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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.
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Bwesp

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About Bwesp

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  • Birthday 12/19/1989

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    http://lightsondickensst.weebly.com/

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  • Location
    Erie colorado
  • Biography
    i've been decorating since i was six wasn't much but now i'm 18 and have a descent display
  • Interests
    some of my hobbies are snowboarding, biking and holiday decorating
  • Occupation
    student
  • About my display
    my display has 20,000 lights and 8 innflatables with many other yard displays.
  1. This is not the same set from the movie the ones in the movie has bigger antlers and the sleigh is green. I do have the one in the link it's an awsome set. I would also like to know who made the one in the movie.
  2. I was the same way thinking it was to expensive. Then I started researching and found other controllers out there that dont cost much but are a little bit more time consuming to get a set up but alot cheaper. I ended up getting 5 renard ss24 controllers controlled by light show pro you can also use vixen as well to program your show. True it's not as plug and play as a light o rama set up but still doable for most people. There also is not a company to offer you great costumer service but there are forms out there with pepple who can answer your questions and help you through most problems that you might encounter.
  3. Some family friends have put a baby gate around there tree and that worked I also have seen peaple make temperary fence out of the 3 foot picket fence panels you can get from home and provement stores and alturnated the panels with clear panels so the kids still could see the tree.
  4. We usually light up the last friday of November or first friday in December depending which is the closes to Dec 1st. The rest of you should look at 2013 as a built in energy savings after the extra energy used this years early turn on.
  5. I don't know If these are what you are looking for and they come out to 10 cents each. http://www.noveltylights.com/Mini-adhesive-Clip-for-Mini-Lights-39095.html
  6. I would say pick your self up a kill-o-watt meter which will let split your loads across different outlets. Personaly having the meter really helped because I kept frying timers and outlets but since getting the meter I have no problem cause I make sure I'm not overloading anything.
  7. I use a spread sheet to manage my controllers so I know I'm not going to over load any of my channels. As far as planning the layout I mainly plan where the computerized elements will be since my display is still mostly static. Than I plan out where the big pieces will go such as santa's house and 12ft inflatables. I acomplish this by just spending time walking around my yard visualizing where everything will go. At set up is when I figure out where all my smaller pieces will go by fillking in the empty spots. As far as inventory goes I group like strings together such as red is seperated from clear and leds from non leds and so on. I than drop a piece of c arboard on top with the number of strings in the box. I then enter the number of strings in a spread sheet. I have done the same thing for my yard elements except I also took pictures of every element so if something ever happens to where they get destroyed I have a invetory of what I lost. I also keep track of the light count on each element so I can give an accurate light count. I hope this helps some what.
  8. I think this song sums it up for you guys in Florida http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vilhSd83S9Q
  9. I'm thinking of doing a simular thing next year when I'm planing on switching to retro fit c7s.I just dont know how I would attach them so How are you planning on attaching the strips to your roof. If you dont mind me asking.
  10. You might try mcguckins hardware in boulder. I know they have led retro fit c7 and c9 bulbs so the might have m5s but I wasn't looking that close. Just an Fyi there prices are usually on the higher side.
  11. I made mine out of pallets that I found for free on craigs list and it works very well.
  12. My HOA has the same rule but I'm one of the lucky ones cause I usually start decorating around November 1st or when ever Halloween is done coming down. I have yet to get a complaint but I do start with the least visable light such as bushes trees and 2nd story roof outline. Than when it gets within a couple of days of the 30 day window than I start the more visable stuff like icicles leaping arches and mega tree. Then 4 to 5 days before lights go on I put up all the inflatables and wire frames so less time for them to get messed with. I do realize that I'm fortunate that my HOA don't harrass me.
  13. depending on how new your strings are the rule of three might be out of date I bought alot of lights this year and most said I could hook 5 to 8 in a row but as far as powering them all up I just have a power cord at the bottom than I run a extension cord up the trunk with a 3 way tap on the end and that woked for me.
  14. ya I still have them and I'm still looking to get rid of them so just PM me to set up a time to come and get them.
  15. or if you are very computer savie than you can create your own plug in for vixen
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