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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 RiscIt

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      Western Maine
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      IT Consultant from the foothills of Western Maine
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      Tech stuff, Music, Youth Ministry
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    • About my display
      Charlie Brown theme..... We moved to LOR animation in 2009, which kind of diminished the charlie brown stuff as it is pretty minor compared to the rest of the show.
    1. Thanks for the kind words Greg. I'm sure legally we're not at fault... But I still think it's a gray area. Let's assume for a second, that I am, shall we say, a very attractive woman. If I go out to a busy street corner and lift up my shirt as cars go by and it distracts someone and there is an accident, I think I'd feel responsible. Where is the legal difference betwee "that" shiny distraction and our lights? More than that, we don't want our lights to be anything but a gift to the community. If folks get hurt or need to come up with $$ to fix a car, then our mission may need rethinki
    2. Just happened again. Everyone is okay but this one caused a lot more car damage. *sigh*
    3. Anyone got a tip on the control valves used for this? Can't find 'em anywhere. Thanks in advance. - Phil
    4. We lucked out and found an HD at 75% yesterday afternoon. It was a day early according to the signage which listed the sale dates as 1/1 to 1/26, but a price check showed the discount. We picked up 64 boxes of 100 ct clear minis at $0.57 a box. We had gotten 50 at a walmart the day before for ~$1.20 each, but hated having to pay that and hated having to drive so far to find them. We were able to return the walmart ones with receipt, so I guess we're a "Home Accents" display now.
    5. We were wondering how long it would take... Last night someone was pulling out of their parking spot from watching the lights and got their bumper clipped by another car. I don't know if they were both just not watching or if they didn't turn their lights back on to leave or what, but it freaked out us. We stopped the show and walked out to see if everyone was alright, and everyone seemed okay and in a good mood all things considered. We started the show again 5 minutes later. Still... Not a good feeling.
    6. We use the pulley method... Love it. But when one string of lights came off the hook this year, after it was up, and I didn't want to lower all the other strings, I just put my 20' ladder inside and leaned it against the pole. The guy wires were anchored well enough to support the weight. Granted, I had the ladder as vertical as possible so most of the weight was on the ground and not the pole, but that's okay. I did a lot of holding on to the pole instead of the ladder. ....I'm not in a hurry to do it again, but it worked for us. Pulley method is still by far the best, IMO.
    7. There's a mega tree in our display... Sequences: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/44323-Wilton-Lights-Last-Year-s-Sequences-Shared
    8. We've posted the sequence files for this show on our website http://www.wiltonlights.com/technical/ Be sure to read the accompanying info file before using them. If you use these sequences in your display all we ask is that you let us know. If you post a video of it, we’d like to see it. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
    9. I use GarageBand on my Mac (It's Mac only).
    10. Wow... Being compared to Richard is a compliment if I ever saw one.. THANKS! The white spots are standard 50 watt floods from walmart. The red spots (on the garage) are 75 watts from Home Depot. They are considerably lighter and cheaper. Though some of the red paint was flaking off one of them after a few days. Still worth it, in my opinion. They're much brighter than the heavy ones from walmart.. The coating is too dark on those IMO. And nope... no moving heads. Just 2 spots, one pointed at each end of the house. Fading from one to the other gives the effect of panning. Found that on
    11. 6 songs... http://www.WiltonLights.com/videos/ It's hard to make it out but the small blurry lights on the lower roof are light up pumpkins. $1 each last year at Walmart clearance!
    12. Found it! It's by "Galbatron" http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/toccata-et-fuga-in-d-minor/id395295301?i=395295466 And yes Vanessa Mae was our backup plan, but her studio version isn't as good as the live version (IMO), and the live version has a lot of background sounds to edit out... Thanks all!
    13. Thanks for the responses. hrmmm... That you tube link ends at the same point my MP3 does... (not the excerpt I shared, the longer but still incomplete one which I have in my library).. Does it just not have a proper ending? Can't find it in any of Jean Michale J'eare's stuff, or under "Jean Michel Jarre" either.
    14. Howdy Folks, We're trying to get ready for Halloween and wanting a good version of Toccata And Fugue in D minor, and I think we found what we want to edit down*from, but the problem is that we found it in my huge music collection and it is incomplete.. I have no idea where it came from, who recorded it, or what album it might have come from. So... Based on this minute and a half sample, can anyone tell me who did this version so I can go out and purchase it? http://www.wiltonlights.com/lor/audio/Toccata-techno-short.mp3 Many thanks in advance.
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