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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 avman

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  • Birthday 04/12/1981

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  • Location
    Celina, TX (N. of Frisco)
  • Biography
    low voltage tech
  • Interests
    jeeping and football
  • Occupation
    low voltage tech
  • About my display
    lots of lights and inflateables
  1. some of your lights say in stock and other say they are on the holiday light sale. are those on the holiday light sale in stock or what?
  2. Looking at getting the singing monsters from holidaycoro. Is everyone using just one color for all the lights, or different colors for outline, eyes, and mouth?
  3. anyone have any halloween choir sequences they want to share or sell? wanting to do the singing pumpkin face and a pumpkin choir.
  4. anyone have any pictures of custom enclosures they have built for the controllers, mine are the lor ones in this case. looking to use regular plugs and hopefully put a minimum of 4 controllers per box. i also plan on running a 30 amp 220 circuit to each box and using inline 120v self reset breakers for power. the display is all led so that will be enough power. if needed i could always add a dedicated feed for half of one controller if needed
  5. what is the warranty on the lights?
  6. avman

    Celina Lights

    Well we went live for our first time ever on Thanksgiving night. Overall not to many hiccups and it worked out great, and am very pleased. Feel free to come on out and stop by and say hi www.celinalights.com Here are some rough unedited video clips wizards in winter dance of sugar plum UNT Fight Song Carol of the Bells
  7. does anyone have a 10 second (or some other) audio countdown?
  8. how did they get the strands up to you?
  9. you could also do a heat lamp with a real simple plug style thermostat, sold at home depot http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?jspStoreDir=hdus&catalogId=10053&productId=100028788&navFlow=3&keyword=thermostat+plug&langId=-1&searchRedirect=thermostat+plug&storeId=10051&endecaDataBean=com.homedepot.sa.el.wc.integration.endeca.EndecaDataBean%406257082a&ddkey=Search
  10. not specifically a tree question, but it is on my tree. all the white lights are going to be daisy chained together, there are 16 strings about 8-12 inches apart at the base. the plugs are single plugs, and not "piggy backs" what is the best and easiest way to daisy chain these? i thought about using the vampire plugs and modifying them to let them be mounted inline on the spt wire. any thoughts on this?
  11. anyone have pictures of there security or danger high voltage signs?
  12. so aside from the fact that the output of the orion 5000 is to high i get it. not sure what is wrong, i checked he antenna calculator it came with and set it up, but am barely getting even 1000ft out of the unit, seams to work better in one direction than the other. any thoughts? how should i place the antenna? the other issue i have is the legs screw into the main mast and it is impossible to get those screws really tight. anyone else using this piece, or is there a better antenna to use?
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