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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 tistheseason

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    • Birthday 09/26/1966

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      Native Texan transplanted to Alabama!
    • Interests
      Professional Pyrotechnics, Automated Lights
    • Occupation
      Self Employed
    • About my display
      2007 - 1st Year LOR - 16ch, 2008 - LOR - 48ch!
    1. As promised, after numerous email and phone correspondance with both the distributor, Light Energy Designs, and the manufacturer, Holiday Creations(Diogen), I must share with this great community of Christmas light users that based on my experience with the Net Lights model NL-100, manufactured in 08/2009, and factory code AX, and the LACK of support and service and commitment to their products by the manufacturer and distributors, I should have never of recommended purchasing any of their products or services. Buyer BEWARE! I have kept this very professional with all parties, and no one
    2. I must post an update to the quality of the NET lights I recieved: These are put together with little Green ZIP ties... and they appear to be DRY Rotting and breaking! NOT GOOD! Please be advised about the NET lights. The LED and wire construction are FINE, and are of good quality...but the assembly of the NET is NOT going to hold up to their 3YR warranty! I will post an update once I have spoken to this VENDOR about the problem. I am really bummed... They really LOOK great, color and brightness wise. Mike
    3. Went LIVE last night around 8:30pm...with a couple of annoying goofs! I forgot I had a background sequence in my show for lighting the radio sign from last year. Well this year I used that same channel for the new strobes on the right side of my display. Needless to say, I was being STROBED constanly I kept thinking I forgot to clear out the channels in all the sequences that I reused for the Strobes...So, I went back and edited all the sequences, trying to find the problem...nope! Background sequence... Looks alot better now. Still in a massive state of sequence editing. This year I
    4. Just thought I would echo the great feedback on these companies... I ordered 36 strands of RED LEDs from Brian and they are outstanding. Great Price and Great Service. Thanks! Mike
    5. Just a quick update: I have now recieved my LED net lights from this company and have confirmed that they work well with LOR dimming and such. These lights carry the Holiday Creations brand logo and have a Three Year warranty. They are the sealed, non replacable type of LED. These appear to be a good buy(I hope). Cheers, Mike
    6. Hey everyone... I was in the market for some LED net lights... and found what I believe are some good quality LED Net lights and "Trunk" net lights. I sent an email to the sales manager asking for them to consider offering Planet Christmas members a coupon code/discount.... Here is their response: I did get you a coupon code for your members: 10% off orders of $50.00 or more, and the pass word is "planet". Have a great day! Peter Meredith Light Energy Designs You can redeem this coupon during checkout. Just enter the code in the box provided, and click on the redeem button.
    7. Ok...I have started! Today I completed the C9's on the Roof/Gutter. These are new this year. I added about 80, red C9's that are the dimmable Retro C9 LEDs from CDI. This year I am also doubling my channels from 32 to 64, so that I now have two colors on each of the items. Also added some strobes. I hear what you are saying about modifying your old sequences to add the new color....it is tough and tedious, but hopefully worth the effort. I also ordered a radio sign from www.holidaycoro.com and I have that completed too. I am replacing my older 4'x8' radio sign with the new smaller coro on
    8. Our Lights are up for 2009! Got them done Tuesday before Thanksgiving...all in one day, with the help of the kids. 3rd year...32 channels....3 new sequences.. about 36 minutes or so long. Merry Christmas
    9. Here is video I got of our lights last year in the snow! Merry Christmas! http://www.vimeo.com/2555121
    10. Hey tistheseason, I have a cabin on Cedar Creek, maybe I will be able to come by your display on my way to check on it this year. Merry Christmas.

    11. Mine too! Got Mine Up last Tuesday...Then a Vista Update took them out Friday sometime :giggle: ...then back up on Saturday Evening! Running now! Merry Christmas!
    12. Thanks for the support! I hope no came by tonight before 8:45pm....I just got home to find two controllers dead because of melting snow tripped the GFCI outlet....Luckly this only took the 16 minis and the radio sign, but now they are back up... Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers, Mike
    13. Yes...I got a late start...but, now I have edited most of my 2007 sequences and added the 16 mini trees. I still have not edited my intro...it is still the 2007 version. I have added a few new songs this year and removed a few. I think I still have 2 sequences without the mini trees. One new sequence is running that has about 95% of the mini tree sequencing added... Let me know what you think! Most of the sequences were downloaded off of lorsequences.com and modified. I have a few that I got from Bill or Holdman's...and modified to fit my channels. A lot of the mini tree sequencing
    14. Ok, Last weekend, on Saturday, I managed to get my outside lights up. I have 3 LOR controllers. Two were new this year. I added 16 mini trees made of flower easles and white LEDs from Sams. Each mini has 180 lights. They turned out great, I think. Now I am busy editing all my sequences from last year, and adding all the new channels. So, if you drive by, realize it is a work in progress this year. Here I am on Lonnie Dr. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=34.725089,-87.628348&spn=0.009347,0.019226&t=h&z=16 Cheers, Mike
    15. OUTSTANDING! Great work! We all know how much time and effort went into that.... Thanks for sharing... May we get an updated list of components of how you pulled off the custume? Cheers, Mike
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