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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.

Jeffrey

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About Jeffrey

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  • Birthday 01/19/1970

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    http://www.mainelights.org

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Watching A Christmas Story for the first time with my future wife. :-)
  • Location
    Maine, New York, USA
  • Biography
    Grew up in the '80s and loved it. I'm an '80s arcade game nut with a Christmas light problem. :D
  • Interests
    Kids, computer stuff, old video arcade games, and as my wifey says... "All things geeky!" ;o)
  • Occupation
    Telecom Tech
  • About my display
    We started with a Lights and Sounds of Christmas in 2007 and then went to LOR in 2008. 2010 will have ~65,000 lights with 256 channels of LOR goodness. Check out our website for pictures and videos.

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  1. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
    • New

    I'm going to be listing a bunch of controllers here over the few weeks. I'll add more as I clear out my storage bins. All prices do NOT include shipping BUT I will help out and pay 1/2 the actual shipping. If you have any questions feel free to ask here or via private message. NOTE: Some enclosures have been painted or partially painted black. They are in good physical condition needing only another coat of paint. CTB16PC #4 - $135 OBO Controller comes in LOR enclosure with LOR cords. It has two heavy duty power cords and the high capacity heatsinks. Pictures are here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/7LWfUARLLZrALQfm6 CTB16PC#10 - $100 OBO Controller comes in CableGuard CG-1000 enclosure with a single heavy duty power cord and zip cord controller cords. Standard heatsinks only. Pictures are here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/F2t4oCbSmvPmXNaTA CTB16PC#11 - $100 OBO Controller comes in CableGuard CG-1000 enclosure with a single heavy duty power cord and extension cord controller cords. Standard heatsinks have been doubled up to help dissipate a little more heat than the standard heatsinks. Pictures are here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/FKZZm4QFZjFA3iGC7 CTB16PC#12 - $100 OBO Controller comes in CableGuard CG-1000 enclosure with a single heavy duty power cord and zip cord controller cords. Standard heatsinks only. Pictures are here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/xSPuT2PhnTRdm4xS6 CTB16PC#13 - $100 OBO Controller comes in CableGuard CG-1000 enclosure with a single heavy duty power cord and zip cord controller cords. Standard heatsinks only. Pictures are here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/Wi9or6L37271ikqJ6

    $100.00

    BInghamton, NY

  2. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
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    I bought all these last year to use in our display and never got around to adding them. The pixels are brand new. They come in bags of 10 strings(50 pixels per string) and the one bag was only opened to get a good picture of the nodes. They are 5v WS2811 IP68 and I included a bunch of pictures here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/nhSZfPGqqDR6xLet7 The SanDevices E682 controller is fully assembled in a CableGuard CG-1500 enclosure. It includes a 60A 5v power supply mounted on a power supply kit from HolidayCoro.com. There are pictures of the controller here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/CZFDJFH1n8Jin67A7 I'd like to get $75 per 500 pixels and $200 for the controller/power supply/enclosure. If you buy everything I'd drop the price to $325. Prices do NOT include shipping BUT I'll pick up half the actual shipping costs. If you have any questions or want a picture of something let me know.

    $325.00

    Binghamton, NY

  3. Just noticed he dropped these down $40 to $99 delivered. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Santa-Claus-Neon-Light-Sign-Gift-Home-Collectibles-Pub-Beer-Bar-Sign-V25-V95-/150761092560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231a0fb5d0
  4. I've had this guy do various signs for me over the past few months and I just found this auction of his... http://www.ebay.com/itm/180786128141 Not sure if anybody would be interested in one but I figured I'd post here just in case. -Jeff
  5. Gotta say, you are starting it off right by planning this early. And having the family behind you will go a long way. Good luck, Jeff
  6. No, I wish... it was pure luck.
  7. Heh, it was pure luck! They received a pallet of Christmas items earlier in the week so I was just waiting. They sold 10,000 lights before they went 75% and I was starting to sweat a little. Wish they had some red and gold lights too but I'll take what I got and be happy. -Jeff
  8. Here's our haul from 6:10am on 12/31... -Jeff
  9. Finally uploaded more videos. They were all taken with our FujiFilm still camera this year due to my laziness. It's just so easy to point, shoot, and edit with this camera I can't justify getting the "good" camera out. Santa's Elves: http://www.vimeo.com/18330023 Music Box Dancer: http://www.vimeo.com/18330206 Frosty the Snowman: http://www.vimeo.com/18329936 Nutrocker: http://www.vimeo.com/17722988 Sandstorm: http://www.vimeo.com/17721900 Hot Chocolate: http://www.vimeo.com/17740942 A quick little walk-through of our display I made for someone who was interested in what goes on behind the scenes for a display: -Jeff
  10. That's great that it was saved.
  11. Any idea what happened to it? -Jeff
  12. Not sure why, but they rang up $3.50 each at my Lowes(maybe I got the wrong ones?). I asked and they said it was the correct price. I still got them because at $3.50 they are still a decent deal. Thanks OP for posting this. -Jeff [edit]Just checked and I indeed did buy the wrong ones... I bought some sort of 99% recycled plastic bin.
  13. Hit one of our Walmarts up this morning at 7:45am and they were at 50% off. I walked away with 87 boxes of mostly blue incandescents. I'm hoping they last more than one season but if not, I plan to turn them into blue/white arches. -Jeff
  14. Yeah, it's sad to see how little is left at our Lowes & HD. I know they are businesses, but I kind of got used to 50%-75% after Christmas sales.
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