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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.

Ken W. Good

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  1. I cannot say enough nice things about the job that the planning committee did in putting together the Texas event. I was blown away by it. I did not want to leave on Saturday. Great job guys. Ken
  2. I am always willing to help people. Ken
  3. A couple of other really good family songs come from Shrek No. 1. The closing song is a good fast song. There is another song called Hallelujah which is another good slow song. You can see these two at: www.Christmasatthegoods.com/videocoop. Ken
  4. For music, I have two suggestions: 1. Little Wonders from the Meet the Robinsons Soundtrack. You can hear it at http://www.ChristmasAtTheGoods.com. (It is the first song that plays); 2. When You Say Nothing At All from the Nottinghill Soundtrack (It is the third song that plays on the same page); and 3. Come What May from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. These are all love songs. The first may not be appropriate for a wedding since it talks about moving forward. But it has a great section about the small moments that would be really good for a video. The second one is my favorite because it is so positive and the love that exists when no words are spoken. The third song is really powerful and says that they will always love each other come what may (but may seem a little ominous). It is very powerful and probably made the end of the movie. I am strongly considering using the first two in next years Christmas Display. We have so many couples that come I am considering usingseveral love songs this year. Ken
  5. crackchecker wrote: I did this my first year. I got so many complaints that I changed it after a couple of weeks. It ended up causing more of a traffic problem with people just waiting until the next show started. Ken
  6. Ken W. Good

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    Running lights on a generator is a very advanced feature. The generator has fluctuations in output and this can cause problems with burning out the equipment. I have seen this happen. I think it would be wise to be sure and use surge protectors on everything and I agree with the advice that you use for limited amounts of time and only on special occasions. Ken
  7. I love the Z Tree, but I wonder if the pvc would survive in your elements. My mega tree crashed and burned every year until i changed it to have a metal center pole instead of the pvc. Ken
  8. I love the Z Tree, but I wonder if the pvc would survive in your elements. My mega tree crashed and burned every year until i changed it to have a metal center pole instead of the pvc. Ken
  9. Please count me in on the bulk buy. I am planning to add a yard grid this year. In keeping with my theme, I want it to be able to be red, green, blue and clear. This will require a lot of new LED lights. Ken
  10. My neighbor has two small children (one in kindergarten and another younger). The kids came over today real serious and said they wanted to talk to me. It seems that they had been talking to their Dad about him doing an animated display. He said that he did not know how, so the kids had come over to ask me if I would teach their Dad how to do it so they could have an animated display too. Ken
  11. I wrap my trees in 3 colors. Before I start I zip tie one strand of each color together and I roll them up into a ball starting at the female end. The ball is easier to handle and after wrapping the tree once, you are done with all three colors. Ken
  12. I agree with Chris. Every year I try to outdo last year. It is crazy. Three years ago, I had 15,000 lights. Last year I had 30,000 lights. This year we are putting up 60,000 lights. My wife thinks I have gone crazy. I am starting to agree (because the little voices said agree). Ken
  13. I agree with Chuck. This is the reasong that some of the file sharing sites have been sued in the past because of this very argument. Ken
  14. http://www.soundofmagic.com/sounds/epcot/futureworld/ I think this link no longer works. Ken
  15. Here are some christmas themed videos: http://www.ChristmasAtTheGoods.com/videocoop Ken
  16. I really like the idea of draping lights from a center point to the corners of the ceiling. The more you have the better it would look. I think that this would look great with just a twinkle effect or dim or full strength. Ken
  17. Everyone has different tastes, likes and dislikes. What would be really cool to me may just be terrible to others. I think we all have to find what we individually like. If I like it, it does not matter what anyone else thinks. If I like a sequence, someone else can make fun of it all they want, I still like it. Ken
  18. I believe that there aretwo displays in Kansas City with more than 2400 channels. I think the Marriotthasover 2400 for just the building. Northfield Stapleton hasover 1100 lighting channels. These are Animated Ligting customers. Ken
  19. Annalisa, Have you considered just breaking the tree into four sections instead of eight? It would take fewer channels and give a little more volumn to each section (especially when red). Just a thought. Ken
  20. I saw the tree in person. It was amazing. Very creative. I cannot say enough nice things. Ken
  21. Jeff_Womack wrote: Minis. Ken
  22. I would order 2 cases of blue and 2 cases of red. Ken
  23. I agree with several other comments. Any color will work. Whatever you want to design into your display will be great. If it is blue, clear, red, green or multi. I agree that the effect is what blows everyone away. The chase effect is the key. So whatever color fits into the rest of your display is the one that you should use. Ken
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