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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.

Garrison

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About Garrison

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  • Birthday 08/01/1974

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    http://www.WestsideWonderland.com

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    Albuquerque, NM
  • Biography
    I am a Christmas Light enthusiast who wants to make my display as truly spectacular as can be.
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    CSS, Web Design, Action Figures and of course Christmas Lights!
  • Occupation
    Web Content Specialist
  • About my display
    2002-2009 Static
    2010 Venturing into the world of DIY
  1. Jas, I do not own either the Virtual Santa DVD or the projector that you purchased from Daryl. However I believe that the projector you purchased is actually the Ultra Projector which is sold here. On their site there is a download section which contains both the video converter tool as well as a basic user manual. It looks like once you convert the Santa Symphonies DVD to avi format you would then hook up your projector to the computer via USB then move the avi file over to the projector (like moving a file into a file folder). The videos will automatically loop and play in the order that they were placed. So if the Virtual Santa is already first in order on the projector, it will play first. If the Santa Symphonies is next then it will play following the Virtual Santa video. Hope this helps. Garrison
  2. According to the HD website. These C3s come in Blue, Green, Red, Warm White, and Multi. It also says that they are flicker-free, which would hopefully mean that they are full wave.
  3. I too would like to see how the Rainbow Floods would compare with the 5050 modules as I will be needing some RGB floods in my display and I'm weighing all my options.
  4. Those look great Bill! I too would like to know how you built them.
  5. Swanky indeed! I can totally see one of those hanging over my garage instead of the usual wreath.
  6. David you're killing me with all the stuff you keep coming up with for those 5050 Modules. You definately need to sell these as well! Those look awesome.
  7. In the description below the video Jon mentions that he used JB-Weld epoxy to adhere the board to the glass.
  8. I think these would be awesome for a Fourth of July display! You can use red, white and blue lights to channel between. No need to worry about snow accumulation during the summertime.
  9. If that's the case, then I'm sold on these! Oh, and Mike. Thanks for explaining how you accomplished this technique in laymans terms. That was extremely helpful! Garrison
  10. David, Do these instructions include how to go about using Doug's technique by an chance? Garrison
  11. He actually is using snap-n-glow letters mounted onto a frame made out of EMT conduit. You can see a better picture of it on this page (http://dhall.us/pictures.htm) I had asked him about his sign last year and he said that he just created a sequence that flashes between the two different messages. The thing I can't figure out is how the two messages are coordinated since it appears that some of the bulbs are used for both messages.
  12. I would definitely be interested in these as well. I would like to have a sign similar to what Digital Lights has that can flash between two messages using two channels. http://dhall.us/signlight.html (note: link only seems to work in IE)
  13. Paul, I just wanted to make sure I got this straight, all your lights are full-wave one piece construction Holiday Creations brand? If so then you definitely have my interest. Garrison
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