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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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      been active in displays since I was a kid
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      I live in Monroe Twp, Middlesex County, NJ. I will have for 2009 approx 20K lights, computer animated lighting sequences, and several animated (movers) cutouts which include: roof top waving Santa, teddy bear see/saw, waving large stuffed bear, mini merry-go-round, juggling snowman, Jack in the Box, dancing reindeer and a very large toy factory which has two elves that move and appear to be making toys, a 'conveyor' that has gifts which appear to move along and drop into a Santa bag, arches and lolly pops. There are several snowflakes on the roof with a Bethlehem Star. Several other items should include gum drops that frame the house and large snow balls suspended from the trees that have internal lights that change colors. And I now have choir peeps!

      Last year I earned First Place in the township decorating contest and have placed each of the last several years.

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    1. Date has been set for this year's mini, to be held in Dayton, NJ again. Last year was such a success with the venue, we booked the same site again. Here is the web site for more info and registration. Date is April 6th. Red Cup social Friday night as per normal. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/epicchristmas
    2. No guy wires and you're looking for a problem - just in case wind storm come in. PVC is not really all that strong
    3. I would like to thank Andrew and his family for once again hosting the event. Also thanking Steve, Jack, Dan and Ken for the thier fantastic presentations. Thank you also goes out to Chuck for helping with the organization. To all the vendors that contributed door prizes - many thanks for your continues support to the event and hobby in general. Please keep them in mind while purchasing goods and services. Thanks to Allison and Bobby for streaming some video. ( I have no idea how that came out, but hope it was somewhat successful) Last, thanks to all of the attendees for taking time to make
    4. And yet more thanks to additional vendors supporting the event: Gregg at http://winkelbottoms.com/ Chris at http://radiant-holidays.com/ LOR http://store.lightorama.com/index.html Once again, a big THANK YOU to all the vendors that have contributed. Please support them all as they have supported you!!!
    5. 132 Park Ave, Cinnaminson, NJ See post #5 for more details.
    6. Time is running out! Less than one week left for the Jersey event. If you're around on the east coast and want to get in on the fun and walk away a little better informed on new and old hardware / software, sign up today!!! Hope to see you all there!
    7. Like to thank the following for thier support of the event once again this year! Darryl at http://www.christmaslightshow.com/ And our own Dave at http://diychristmas.org/store/ Thanks guys.
    8. And yet another presenter has stepped up. We will have a short presentation on the 681 controller and how it will run different types of pixel nodes as well as DMX out to be able to run your other types of controllers!
    9. Not completly sure, Bill. I have had a roll for some time - no box. Not real thin. More like the painter's grade. It's not completely clear, but in no means not obaque either.
    10. Clear painter's plastic. Still can see out the window during the day. Works like a charm!
    11. Two weeks and counting!! Thanks to some of the vendors supporting us this year! Doug at http://www.wireframedlites.com/ Val at http://www.christmas-leds.com/Default_v3.aspx Greg at http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/ Jim at http://sandevices.com/ Kevin at http://www.thedementedelf.com/ Wayne J at http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?22450-SS-Renard-Kits-Now-Available-(current-6-8-13) Please support the vendors that support you!!
    12. Decided we aren't going to put a block on any rooms as we don't want to get caught if things chage (we would be responsible for charges). At this point, I suggest calling the hotel - no on line registration. If you tell them you are with the Jersey Epic. You may get a better rate. As of this morning there were still some rooms available. Unsure of rate as of today. Please call hotel directly 1-856-616-1200 and mention Jersey Epic. This will allow you to have a 2 night stay before tax of 84.99. Because of the busy weekend all other people are required a 4 night stay. They are only offer
    13. Registration is now open for this year’s EPIC to be held on June 22, 2013 in Cinnaminson, NJ. Registration is $30 and included light breakfast, lunch and Andy always throws something interesting on the grill later. Time looks to be around 9:30AM and typically goes till long after dark. Registration site: http://www.epic-christmas.com/ The event has been well received in the past and looks to be the same again this year. It is held outside in Andy’s back yard, rain or shine. We boast an extremely casual set up – most of the time is spent just BS’n. This year’s agenda: There i
    14. Time to ramp up this event! Host Andy has confirmed availabilty of his back yard and date is set -- Sat June 22 - 9am till the last person get kicked out. Hotels in the area are subject at best right now due to some lacross event in the area. If you find one, post it! Looking for a head count. A new web site is being set up for registration and should be up and running soon by or IT department. If you're a vendor and wish to donate a door prize, PM me. As for an agenda - pretty much open at this point. I know some attendees will be bringing along thier 68x controllers and pixels. I'm su
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