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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 Scrubs63

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  • Birthday 03/17/1963

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    Greenville, Rhode Island, USA
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    Offical LOR user
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    Model Trains
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  • About my display
    I'm using 96 channels of LOR for 2009. I started with 32 channels in 2008. This year I am adding 5-seven channel arches, 6-six foot white trees, 4-four foot trees, 3-reindeer and lots of strobe lights to my exsiting display.

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  1. Hi All, Well with 2008 being my "NEWBIE" year, I thought I would post this to help the 2009 Newbie's get an idea of how to set up your LOR Controllers. I did get the bug and listened to all the feedback from all you fine folks here at PC and I have expanded my 32 Channels to 96 for 2009. LOL I ordered my New Controllers Mon., the first day of the sale, and received them Weds. I was in the garage all day yesterday working on my new setup for 2009. I have 5 Controllers up and mounted and plan to buy my sixth one before the sale is over. I attached a photo of my Controller Setup from 2008 for 32 channels and the new one for 96 for 2009. (Notice the empty space to the left of the #5 controller, that's were #6 will go for a total of 96 channels) It was really an easy install, just mount the 3/4" plywood with 2 1/2 drywall screws (make sure you screw into the studs), measure the spaceing for the Controllers and screw them in place with the same drywall screws. My electrican did all the wireing for me last year so I don't have to upgrade that. Thank God! $$$$$ lol Today I plan to work on my 5 leaping aches I am adding to my 2009 display. They will have 7 channels per arch. I am gonna be posting a how to on that as soon as I get one finished. Well I hope this post helps some of you "Newbies" and our more senior members with setting up your LOR controllers. If you have any questions, please ask. I will be glad to answer them. Good Luck with all your projects for your 2009 displays. Scrubs63 Again Thanks, Scrubs63
  2. Hi Brian, Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate it! I still have some tweeking to do to the arch sequences. This is my second year with LOR and the first with Leaping Arches. I really think they are so cool. I started LOR with 32 channels last year (I still consider myself a NEWBIE)! I'm adding 64 more channels for a total of 96 for 2009. I will keep you posted on the progress of the sequences. Again Thank You! Wes
  3. Hi tlangley2000, Thanks for the feedback. This will be the first year I will include leaping arches in my display. I think they are such a cool element to have. Scrubs63
  4. Thanks John, I thought I would mix things up this year and add some non-Christmas sequences to my show. I'm glad you liked em and thanks for the feedback. Scrubs63/Wes
  5. Thanks Ryan, I thought I would mix things up this year and add some non-Christmas sequences to my show. I'm glad you liked em and thanks for the feedback. Scrubs63/Wes
  6. Hi All, Here are 3 new unfinished sequences I have been working on for my 2009 show. I added 5 leaping arches to my display for 2009 and have been working on the arches part in the sequences more than the filler. I can't take credit for the Arches sequences in "Standing In Motion". I tried to copy Brian Mitchell's sequences as close as possible. He's sequence to that song is the bomb! Thanks Brian for the inspiration! Would love to hear feed back from you all, let me know what you think. Scrubs63
  7. Hi All, Here's another NEWBIE video of my show. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards In Winter. Just click on the link below. Check it out and let me know what you think. Merry Christmas! Scrubs63/Wes
  8. Thanks Dave, I started working on my sequenceing in Jan. 08 with the LOR demo version. I just bought a new Sony DCR-SR220 camcorder and still learning the settings. I recorded those vids you saw in SP (Standard Play) which came out grainy. I have since learned that HQ ( high quaility) is the setting I should have filmed em. I will be reposting them on YouTube in HQ soon. Glad you enjoyed em and Merry Christmas. Scrubs63 aka Wes
  9. Hi All, Here's a few more videos. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! Scrubs63/Wes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzwWs49Pb50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsVeaojso10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I00Y1AwtrN0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je8UV0q7IYc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbAfBqgKGF4
  10. Hi All, Here's a few more Sequences from my Light O Rama Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular!!LOL . 1. The THX Sony Digital feat. The Robot. 2 & 3-Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wish List and Queen of Winter Night. Just click on the links below to view them. Feedback is most appreciated by this "Newbie". Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS! Scrubs63/Wes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-_rUvBk7Z0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlrCqJZKWvg
  11. Hi All Here's my first full length video as a NEWBIE!! We Are Santa's Elves. Check it out and let me know what you think. I will post more videos as soon as I learn more about my new camcorder lol! Enjoy! Scrubs63
  12. Hi All, Heres a link to my test for my show. sorry about the quaility. Scrubs63
  13. Hi Everyone, Tonight was the first time I ran my show. OH MY GOD!!! Words can not express the feeling I had when the lights and music started!! I have been watching it for 2 hours now in 30 degree weather LOL. I started it at 7pm and will end at 10pm. It's on the last hour now. I have 20 songs in the show. I still have an adrenelin rush! I just want to thank all the fine folks here on PlanetChristmas who helped me with all my questions and for all the ideas from mini trees to sequenceing since Jan. You guys Rock! I hope to put some vids on Youtube soon. Thanks again. Sorry for cutting it short, but I want to go back out in the yard and watch the last show lol. Scrubs63 aka Wes
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