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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. We've given out glow bracelets for several years. Anyone and everyone who comes to our house is welcome to one, parents included. As a matter of fact, there were a couple kids who told their parents that our house had to be the first stop. Since I can get the bracelets for about the same amount as what I would have spent on candy it's a win-win situation. Everyone gets a "cool" treat that they put right on, drivers can spot the trick or treaters very easily, and (so far) none of our Halloween decorations have been destroyed or stolen.
  2. This happened to me last year. Before you do anything else, try cleaning out dust and such. Excessive heat inside the pc can cause the looping, or at least it did in mine.
  3. Michelle, A site that helped me during my recovery is http://www.hystersisters.com/. There's a lot of very smart and compassionate women there who can answer any questions that might pop up.
  4. Jeff, you've got a PM. Just waiting to see the paypal info.
  5. 3,652,807 + 15,000 3,668,307 Just to bring this topic back to the top.
  6. That's a real problem around here. I haven't been able to find anything for a long time. We must be living in a blowmold desert, lol. Walmart didn't even have any of the animals to go with the nativity. The animals are something I wanted to fill out our nativity area. Good luck searching.
  7. Bill, the size of the fish may actually determine what to use. Rope lights can be difficult to use on sharp turns and may take quite a bit of cutting and splicing. Mini lights come in various lengths. When one mini burns out, you just replace the bulb. When a section of rope light goes out, you have to replace the whole thing. I don't know how your power situation is, but minis draw a whole lot less than rope. You may want to take that into account in your decision. Colors...Well, it's Christmas so how about red and green? You could have the head and tail green and when the fish is out of the water be red. Or a whole rainbow of fish colors. The sky's the limit. Whatever you use, it sounds like a really cool idea.
  8. Decorating for us is a family affair. I do the design, layout, and sequencing. Mike handles all the power and basicly makes the plan happen. We have everything on paper so whichever one of us has the time to work on the setup just has to refer to the plan.
  9. I didn't know that D-Light had a demo version. That might help someone making a decision. Both companies are great and have a good support group here on PC. It's a tough decision to make.
  10. What I did this year was to make a copy of each oflast year's sequences.Last year'sare now in a 05 folder. I then made a new musical sequence including all the new channels and such and a new animation screen. This became the templet for 06. (Export channel configuration in the drop down edit tab) When it was time to resequence, all I had to do was open the 06 copy, then import the 06 templet (edit >>> import channel configuration which bring up a new window with your templet choices >>> double click the one you want) LOR will then guide you through the rest of the set up. Make sure that you have a new name for the updated files, ie 07_Jingle Bells if you want to keep your origionals. Happy sequencing!
  11. I've been waiting for this someone else to start this topic. It's a tradition I've come to love here. Just how many lights are on thanks to PC? Here's how this works. Post the number of lights you have (in my case 17,000), add the number from the previous post (0 right now), then post the total (17,000). PlanetChristmas 2007 0 + 17,000 = 17,000
  12. Hobby Lobby sells the cords year round. I think they're about $3.
  13. Sorry to hear aboutyour display. Stay safe during the clean up.
  14. It should be easy to just set up a LOR show for the lights you want on after hours. Just figure out how long you want the lights on and make that the sequence length. Then set up a second show. Good luck.
  15. You stop putting out lights when it looks good to you. You stop buying lights when you're out of money.
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