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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.

Christmas in the Sun

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About Christmas in the Sun

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  • Birthday 06/30/1973

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    Redlands, California, USA
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    Anything that a kid would enjoy
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    Geologist

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  1. So much for my moniker of Christmas in the Sun. Supposed to get exciting in So Cal also. Good Luck
  2. Checkin in from sunny southern California currently 97 with a high of 102 today. A couple of days ago is was kinda raining and about 70. I stress the kinda - a whopping .04 inches at my house. We could use some fall-like weather
  3. Last year during the after Christmas sales I wasn't watching and bought just 3 strings of white wire multi colored, but didn't notice until this year when I went to put them on my mini trees. Since I wasn't going to pay "extra" before Christmas I went ahead and put them up anyway. The problem that I found is that in my animated display that even when they were off you could see the wire. The green wire blends in when other features in the display are on but the white wires still kinda stood out. The opposite is true during the day. As I checked out the display from the curb the green stands out and the white kinda blended in with the fading grass. I decided to take them off the mini trees and next year I will put them around my windows which have white frames. Greg
  4. During planning I went through alot of videos from several of you here on the board and watched for different things at different times. Early in the planning I was looking for elements to add (didn't even know what a mega tree or mini tree was). Once I had some elements that I thought worked for me I started to put sequences together. Then I realized why I saw some posts about help with sequencing! As the season drew near things steamrolled and the "planning" kinda got thrown out in place of the get it ready. As I sat down to write my original post I started looking at everyones videos again and thats when it hit me that the displays that I really enjoyed don't necessarily hit every beat. Some big ones but overall the music is "background" for the light show! Now the idea of dark space I have looked at the videos again, and surprise, surprise dark space. I am planning to build a little something that I can hook up the controller during sequencing so I can "see" what I'm doing throughout the year. All of this to say - THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR VIDEOS!
  5. For me, the biggest thing to learn is exactly what Gary and Snow just pointed out. Not every element needs to be part of every song. Although with just 16 channels I have a overwhelming urge to get the most out of every second. This year I focused on getting the songs sequenced but now that I have seen them "live" I can see where changes are warranted and focus on just those parts. I plan to have the same song set (maybe with a few additions) next year so I can focus on the "polish" so it will shine. On a side note I did discuss with the neighbors my plans and they were ok. Even got one of them who did do too much last year to expand. However, at least this year they had nothing to be concerned with Greg
  6. Hello community! I am a newbie this year to the computerized light world. I found PC last Christmas and was completely stunned. Over the past year I have been reading PC blogs and visiting the members web sites relentlessly and watching many YouTube videos of the great displays. I purchased a 16 channel LOR controller during the summer sale and dutifully began to sequence. For 5 months I worked on 4 songs and a Cartman singing clip and planned and at the beginning of December I put up my display. That first night I stood back and powered up waiting for my jaw to drop. I was impressed by the technology of it all but the overall wow factor was missing. I am not disappointed but, to me it was evident that this was my first attempt at more lights than just around the eave and some light up polar bears in the yard. So after the rush of the holiday I have been thinking about what I learned this year and thought I would share and maybe learn some more from the people who do have the WOW displays. 1. Blinking lights and music do NOT make a display all alone. 2. Sequencing well takes time and a musical ear that one must learn. I averaged one song per month and once they got off the computer screen and into the yard, what I thought looked good needed work. 3. I
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