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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.

    RAB

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      My favorite Christmas story? Well of course it is the birth of Christ. But I also love The Polar Express and The Muppet's Christmas Story.
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      Cottonwood Heights, Utah
    • Biography
      Country boy now living in the city.
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      Christmas lighting.
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      Engineer
    • About my display
      Our sseventh year of animation and this year we will be up to 128 channels.

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    1. Looking for some sequences for LOR to fit the Greatest Showman, specifically "This is Me". I'd like to keep the lights up until after the new year for a couple of weeks and want to do some tunes that are still inspiring but don't want to burn out the Christmas theme. Anyone have some leads where to find some sequences so I won't have to start from scratch?
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      Nativity set

      yea, it's a weird scenario. I have thought about doing a sequence in between the other tunes where the Nativity would be illuminated without music for a few minutes and then turn it off while the other sequences fire. I guess I want someone else to try it before me. haha. A fine line between offering respect and humility and celebrating the reason for the season.
    3. RAB

      Nativity set

      We found a full blow mold Nativity set on KSL.com in St George last year and put in in our scaled back display. Wisemen, donkeys, sheep, everything. I was thrilled. Drove all the way from Salt Lake City for a weekend stay just to pick it up. I had always wanted a nativity and one year I made one out of cut-outs applied to plywood which failed so I was thrilled to have a blow mold set. This year (after encouragement from our neighbors) we went back to the full LOR display. But after all of the flashing lights and jazzy sequencing, I couldn't fit the Nativity in to the display. I don't mean
    4. Fantastic. Where can I get a copy of the sequence? Not expecting it for free. Also does anyone have a sequence to "This Is Me"?
    5. I am a frequent visitor to Hamilton from Salt Lake City, Utah. I am headed up there for the week of Dec 17, 2018, and would love to drive by some big displays. ANyone care to share in this forum the good places to go. Either commercial or private. I prefer private because I can relate better but being away from home the week before Christmas is depressing and I need a little Planet Christmas hominess. Feel free to PM me or post here if comfortable.
    6. Chuck, Long time fan of Planet Christmas here but since the change of forum format a little over a year ago I am lost. (Plus or minus the time of the change of format) I have really lost interest because I am having a hard time navigating. Any advice on where to get a tutorial of the new layout? I love the service that PC offers the lighting community, I might be too old to adapt to the changes however.
    7. Thanks for you reply Scott. If your CAT-5 cable was bad, how did you know? I would think that stuff would be fairly bulletproof but that might be my problem. I'd hate to replace it as it is ~200 LF and snaking thru my house to get out to the controller in question. But if that's what the issue is I'll do it. In fact if that is what the issue is I may look into a light linker.
    8. I am running seven LOR controllers this year and one of them has a flashing red light inside instead of the green steady light. This is my fifth year using LOR and was hoping to turn on by December 1. Any help is appreciated.
    9. I started too late, shooting for Dec 1 lights on. We sat out last year because we had a neighbor complain about the traffic. This summer she came over and apologized but I was still skeptical. After discussing this in house we decided to do it and began mid october. Still, have to put out the controllers but most of the lights are up.
    10. What Dave said and then some! This is such a huge deal thtat new home owners miss all the time. (Me as well) Builders should offer this even as a an extra cost.
    11. I'd say you did a pretty good job at the video. More important the display and sequencing look GREAT!
    12. Home Depot had sets of mini LED's green for $11 for 100 and if you brought in an old set of anything (leds, incans, working or not) they knock three dollars off. However the greens went fast, I bought 20 sets and went bak to my storew and they were gone. Went to another location and they had enough for 20 more. The seem to be decent quality and are bright.
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