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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 03/18/1956

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Overhearing kids asking mom in a van out front of the house "Where are the bouncy lights?" When the arches came on in the next song..... PURE glee from the kids in that van. I just smiled and kept on shoveling the snow.
    • Location
      Warren, Michigan, USA
    • Biography
      10th Year with LOR, 256 channels
    • Interests
      Lights, lights, and more lights!!!!
    • Occupation
      Retired Navy
    • About my display
      256 channels, 2 Mega Trees, 6 Leaping Arches, 43,000 lights of which 90% are LED. (have to re-do my arches)

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    1. You did a lot of work on that sequence. The timings were there. It made it a lot easier to adapt parts of your sequence to make it fit my display. Thanks much Doug
    2. I shall do that. Thank you much! Doug
    3. Outstanding! Your timings and your builds seem to be right on. What would the chances be of you sharing your sequence? I wish to add the song in this years show. Doug
    4. If you cover connection with a coffee can...tupperware...whatever....you can always hide that with decorations like lighted gift boxes.... just sayin' Doug
    5. OK...decision made.... I am going to be selling off a majority of my lights and controllers. I have 2 mega trees that I can sell off as a whole unit. 48 strings of M5 LED 100 count strings, 20 foot pole, winch, base ring, weatherproof box for holding the 2 LOR PC controllers inside, and a 3D star topper frame. Leaping arches (6) with 3 LOR PC controllers. "Candy Cane" sign frames and about 10,000 incans (most new (never used) some only 1 season old. 2 (two) LOR Cosmic Color Floods. LOR 16 channel 30 amp controller with MP3. PM me with offers if interested. Dou
    6. House located at 29743 Wagner Drive in Warren, Michigan. Lights will be on till Jan 1st.
    7. Take a 16 inch piece of firring strip to make your stake. Run your connections to the stake and tape them up and over the stake with electrical connection at the top. Cover with empty, inverted plastic coffee can. Doug
    8. I have been using Glade Plug In's for years. Works for me.
    9. Might be a stuck triac on your controller. Try another channel.
    10. How did you know I had night vision goggles??!!!! If any of you have seen the movie "UP".... the dog's name was....Dug. He, and the rest of the dogs in the movie had a "thing" for squirrles. Doug
    11. Every year I have light string bitten through by squirrles and rabbits. This year only took 2 days before I had to repair LED light strings bitten clean through. Seems the squirrles think the rectifier (or whatever the "bobble" is) on the string looks like a nut. Aggrivating to say the least. Doug
    12. Decision made. This year took a lot out if me. This is my last year with the big display. 99 % of my stuff will be selling after New Years. Giving heads uo to those in SE Michigan if you wish to come by to see my display. Doug
    13. Well, time is coming..... Have had 3 angioplasties and stints installed over the years and now I am going in on Monday for a Triple bypass. I do not know what the future holds but I have been giving serious thought to winding down my display. IF that happens, I would have about a dozen controllers up for sale and some mega tree assemblies. Just wanted to give those in SE michigan some heads up on this as if it does happen...would happen in the next couple of months. We need to see what kind of restrictions I wil be under physically after the surgury. Will keep you posted.
    14. Where are you located?? I would be interested.
    15. I am using a common neutral on all my shrubs with LOR....no issues x 2 years. Doug
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