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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 spugh77

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  • Birthday 02/12/1977

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  • Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Biography
    2nd year with LOR and automated displays
  • Interests
    Techie Geek
  • Occupation
    IT Consultant
  • About my display
    Trying to convert to LED lights where possible with somewhere 192 channels of LOR.
  1. Do you still have the transmittersvand antenna? Thanks, Steve
  2. Spirit Halloween has them as well for the same price, if anyone else is looking. It'd be cool to have it for my display, but I'd want it to only be inflated during the Ghostbusters Theme Song. If I could find a way to rapidly infate and delate these items, I'd probably use a few I bought for that pupose in my Christmas display during certain songs (Rudolph, the Grinch, etc.), as well.
  3. I'd love a copy of that sequence. Just bought the singing monster quartet from HolidayCoro, so hoping I would be able to adapt the Phantom of the Opera sequance for the skull. Thanks, Steve
  4. Hi guys, If anyone took advantage of the LOR mini-sale last week and bought more than they need or is having buyer's remorse (translation: the wife is threatening bodily harm), I'd be willing to take a couple of sets off your hands for a small premium over what you paid for them. Thanks, Steve
  5. Afraid I was guilty of thinking I was the victim of vandals a couple of years ago. About a third of the lights under my megatree were cut. Wasn't until i went back out to take the tree down and a bunny bolted from under the tree and skeert the bejeezus outta me. I finally put 2 and 2 together and realized the furry lil [email protected] were the vandals in question. >;-)
  6. Are you sure about this? I was in there yesterday and there were signs for 20% off Christmas CLEARANCE items that were priced with yellow stickers. The vast majority of Christmas items were still full price.
  7. Can't seem to find the original for sale thread, but someone was selling a very cool "fountain" display of a lot of Bellagio poles and sequences. I was very interested in buying it, but my yard is so sloped that I wouldn't be able to set it up. The seller posted that someone in TN bought it, so was wondering if anyone knew where it ended up. Anyone have any ideas? If it's in Middle TN, I'd lov eot come see it in action. Steve
  8. I'd try compressed air as a first pass, then followed by something to break up the clots that won't damage the board like a toothpick. Compressed air again. Then I'd probably try q-tips and alcohol. Just my ideas. Steve
  9. spugh77

    It works!!

    twopugh, are we related?!? lol
  10. Yeah, they have one set up here in Nashville this year for the first time as well. From what I hear it's $35/carload to get in to see it. Pretty danged pricey. Just gotta figure out how to charge to see mine now, lol. Maybe a 30' tall curtain around the front of my property that slides back when you feed $5 bills into a machine on the sidewalk, like a Christmas light peepshow, haha.
  11. Thanks Rodder. The SN looks familiar. I think I exchanged messages with him last year too. Thanks for finding the info for me. Steve
  12. Yep, just snip the wires after the last socket. I would dip the end in liquid electrical tape if you have it or put a female plug on the end if you want to plug something in on that channel. Traditional C7 and C9 stringers are the only ones you can cut, can only split incandescent minis at (usually) 50 light intervals, some rope light at specific intervals, and nowhere on LED strings (I mean fixed bulb strings, not traditional strings with retrofit LED bulbs). Hope that helps, Steve
  13. Hi All, I need about 32 strings of LED minis in Green for my mega tree. 100 ct. 4" spacing, 33' length. Just wondering if someone might have ordered these during the pre-sale and ended up not needing all of their order. Thanks, Steve
  14. Hey Guys, I saw a display in Christiana last year that had an FM transmitter with an incredible range. I know I exchanged an email with the owner to ask what kind it was, but for the life of me can't find it. Anyone know the one I am talking about? Thanks, Steve
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