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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 cagura

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    • Birthday 10/03/1966

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      The Colony, Texas
    • Biography
      I am a devoted Husband, and Father of four.
    • Interests
      Spending time with my family.
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      Senior OSS Architect
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      I try to do a little bit more each year. 2008 is my first year of doing a Light Show. I purchased the 12 Channel Gemmy Light Show.
    1. For those that may remember a few years ago I got a Gemmy 12 plug 6 channel light show. I figured out how the separate units plugs were synchronized and I created an nice light show with it. Here is my 2010 Christmas Light show. Christmas 2009 where I added 3- 6ft white trees. Christmas 2008 my first year: If anyone would like to know how I did this my first year go to here http://christmas.gura.net/ and click on How I did it. you can see how this was done. Enjoy and Merry Christmas.
    2. I used 2 sets of 100 minilights. I ran the two sets like this. I used wood hooks here into the facial under the balcony. ? - wood hook p - plug [FONT=Courier New]?-----?----? ?-----?----? ?-----?----? | | | | | | |[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] | | | | |[/FONT] [FONT=Courier New]| | | | | | [/FONT][FONT=Courier New]| | | | | | [/FONT][FONT=Courier New]| | | | | | [/FONT][FONT=Courier New]| | | | |
    3. The Gemmy has 2 seperate boxes that are linked with a link cable. Each box has 6 outlets, hence the 12 plug or 12 channel reference. But when you link the two boxes up, the main controller box synchronizes the outlets. I just finished mapping out the plugs. I have also labeled which lights are being controlled by each plug. Controller box 3 4 2 5 1 6 Secondary Box 1 6 2 5 3 4 You can also look at the images up close here. http://picasaweb.google.com/charles.gura/GemmyBoxes?feat=directlink Here is the youtube link again for those th
    4. This is my first year setting up. I saw the Gemmy 12 Channel Light Show at Sam's and the price was right and I always wanted to setup a Light Show. I don't think I could every go back to static lights. The bug has bitten me. Next year or the year after I would like to do the LOR. Get the beginners pack. As noted elsewhere, the Gemmy seems to not POP on the sounds just right. I will include a link to a video of Carol of the Bells playing, I had to work at it, but I figured out that at least for this song the extra control box plugs seem to be synchronized with the main box plugs.
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