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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 DSchwechel

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  • Birthday 08/09/1959

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    THE Christmas story from Scripture
  • Location
    Iowa Falls, IA
  • Biography
    Bi-vocational pastor / computer guy
  • Interests
    Christmas lights and operations on tourist railroad
  • Occupation
    Pastor / Computer Tech Support
  • About my display
    LOR 64 channels + 48 RGB + 2400 E1.31

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  1. Thinking about adding RGB floodlights to this year's show. My question is: virtually all of the videos I've found (and like what you have done by the way) shows the floods on the house but usually doesn't show any snow. I live in Iowa - we have winter! Are rgb floodlights valid choice considering the weather or would I be best to consider alternative such as using coro props spread out over the approximate same area? (I know not really comparing apples to oranges but just looking for best way to incorporate dumb rgb color washes) Thanks for your advice.
  2. What are you looking for? How many channels? I may have some or look for "Christmas at the Goods" http://www.christmasatthegoods.com/sequences/Sequences/Home.html With an update it works for me in Win7
  3. Considering adding RGB Floods to the display as wall wash for ranch style house. We live in Iowa so snow is consideration. Looking for recommendations on placement... Uplighting or down? How far out from house? How far apart? Any advice will be appreciated.
  4. You might check with www.christmas-leds.com think they have it as wireframe
  5. check out www.christmas-leds.com - I love mine!
  6. I was happy with my set from Christmas Done Bright... here's video from my display... not super happy with the quality of video but gives an idea anyway http://dblights.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/show/15374626-christmas-story
  7. I Love This!!!! Do you have some measured drawings of the framework? or a how-to? Looks great - thanks for posting!
  8. Hi, Is anybody doing anything to make their show "interactive" involving the people to activate a special routine? Wondering about incorporating something into the show... keeping in mind I'm in Iowa (we have winter here) will people get out of the car to "push a button"? What ideas do you have that would help them feel a part of the show? Thanks,
  9. I'm almost done in Iowa Falls... lights will go on tomorrow night
  10. Greetings from Iowa Falls Halloween show now up and running... christmas sequencing done... let the fun begin!
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