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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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  1. Crazy Christmas Displays wrote: You can purchase renters insurance but I don't think it would cover anything that is not directly assoicated with the house, such as Christmas Lights, but it is something worth checking out atleast.
  2. The best thing to do and it is a great investment to have and you can find them around $20 is a Kill-A-Watt. It will tell you the watts, amps, volts, it can give you hourly readings. Most boxes don't give the the amps and watts of the total string and they will vary a littlie bit depending on where you get them. It is not only nice for single strands, but to got the overall power draw from a certain element of your display.
  3. ChuckHutchings wrote: And achor it with concrete too uh....:laughing: I like it as well. I would do those and North Poles, I think they can co-exist hand in hand together. What about styrofoam for the hat and head?
  4. I know you said you really can't do Halloween. Just thought I would throw my vote in on what Holidays I do. Which is Halloween and Christmas. On Easter and July 4th I just put out Inflatables. I might not do Halloween this year because it is a lot to have on someones plate because you are going constant trying to get things staged and ready for the upcoming season. Once the Halloween comes down you have to turn around the same day or next day and start putting up the Christmas. I have a huge Halloween display and yard haunt so it is busy around here all year building new props for both seasons and trying to add something new for the visitors. Luckliy though some of the lights like my DMX stuff is already ran and the controllers are already out for the Halloween stuff. I just need to re-stage them for Christmas and change out the color of the light strings. While my Halloween diplay is indepth, it is nothing like my Christmas as far as set up goes. I run my Halloween from Oct 1st and it comes down first thing Nov 1st in the morning and if their is enough time after the halloween is stored away then we start putting the Christmas stuff up because it is already staged and ready to bring out that day or on Nov 2nd. As another one has mentioned you can only imagine how busy it is here on Halloween. So if you do a yard haunt or decorate for Halloween expect a lot of traffic. I took on more this year then last and I thought I had planned well for this past year and I didn't. I am going to have to think beyond what I did to handle the even larger crowds which is why I might take a break from Halloween in 2008 and tone it back that way I can hit it hard in 2009. So that is a tip for some if you do Halloween and Christmas back to back like that. Stage your display so that the turn around is faster and easier.
  5. Oh yea I know it would be expensive that is why I said if you could afford it. Look at it this way though. If you could re-do the entire tree with just LEDS instead of stating a fact of how many lights you have, you can say "Hey I have a $3500 mega tree" what you got....:laughing:
  6. If you could afford it go all LED for the tree. I think Blue LED look rather cool looking out of all the LED colors and they will last because they won't fade as fast as the regular blue minis. On The other hand it might look strange if the only LEDs you use on the tree are blue while the other colors are not LED.
  7. I am very interested in this as well. The hardest part for me is setting up the animation for my mega-tree to get an acutal look of what it will look like. One tip I can offer though and you will notice RJ did it as well. Change your rows to 100 and columns to 100. Gives you more room to work with. I think 100 is the highest you can go if I remember.
  8. David Balch wrote: Great point, I forgot all about C9s using SPT2 wire and it is used outdoors imagine that....:laughing:
  9. 256MB RAM and 500Mhz processor requirements for this software is a lot to ask for. It is asking for 1/4 of Gig of RAM which most people are running 256 or 512 unless you have upgraded your memory. How much RAM do you have and what is your processor speed? It might just be it doesn't like your comptuer for some reason. I know as fast and as much room I have to work with I get no problems out of most software but pinnicle studio will not run for anything. Just because you might meet the requirements you might just be meeting them. Normally they will give you min requirements, then they will give a recommended requirements.
  10. So you just remove the code to the link like I did, not a biggie.
  11. sawyer1206 wrote: 10' piece PVC 3/4" thick schd 40. The arch height depends on how wide you make the base. Most people use 5-7-9 section arches so you can have a section dead center and even amount falling on each side so you can get the full motion look and control.
  12. I have heard the are only illegal to use within 50 miles of an airport.
  13. If the search is working you can do a search for leaping arches and I am sure it will return a lot of results as their has been several topics the past couple of days.
  14. That's a good idea but those basketball bases are rather bulky and unattractive looking for a Mega Tree base. You shouldn't have to worry about much lighting during the winter from showers.
  15. Try this one.... http://www.justsayhi.com/bb/countdown
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