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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 jstein

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  • Birthday 03/07/1990

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Just too many to tell!
  • Location
    Deer Park, TX
  • Biography
    Love working with children! Thats why I love working in the recreation field.
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  • Occupation
    Network Analyst
  • About my display
    Sadly I am decommissioning and trying to get rid of the last of it. I just do not have the time to commit to a display like I used to.

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    • For Sale
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    I have a total of 6 LOR controllers. 4 CTB16PC 2 LOR1602 I am hoping someone in the Houston area is interested as I do not want to deal with shipping them. The condition varies and I do not guarantee they are working 100%. I have not had them out in a number of years and no longer am set up to test them easily. If you are willing to pay the shipping, I can drop them off at UPS and can charge you the shipping.


    Deer Park, Texas - US

  2. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    Assembled and used for a couple years only a Ramsey Digital FM Stereo Transmitter. Model is FM30B. I do not have the power supply for it but it uses a 13.8-16VDC power adapter. It get's great range, I powered it all the way up and was getting about 3/4 of a mile! Before turning it back down of course I paid somewhere around $200 for it new assembled since it can't ship to the US assembled. Here is some additional info on it: https://sourcefmtransmitter.com/shop/ramsey-fm30b-fm-transmitter/


    , Texas

  3. Jstein     will buy the 16 channel pixel controller for  $ 125 .00    will pay by pay pal  what would it cost to ship to Canada my postal code is B1P6R4  WILL pay the shipping  let me know my email is [email protected] 

  4. I am not totally opposed to taking offers as long as they seem reasonable, but like I said, this is practically brand new still and is a great addition to anyone's Halloween display!
  5. So far it's still up for grabs!
  6. Sounds great, just let me know. I thought I attached a picture, but I guess I forgot so here is a photo of the skull. John
  7. I am selling my SkullTroniX Skull and the Exorcist that I bought with it. I have the software and I have two sequences that came with it that I will send along with it (Ghostly Host and Seance). I also have the LED light that came with it that I will include. Brand new all of this was close to $2000 and I will sell it for $1200. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything and it is all in great condition. Thanks!
  8. I am selling my Galaxia Controller with 4 strings and extensions for them. I just do not have time to do the sequencing and set up for this. I purchased this with the intention of using it to its fullest extent, I just do not have the time. It's an excellent product and can give you a little help if you need it. I am looking to get about $600 for it but will accept offers that you might give me. Thanks!
  9. Swung by today, mine had nothing at all! Although Valentines is 50% off already.
  10. This is certainly interesting, and good point, how long would the tank last?
  11. jstein

    Houston displays

    which part of houston are you looking for?
  12. hmm im a LOR user and unfortunately I haven't studied AL much...guess I ought to one day. Although I may nt use AL, it is always good to know different things to help others out.
  13. You can import the sequences, make changes, even use their software to run the show, or you can simply convert it back to its original format with the changes you have made, but you will loose Wii functionality if you do that. You must run LSP for interactive items like the Wii. Check out their forums and ask questions away! Someone will always chime in or they check the forums pretty often too and have made several updates and included MANY new features since it was first released.
  14. Download it and see for yourself how you like it! It has many great features that have made programming easier!
  15. :giggle:silly me I should have known it was really as simple as it seemed.
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