15-18 cars watching at a time. All from word of mouth. No advertising, newspaper or TV spots. Surprised me! I was trying to keep it somewhat low key for the neighbors, but it didn't last long! How was traffic for everybody else? Rich
  7. Here are some videos of my first year. 128 channels and about 41000 lights. If I had to do it again, I would have started smaller. But, I got it done, just had to ignore everything else in my life for a while. The responses from the visitors was overwhelming. I would think next year would be easier...... I hope! Merry Christmas!!! http://www.orangeparklights.com/10.html Rich
  8. Welcome!! Just accross the river from me. I'm going to make the trip to Mandarin this week to see yours and Tony Palombo's. I'll knock and say 'Hello'. Merry Christmas!! Rich H.
  9. I have some of the red and purple and had bulbs going out during Halloween. I decided not to use the purple for Christmas, but I have the red in bushes and around windows. Some red bulbs are burning out prematurely, but the whole string is staying lit so far. Rich
  10. Tony Me too. I saw you on Channel 4 a couple of weeks ago. Great Job!! I put a link to your site on my website. I know of you, TNYChristmas and the one off of Chaffe road on the westside. Any others? I love the Look of the fireworks effect in your video. I'll have to come see how you did that!!! Take care. Rich
  11. Matt You seem to be the king of light wrapping and your trees are awesome. I did some wrapping this year and the "ball of yarn" thing works great! Was wondering did you have to rent a lift to get as high as you did in your trees or were you climbing like a monkey. Just curious. I have some great tall Sycamores, but only went up about 10 feet on the main trunk. Would love to get higher. Rich
  12. Orange Park Lights in Orange Park Florida. A suburb of Jacksonville. First year of animation with 40000 lights and 128 channels. This site has been so valuable for us first timers. Appreciate everyones expertise and advice! Thanks!!! http://www.orangeparklights.com
  13. I just started using Sony vegas 9.0 Platinum and you can get a 30 day trial version off the website. Just using it to capture my mini dv sony camcorder improved the quality over Windows movie maker. It's definitley not HD, but I don't have an HD camera and what I was getting before was not even watchable (?). Wish I was able to find an HD camcorder to borrow. They are coming down in price, but I can't justify a purchase just for Christmas light videos!!! Ha Rich
  14. Lowes here in north Florida is 50% off all Christmas decorations including lights. I just cleaned my store out of green minis for $1.19 a box. Couldn't find any green ones at the sales last year so I grabbed them up.
  15. Was in Lowes today, picking up my last batch of lights for the season, and after asking someone if there were any more red mini's as I needed 6 more besides the 42 I had in my cart, they informed me after pulling the last 2 cases off the top shelf, that that was it! They will not be ordering more for the holidays! When there batch runs out, that's all! Hope this is just in my area or just this store. If you need Lowes' brand lights, I would get them now!! Anyone else hearing of the same thing? Rich
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