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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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  • Birthday 01/18/1969

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  • Location
    Ridgecrest, California, USA
  • Biography
    Spend most of the year fixing what's under your feet or tires. From October on I get fixated on my Christmas display and getting in the mood.
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    Golf, cars, lights
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  • About my display
    Lots of lights...

    LOR controlled....

    They used to be static until I got a Mr. Christmas. From then on I have been ranking in the top three in my town for displays.
  1. I work my display pretty much the same as many others. I keep my controllers close to the display item it controls. I have four (4) foot concrete form stakes that I beat into the ground and bolt the controllers to each one. I then put thick black trashbags over the controller and zip the bottom around the cords.
  2. Paul, Why no C9 strings? I have a need to cover 150feet each with red and green and dont want to piece each string together using retofits...
  3. contact these guys: http://store.lightsmusicmagic.com/LED_c_265.html
  4. I made my trees out of tomato cages. When I cut the cages and shrunk the neck down to make the cage more tree like, I had about 12" of wire extra on the top then. I just cut the extra off and bend it into a "U" shape and use it to pin the tree to the ground. (Just a tent stake basiclly)
  5. Neighbors and co-workers..... Throught the spring till about Mid October I have my computer that has the show with me at work set up next to my work screen and computer. It's pretty well known that if it's slow then I'm working on Christmas sequences... Come around the first part of October my co-workers come by asking to see all my sequences. There is usually a bunch of boxes of lights in my office too. (the ones I will not be using at home come to work to be put up in my office and the office tree) Then theres my neighbors........ Lets not go there.
  6. I do something similar. To differentiate my files from other people’s sequences I do; CHASE_Amazing_Grace_2011_REV_1 As I make changes to the sequence I just change the revision number and keep the old file as reference.
  7. I have to admit that this video is what ignighted my fire for animated displays. I just had to have the Mr. Christas just to satisfy some sort of control. Took me many years to finally work up to LOR. By that time I had amassed a library of sequences and songs. Looking back at Carson's display compared to many others it seems tame. However, it still has warm spot in my heart and memories.
  8. This is a preview of my most recent completed sequence.
  9. It might be a couple of days for the weather to clear up so I can re-measure to see what I need. I won't forget about you.
  10. So what is left? I know you and I PM'd eachother a while back and I am still interested. Even more after the LOR sale i'm sure....
  11. Do you still have the c-9 red and blue? and would you sell part or just whole?
  12. This was my first year with arches in my display. I went with the sleeve method, 100 lights per segment, 7 segments per arch, tied the cords to the back of each arch, located the controller on the ground between each arch. Gota say that they were easy to build and now store. By far they were a huge hit in my town. Shortly after starting up my show I saw some people in my town trying to copy the arches (unsuccessfully). Part of this years list of things to do is build two more arches for the yard and the sequencing to go along with it. http://vimeo.com/17901092
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