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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 Travis

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 09/03/1971

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  • Location
    Carson, Washington, USA
  • Interests
    Christmas lights, music, and making people happy and putting smiles on peoples faces.
  • Occupation
    Certified welder
  1. Hi Fellow Decorators Just curious as to how many people here use the GoPro HERO3 HD Camera for shooting video and still photos of your displays ? How does it do for night time videos and photos of your lights ? http://gopro.com/hd-hero3-cameras
  2. Travis

    Anybody here ?

    Hi All The Parks Family here in Carson, Wa. in the Columbia River Gorge checking in to say hello. We are running 64 channels of Light-O-Rama again this year with four songs. Last year we did not get much traffic, but through out the year the word has spread like weeds and we are getting our fair share of local resedent people coming by to see our display. Its been a great turn out so far. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year
  3. Hi Randy, My name is Travis and I live in Carson, Wa. in the Columbia River Gorge. Even though my status is "Senior Member" I am a newbie to the animation world, Ask MarkZ (Zman) he will agree, LOL !. 2008 was to be my first year animating our display. Last year 2007 we had a small statice display. For 2008 our display has doubled in size. My wife and I put a lot of heart and soul into the design of our animated display. during last summer we had some major medical issues come up and we put the animation portion of the display on the back burner and were not going to animate for 2008. Christmas is my wife's and mine most favorite time of year. My wife love the beauty of christmas decorations and the creativity that goes into them. With our LOR plans put on hold and lacking quite a few items to be able to animate for 2008 it was surely not going to happen. My family consist of my Wife Teresa, my son Jared and my father Jerry. we all love this season and spending time with our family and remembering the real meaning of CHRISTmas. Well October came and my wife woke up one morning 89% blind and she fears of losing her vision totally. Doctors have done countless test to figure out why she is losing her vision and to this day they can't figure out. My father Jerry that lives with my wife and I is termanly ill with cancer and we take care of him. With all that being said, in late october a few PC members in my local northwest area talked me into at least doing something with the display items I had, and there for the LOR animation was set forth as a go. I struggled franticly to order a fm transmitter, SPT wire and the other items needed to get the show up and running with a really (LATE) start. With my wife's condition she was affraid that she would lose her vision totally and would never be able to see that hard work that her and I put into the animation display that her and I spent all last spring and summer to design. So it was my mission to get the animated show up and running so that my wife could see our display animated at least once before if in fact she does lose her vision forever. I tried so hard every day to get the display up and all wired and running in hopes to have it going with in the first week of december. Well we were hit with a major snow fall for numerous days with a accumolation of 5 feet of snow on the ground. So that put a huge delay on getting the display up and wired. I spent more time shoveling snow off my roof, shoveling the car out etc.... that took away from the work that needed to the display. Then with the bad weather still dumping 12 inches of snow each night I thought that there was no hope in getting the display running. Then we had a couple of days of decent weather and the snow started to melt, so things were starting to look good and I was able to do some more work on the display adn I set my light up target date for Christmas Eve/Christmas day. Well we got hit with another 2 feet of snow and then it froze solid with freezing rain on top. For some reason God gave me the strength to keep trying. Christmas came and went and the display was still not up and running, so I set my next target date to New Years Eve/ New Years Day. Well again, we got hit with another snow storm and it dumped on us again. So here it is now January 5th and I finally have 85% of the display up and wired, minus two major decorations that my wife requested and wanted in the display the most, which is four leaping arches and eight 2 channel 2 color mini trees. My neighbors think I have fallen off my rocker because I am still hanging lights and working out in our yard with 4.5 feet of snow. I don't care how rediculous it looks putting up a christmas display in january, I set forth on a mission for my wife to be able to see this animated display at least once to ease her fear of never being able to see it and I will get it done. I was short two LOR controllers to animate our entire display and a fellow northwest PC member that my wife and I hold dear to our hearts loaned us two of his spare LOR controllers to use. He even gave us a rope light bethlehem star that needed to be fixed, it is now fixed and fully lit 20 feet above our roof, my wife now calls the star "The Star Of Hope" and the person that loaned us his controllers and gave us the "Star Of Hope" so choses to reveal himself he is surely welcome to, I know he will read this. Also when my wife and I had put the animation on hold we had not done any sequencing yet, and due to the situation and the late start, another PC memeber offered me every sequence that he had created for me to use. As of today, our display is almost done and ready for its first official light up and run the show. Here is a photo of our 2007 small static display. The second photo is the design of our animated display that my wife and I put our hearts into creating and is almost complete. I will post some pics and hopefully get some video of our display onces it is up in running. Randy, If I was to win your LED Sign, you can rest assure that it will be in our display next season with a message of the real meaning of CHRISTmas and it would be front and center for all to see. Thank you Randy for your kind offering. Travis
  4. Jeff What HD camera are you using to record your display with ? My wife and I are looking for a good HD video camera. I love how clean the image is on your videos. You did a excelent job on your display this year. Congrats. Travis
  5. Bill I ordered mine the same day. From the tracking number they gave me, it says I will have it this friday. Don't know if that helps or not. Travis
  6. oh ok thanks. So are you saying that the sockets from Action Lighting are too tall for Darryl Brown's strobe lights ?
  7. Can some one tell me who sells the best quality SPT1 C9 Sockets for use with Darryl Brown's strobe lights ? I have seen mixed opinions on Action Lighting's SPT C9 sockets, and they are $8.05 for a bag of 100 sockets. http://www.actionlighting.com/item-d...nCategory=&Sub= Then there is these C9 sockets that Creative Decorating Inc. "Brad Finkle" sells for $4.95 for a bag of 12 sockets. http://www.creativedecoratinginc.com...9-sockets.html I don't know who else sells these. Thanks Travis
  8. Hi All And Seasons Greatings. I am in a mad rush to order some SPT1. I was looking at Paul's 1,000 rolls, Action Lighting's 500 foot rolls, then I stumbles across this vendor on the PC main page on the vendors list. http://www.creativedecoratinginc.com/ Has any one used this company or ordered from them ? How repidable is this company ? Their price on a 1,000 foot spool of SPT1 is CHEAP, and for a price of $79.95 for a 1,000 foot spool it is cheaper than most I have found. check it out here. http://www.creativedecoratinginc.com/electrical-accessories/zip-cord.html Please let me know. Thanks Travis
  9. Richard I am very excited for you. How incredible that is, you help M.A.W.F. with the power of your display and now look, they are wanting to help you by giving you a place to set your display up. It just goes to show, what goes around does come back around. Congrats. Travis
  10. Travis

    Anybody here ?

    Mark I think that does count. Darin said my location counts
  11. Travis

    Anybody here ?

    Hi Darin, Yes I'm actually 10 minutes from the Bonneville Dam. Yeah if I could tap in directly to the dam I would have all the service power a light fanatic dreams of
  12. Travis

    Anybody here ?

    I'm up in the Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, Carson. Wa.) right across the river from Cascade Locks. Does that count
  13. I was thinking about using black heat shrink tube
  14. Sorry I can't make it there. Maybe next year guys, as I already have too much on my plate as it is taking care of my dad.
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