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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.

    John Pfeiffer

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    About John Pfeiffer

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    • Birthday May 30

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    • Location
      Camas, Washington, USA
    • Biography
      First time at LOR. Pray for me!!!
    • Interests
      hunting, fishing, anything outdoors
    • Occupation
    • About my display
      Coming in 2009
    1. TSO just released a new album today, with five songs. Winter Palace and Dreams of Fireflies look to be good candidates for programming. All songs are available for download at Amazon MP3 for $.99 each.
    2. I have 500 red bulbs which are double dipped and I will sell them for $.08 each or $2.00 for a box of 25. Shipping would be whatever I could get in a flat rate box, depending upon quantity bought. John
    3. I use 16 segments each of red, green, and clear, with 2 strings per segment. A total of 32 strings of each color for a 20' tree. Then I wrap with 32 strings for my spiral.
    4. Be cautious of this "want-to-be vendor". He ripped me off for $411 a little over three years ago when he lived in Littleton NC. He has recently resurfaced and is looking for additional suckers. He sold me three controllers, but never deliver.
    5. Jacob...Are the C9's 3 or 5 LED lights?
    6. I still think it is the upstream controller not allowing the proper communication to reach the "suspect" controller. My flickering problems were not caused by the controller the arches were wired too; the problems occurred in the inputting controller.
    7. Sounds exactly like a problem I had last week. I found a bad RJ45 recepticle in one of my controllers. By using your hardware utility "refresh", it may tell you the problem controller. When all controllers are daisy chained together, push "refresh" and then check that each controller is listed. If you find a controller not listed, it could be the problem or the controller just "upstream" from it. Good Luck
    8. Fixed...It was a different controller with a faulty phone jack. Once repaired, everything worked fine. Thanks
    9. When I bring the controller into the house and run any existing sequence, the controller works fine. Putting the controller back outside and it fails to work. I feel there is a problem cat5 cable outside and will test the cables today.
    10. Yes...You have to do that when using the "hardware" feature to test the controller.
    11. I have one controller that will not work during a show. Testing it with the "hardware" feature and all channels work fine, but running a sequence and it will not react. I feel there is something wrong with the sequencing, but have not been able to pinpoint it. I have check all channels and there are no units or channels which are "doubled up". Any help would be appreciated; have never had a problem in the past, but added three controllers this year and one of them is the culprit.
    12. Hot melt glue gun, glue them right to the vinyl frame. Works great!
    13. Good price on spt-1 black at www.christmaslightshow.com.
    14. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we live with rain four out of five days during the winter time. I have never pulled the plug on my display except for one time, and then my across the street neighbor who just happened to be a GFCI engineer, showed me where the problem was. A quick fix and the display has never stopped because of rain since. Nice to have neighbors that are "in the know".
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