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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 dodgertrue

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  • Birthday 02/22/1957

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  • Location
    Visalia, California, USA
  • Biography
    My wife and I have always enjoyed Christmas. Since I found Planet Christmas it's the most wonderful time of the year everyday.
  • Interests
    Hobbies. Who has time for hobbies, I'm sequencing. I guess thats my hobby.
  • Occupation
    Sales
  • About my display
    We were just going to do 1 controller in 2008 but ended up with 2. We ended up adding a mega tree to the display. For 2009 we will have 5 controllers and 80% of the display will be LEDs.
  1. I have some CDI LED strobes I purchased 3 or 4 years ago. I did a search and see that preheating them for 10 seconds at 20% would put them into a random flash quicker. I've tried that and even went to 30 seconds preheating at 20% but it still take 10 seconds for them to begin flashing at random. I thought about upping it to 25 or 30% preheat but I don't really want to burn them out. Any great ideas guys? Thanks Greg
  2. I think your refering to he light keeper pro. You can find them at www.lightkeeperpro.com. Or Amazon has them for around $11.00. Or if you wait a couple of months Lowes will have them. Greg
  3. I agree that these are great covers. I've had mine for 2 years and they still look new. Just be sure to get them early because he sells out. Greg
  4. I used 3/4 pvc on my arches with 15" segments. I used 2 sets of 70 count LEDs and it's probably a little to much. I should have used 100 count. Greg
  5. If the fire works here are what you are looking for you can find them at 1866palmtree.com. http://www.lightazmic.com/2010_Videos.html Greg
  6. Thanks to everyone that responded. I have some good suggestions to work with. Greg
  7. Between this and what you went through last year I hope your Christmas display disasters are done. Greg
  8. I'm a copier. Mega tree, Z tree, chasing mini trees, shooting stars, fireworks display. None were my idea but all are in my show. Greg
  9. I'm planning on moving 3 controller to my roof next year and wanted to see how some of you do that. If you have pictures it would be great. Right now I was thinking about building a couple of frames out of 2X4s but thought there might be some better ideas. Its a tile roof if it makes a difference. Thanks, Greg
  10. I'm looking for information on a tree that a couple of the PC members have built that have 3 colors and 6 channels per color. The sequencing goes up and down the tree instead of around the tree. I thought that they were call a Z tree but my searches come up empy. What are they called and where can I get some information on how they built them? Merry Christmas Greg
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