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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 rdebolt

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  • Birthday 11/15/1961

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    Boise, Idaho, USA
  • Biography
    I was born in Canton Ohio. My family moved to Boise when I was seven months old and I have lived here since. I have twin boys born on Halloween in 1989. My beautiful wife and I are still waiting to see if we were tricked or treated! Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year.
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    Christmas, Fishing and Hunting
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    Owner Auto Repair Shop
  • About my display
    2007 was our second year sequencing the lights at our house in Boise Idaho. This year we have over 40,000 lights blinking to 170 channels. Next year over 320 channels and I already have the controllers!

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  1. rdebolt

    New Lamposts

    Very cool. They look great!
  2. I know what you are saying, but I have to say that just LOVE any Christmas lights. Such a wonderful time of year!
  3. Great point RAB. I think that we need to look at why we do this. Are we looking to please ourselves or everyone else. I love Christmas lights and Christmas period. Lest we forget what we are celebrating! The birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ!!!
  4. I agree with the flex strips, but in my opinion if you want it even the do not use the 90 degree connectors as that will not give the corners even lighting. Just wrap the strip around the corners. Just my one tenth of a cent worth.
  5. I have had a company call me each year for the last 6 years to see if I would like an estimate on putting up some Christmas lights. I tell them every year that I have no doubt that I have more inventory than they do and ask if they would like to buy some! I think that our hobby is growing quite a bit. I was the first in my area to go animated and now there are houses everywhere that are going blinky flashy. It is always slow on the forums this time of year!
  6. Cool video. Shows where our insurance dollars are going!
  7. I agree totally with Jerrymac. I used to be on PC daily, but made the jump to the DLA side. I will be totally Lnyx equipment this year, but it has been a learning curve and takes additional time to build the hardware. The DLA community is awesome though and can help with almost anything that you run into. I personally do not think that you can go wrong with any of the mentioned vendors. It all depends on what direction you are wanting to go.
  8. It was GREAT to meet you Darren! Thanks for the info on Madrix! Awesome presentation! Roger
  9. Thanks to Mark, Kevin and everyone involved on putting on another very successful Northwest CLAP meeting. Also thanks to Nancy Foley for allowing us to invade her home again for another year. It could not have been easy for her without Bill. He will always be with us. Great job guys on keeping his spirit alive and well!
  10. Nutcracker is free and is great in what it does, but as of yet it will only sequence RGB and is not a complete sequencing software. It will however export to almost all of the other sequncing softwares
  11. I've been using video in my display for a few years now, but this year I am working on a Wayne Kremer style wreath for my video. How do you render your video in a round format? I thought about just keeping it square, but I am afraid that too much light will bleed through the wreath. Any ideas? Thanks, Roger DeBolt
  12. Sounds like you had a great mini! I am sure that the information passed on is still being absorbed by those who attended. I am looking forward to next year! Roger DeBolt
  13. Welcome back Joe! This is also my first post in quite a while. Roger DeBolt
  14. rdebolt


    As long as the strings are not LED, yes you can cut them down to what ever number you like. I have some strings of 20 strobes and have had no issues at all.
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