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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.

kmwiegand

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About kmwiegand

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  • Birthday 09/25/1976

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  • Location
    Ohio
  • Biography
    32 year old Civil Engineer.
  • Interests
    Reading, Christmas
  • Occupation
    Engineer
  • About my display
    Ours is currently a static display. Tons of lights though - over 3,000 in our big tree plus lights on bushes, in smaller trees, ect. Looking to do some switching to LED's and animated display.
  1. Twisted Sister has some good rock versions of christmas songs
  2. We use clamp lights for both halloween and christmas. The fixtures hold up well. We have not replaced one yet. We do have one that we just use a small regular bulb in at halloween and we have had to replace the bulb because it broke, but the fixture itself was fine. I think the problem is the weather is milder at Halloween, so if it rains once the bulb is heated up, the cold water can break the bulb. We haven't had any problems at christmas though (snow and ice and all).
  3. My thought is that it should run on 12-20 - because if the world ends on 12-21, no one will get to see the cool sequencing that was scheduled for 12-21! LOL!
  4. Really? How cool! What are your plans this year? I'm already starting to hang and decorate. At the rate I'm going I MIGHT be done by Thanksgiving!

  5. We are a static display - We love our timers! We bought some new digital ones this year that are easy to snyc - we also like the time / outlet combos that they have that have the timer and 6 outlets on a stake - you can run one extension cord to it and then use shorter cords to the lights!
  6. I would love to find some purple flood lights. As for the lamp post - we got a new lamp post this year cause DH set the old one on fire last year with the christmas lights! (ok, to be fair, he had only plugged in one strand to test it and usually there are 60 or so strands on it, but still, flames shot into the air!) and it takes 3 candelabra bulbs instead of one regular bulb. So we bought flicker bulbs for halloween (the ones that look like candles) and they look so cool and spooky. We used to just put in a purple bulb (with a green or red one for christmas). I did see CFL's in different colors (they were called party bulbs and came in blue, red, green, yellow, orange, ect) at both WalMart and Mernards.
  7. If you guys are all going to get together, I would love to join you if I can. I currently have a static display, but I am looking to animate next year, so some pointers would be nice.
  8. Hey Crazy - I am in Mansfield too!

  9. Philip, When I win the megamillions I will have plenty of time and money on my hands! I'll be able to devote my full attention to christmas decor and sequencing. It can be my new "full time job!"
  10. WooHoo! 3824 Channels! I can go crazy! :121_reindeer: LOL You're right - I don't think I'd ever need that many! Thanks everyone for all the info!
  11. RJ - So if I were to start with premade LOR controllers and software like LightShowPro, LORII, or Vixen - in the future if I want to expand channels and make my own controllers, I can expand with the DIY ones? It sounds like the main limiting factor in how many channels I can have is the software, correct? Not the hardware (controllers)? Thanks for everyone's input - it is all so helpful!
  12. Wow - I appreciate everyone's help. I have been leaning toward LOR mainly due to fact that so many people use it. I really want to do my own sequencing - that is my big draw right now, but I may want to get into controller building in the future. If I start with LOR, can I expand with diy controllers, or do I have to stick to LOR? And is it the software that controls the total number of channels I can have, or is the controllers?I want to start with 16 or 32 channels, but I like the idea of expanding to 128 or more channels as I get more proficient and have the money to expand.
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