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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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Everything posted by marty315

  1. I've tried searching for Planet Christmas and it doesn't bring it up for iPhone Tapatalk. Am I missing something?
  2. What specifically are you using inside of the CoroFlake to do this animation. Also, how is it controlled? I can hear a clicking noise each time the animation changes. Is that the mouse and are you changing animations or is it pre-programmed with certain sequences?
  3. Doesn't look like they have any left, guess I was too late. Post pictures of the trees once you get them lit!
  4. Someone really has the Christmas spirit flowing through them today...
  5. How are you getting your lights to the top?
  6. Do you recommend bringing our own laptops to sequence with? Will there be any kind of hand-outs, etc. given out to reference later when we return home? Thanks in advance!
  7. Are you stringing the lights only down to the perimeter or around the perimeter and back to the center pole? I like the look of having the lights go from top to perimeter and then back to base so I have an reverse L shaped strand running around the tree.
  8. I am trying to use the same design as the tree built in this thread but now that I think of it, I'm not sure if the radius/diameter was ever mentioned in this thread.
  9. I like the way you have the characters standing on the shelves on the side pieces. Almost as if they were standing guard over the castle. Great work!
  10. I would contact David at HolidayCoro.com and talk to him about your ideas. He's great with coro products and has a CNC machine for perfect spacing which is great if you're a perfectionist like I am. I've worked with him and he's very informative, professional and patient with many questions such as mine.
  11. Yeah, so I measured the wrong set of lights. My mini light strands that I'll be using for the mega tree are 25.25' ft. long. Need the center pole height with the same info provided. Thanks!
  12. OK, I need some geometry help. I'm using 100 ct. incadescent mini light strands from Lowe's. String length is approximately 47' 6" long. I want the lights to go from the top of the center pole, down to the base and then back to the base of the pole, then up two feet to where my controller will be mounted. This will keep all plugs off the ground to avoid GFCI trippage, etc. Based upon this design and the same based structure, how tall does my center pole need to be? Thanks in advance!
  13. Glen, How do you mount the lights on your design? Do you have a ladder tall enough to pull this off or do you lay the tree on it's side and hook (ziptie?) the female end to the top? Building the tree is one thing I've found but getting the light strings on it is a whole new ball game. Thanks for the advice in advance!
  14. PM sent. Looking forward to a reply, thanks!
  15. The following shows the list of parts suggested and their retail price at Home Depot located in Sugar Land, TX. I'm sure prices may differ slightly throughout the U.S. These prices are only listed to give someone (like myself) an idea of how much they would spend approximately on tackling this project.
  16. Well it seems as if we're answering each of our own questions. I had one GFI that kept tripping and couldn't figure it out. Turns out that it's the GFI in my garage that I think is just getting old and worn out to be honest. I took the plug that was plugged into that outlet and moved it to a separate outlet/circuit and all is well now and the show must go on! I will most likely replace that GFI in early 2010 when my restaurant slows down.
  17. What was the answer to this issue? I'm having troubles with GFI's as well.
  18. I too have used MP3 Gain and it worked very well to take 9 different songs and 12 voiceovers and match them all to the same volume level. Nothing like having one of your "guests" turn up their volume for a low level Silent Night MP3 and then get blasted by Wizards of Winter or something similar.
  19. The other hard thing is that the nests are difficult to detect. There must be plenty with several members of two different species flying around in the trees. The trees all have plenty of leaves and branches that are perfect for hiding these nests. Any ideas on when these type of flying insects are dormant maybe?
  20. OK guys, so I headed out to the front yard today to start inspecting my trees and to trim a few limbs here and there to ease in the installation of lights. To my surprise, I have a lot of flying "friends" in each of my main trees this year. They seemed to be bees or wasps and there were at least two different species involved. The trees are ever green so waiting for the leaves and possible nests to fall off is mute. I could try fogging the trees but doing it outdoors might cause the other landscape elements around (flowers, bushes), etc. to me effected. Any ideas? I was really hoping to work on these two trees first but I'm going to move on to other areas while I wait for possible solutions.
  21. Still have these for sale, $6 per box or $60 for 12 boxes.
  22. Still have this for sale. Will sell for $15 plus shipping for 77459. Thanks!
  23. I'm interested in more info about the "custom sign insert" you're speaking off. How will it be different and not be blocked by the beard? As for the dimensions, to be clear, Santa is 6'10" tall by almost 4' wide?
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