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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Please read my story on MakingSpiritsBright.weebly.com
  • Location
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    I had a static display for many years. I bought all of the equipment to computerize and boooooom, I have had nothing, nada for the past two years.....an addition on my house by the contractors has turned things sideways....literally!!! Look out 2010....the Lord willing....I am buying stock in the electric power company!
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    Christmas Displays
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  • About my display
    Boooohoooo....I have not had a light outside for two years....I guess the porch light does not count....HAHAHA

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  1. It looks wonderful. Would like to know more about the motor and linkage.... thanks a lot. Sincerely, Bill
  2. Thank you for the information. I reallly appreciate it. I am now reading about the residential power conditioners....they make sense.....
  3. Thanks for the responce.... 1. I use a spread sheet. I am running well under 25% of the total capacity. 2. 200 A 3. Each of my lines are single dedicated lines. 4. Vert balanced. The issue began when I was sequencing and there was not any controllers connected to the computer. The light bulb on the desk began to beat to the bass sound of the sequence. I thought maybe the filament was "weak" so I changed the bulb. This did not solve the issue. I remember as a teenager when I put a booster on my car sound system there was interference of the engine. I had to buy a resistor.
  4. This year I began using LOR to sequence instead of Aurora. Here is the situation. There is a lamp next to my computer. As I was creating a sequence I noticed when I played it back the lamp (the light bulb is turned on) which is not connected to a controller was dimming to the beat of the music (maybe to the bass sound). I tested this several times various times of the day with several sounds and this problem continued. As my show has been running this season I have noticed this phenomena with certain lights in my home. There must be some type of interferance......but I have no idea....the amperage that I am using on the display is significantly lower than needed.....if anyone has any idea.....do I need to buy some type of resistor and plug it between the outlet and the computer? Again I would appreciate any ideas....thanks alot Sincerely Bill
  5. I need C7 incandescent strings and or bulbs. If anyone has any for sale let me know. Thanks a lot
  6. Hello Light Up Ohio Christmas Enthusiasts, I'm sure many of you are in the middle of trials and tribulations as you are busy creating your 2011 Christmas Displays. The LUO planning commitee thought what a perfect time to capture these needs for the 2012 LUO event since they are clear un your mind. We realize that meeting up with old friends and making new one's is a big part of the event. We also want to be sure that we meet our participant's educational desires. We ask that you take a few moments of your time to answer these questions that will help us know how to plan the event. Any ideas, suggestions, reccommendations are always welcome. Please answer the questions in the body of the text. If you would like to send these answers privately then please email them to [email protected] Again thanks a lot Sincerely, Bill LUO Friday Evening "Meet and Greet" 1. Have you ever attended the Meet and Greet? If the answer is "Yes" please proceed to question 2. If the answer is "no" Please answer the question "What prevents you from attending? What would need to change in order for you to attend? 2. How many times have you attended the Meet and Greet on Friday Evening? 3. Would you prefer a restaurant, party house, or private home for the Meet and Greet? 4. What do you like about the current Meet and Greet format? 5. What do you dislike about the current format? 6. How do you think this event could be improved? Please give examples. 7. Do you plan on attending the 2012 LUO Meet and Greet? Light UP OHIO Seminar Questions 1. What specfic topics do you want covered at LUO? Do you know anyone that would be interested in presenting? 2. Please rank in order to which you prefer to learn from the most desired method to the least desired? (a) Hands on ( Lecture © Group discussion/round table 3. Would you be interested in a intensive theme based all or partial day seminar for example: LOR sequencing or a combination of one hour topics and 2,3,4 hour topics? If so what topics do you reccommend? Please be specific. 4. What did you like most about the event? 5. What did you like least about the event? 6. How do you think this event could be improved? 7. Are there any other comments or suggestions you would like to make? 8. Overall, how would you describe your experience to the event? (a) Poor ( Fair © Good (d) Very good (e) Excellent OTHER RELATED QUESTIONS 9. This event only charges enough money to cover its costs. Last year the fee was $30.00 per person. Did you think this was too low, reasonable or too high? What would you be willing to pay? Based on the event we had last year what price range would you be willing to spend this year? (a) $30.00 and under ( $30.00-$40.00 © $40.00 - $50.00 10. How soon can you make a commitment to attend the 2012 event? Reserving a facility requires a fairly accurate count of those who will attend. (a) 2 Months ( 3 months © 4 months (d) 5 months (e) 6 months? 11. How did you hear about the LUO event? (a) Internet/Please state website ( Friends/family © Other (explain) 12. What is your state and county of residence? 13. Will you stay overnight in the area on this trip? If the answer is "yes" Type of overnight accommodations? (a) motel/hotel ( friend/relative © Campground (d) Other_______________ 14. In order to increase attendence how might we get the word out about the event?
  7. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thanks to Scott Lindsey for all of the hard work you have put in over the years and proving the facility to host the event. It has been wonderful. Thanks Bill Hoffman for allllllllllllllll of the hard work, time, money and commitment and promotion of the event. Thanks Jeff Phillips....for all of your hard work.....I don't think I saw you stop working yesterday. I wanted to say thanks to Jon and his wife for sponcoring and providing the facility for the Meet and Greet. Also for cleaning up...and being so gracious. I don't want to forget the presenters Terry Powers, Joe Erleijec (poor spelling of last name sorry), Greg Jones, Valerie, ....and others that I forgot to mention by name for spending your time to prepare and present. Every time someone presents I learn that I know even less......A special thanks to Winklebottoms for the wonderful lunch...and to all of the others that are behind the scene that make this even't happen....again I want to say thanks.
  8. Matt, Thank you for the information. That has been my struggle with this company....Have a good day.
  9. I am considering purchasing an LED Scrolling sign (as a tune into sign) from ILDUNGMALL. Does anyone have any feedback related to buying something with this company? If so what has been your experience? Thanks
  10. Jeremy I need 100 count red, clear, green, and blue.
  11. I have a project that is requiring more, more, more, mini lights. Does anyone have a significant amount for sale?
  12. Anything Gregg Jones cooks is wonderful....His pulled pork is great. And as many of the others have said brats, burgers, and hot dogs would be fine....
  13. bstepp1

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    Peggy and I had a wonderful time. Thanks again Bill H., Scott, Jeff P. for all of the hard work. Thanks also to all of the presenters. The Meet and Greet Friday night was great and LUO was a lot of fun spending time with others that love Christmas lights.... Bill
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