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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. I haven’t been on here forever but am back looking for some new ideas for next year! Guess I’m a few months late on this reply but since I’m also local here in Hillsboro, figured I would chime in. Really Nice videos from this last season Paul and Darin! Will definitely have to stop by and check out both of your displays this year. Only about 7 months til the set up begins again! -Colin
  2. Has anyone purchased the LED waterfall lights from the LEDlightsite? They run about $181 for blue or white LEDs with an 8 function controller and are 16' feet long ...Has anyone had problems with them?
  3. Thanks...I was trying to find them at a lower price then what those companies sell them for because they usually mark them up a considerable amount (I found them somewhere online a year or two ago for about 1/3 of the price but cannot find the website again).
  4. Does anyone know where to purchase basic 2 channel and 4-channel controllers to do basic animation of wireframes? Most of the sites that sell wireframes sell them for 35-50 bucks a piece, but I know they are much cheaper and I don't want to pay 200% mark-up. The website I looked at earlier had them for 14-20 bucks each but they were sold out. Any ideas would be great, thanks!
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    Home Depot Leds

    I paid 8 bucks a box, got a few on sale when they did their 3 bucks off sale. Anyhow, I'm planning on giving it a shot trying to take them back. I found multiple other people with the same problem in other parts of the country trying to return them, and the address given for returns ends up being undeliverable. Since I shop frequently at my local HD, I would like to think they would honor a large portion of those lights and credit me out. Ends up being well over 200 bucks! Thank you all for your replies!
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    Home Depot Leds

    Was just going through about 75 sets of Home Depot LEDs (Home Accents Holiday) I purchased the last two years, and at least 30 sets either don't work at all, half the string is out, or the set is fading. I tried sending them to be returned since there is a 3-year warranty, and my letters and everything were returned undeliverable!! What to do now, am I simply out of luck if the local Home Depot manager won't help me out?? Since I haven't been on here in quite some time, wondering if this has been addressed already by someone on PC?
  7. I picked up a new (to me) Santa on a Harley, it is not flat, but custom made 3D that has mini lights on it already but the wheels are steady on. I want to make them animated like the ones on Christmasdonebright.com Anyone know an easy way to animate them? I thought of just getting a string of motion mini-lights, but I also thought I could use a two point controller as well....ideas?
  8. Fitz

    Any luck so far?

    Definitely going to head on out to the Grove this year and check out your display once you are up and running. Was able to get a few things up this weekend, feeling the time crunch!
  9. Fitz

    Any luck so far?

    Any Oregonians having luck so far with all this rain? Its been a wet start but I've been able to put up lights in the trees and on the house...looking forward to actually being able to drive around this year and look at everyone else's lights (unless of course it snows 16 inches again)! Here's to a good season for all of you!
  10. Just got an email and checked their website, Christmas Done Bright has free shipping this weekend.
  11. I would assume its just like other inflatables...but has one heck of a blower in the bottom!
  12. I did some investigating....the blower is actually at the base of the balloon, its fully contained, and there are tethers all over that thing...at least 6 or 8 of them from what I could see, and it looked like decent rope. The santa is the same one as LOWE's had last year in their little sleigh display...he inflates as well but has a hard plastic face. The basket is made out of plastic material, and is really pretty light.
  13. $149 bucks...not too bad considering the size of the thing, I honestly thought it would be more. I am toying with the idea of somehow making it fly!
  14. I just stopped by my local Home Depot and they had a 15-foot hot air balloon inflatable with Santa in it...it was impressive. Selling for $149 bucks, not too bad considering the rediculous size of this thing. Now I have to figure out where to put it, and if I have to notify the local airport!
  15. Ok...lots of people talking about the new Gemmy Lightshow with MP-3 capability, but does anyone know of any retailers selling them yet? There is also a Deluxe version w/ 12 outlets for up to 1800 watts... I'm not an LOR guy (yet) and would like to pick one of these units up for this year.
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