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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.

Josh.2008

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About Josh.2008

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  • Birthday 11/26/1981

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    Sulphur, Oklahoma
  • Biography
    Started automation November 26, 2008
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights Obviously
    Carpentry
  • Occupation
    Network Administrator/Technician
  • About my display
    Started in 2008 with a Gemmy Lights and Song Show. 12 channel approx. 10,000 lights.
    Now in 2009 80 channels of LOR and 30k lights with 2 - 20 foot arches - 9 mini trees - and my first major fabrication - a 25' long 2' tall phrase on my roof that says "Remember Jesus" to remind people what christmas is all about.

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  1. Jackie Evancho the runner up on America's Got Talent, the Opera prodigy, has a cd with 4 songs on it releasing on Nov. 16th. Songs: 1. Silent Night 2. Panis Angelicus 3. Oh Holy Night 4. Pie Jesu Website: http://www.amazon.com/O-Holy-Night-CD-DVD/dp/B00472O3C8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287763908&sr=8-1
  2. Thanks guys. PM sent. I really appreciate it. I have 10 total songs now and I was wanting to add a few little 30 to 60 sec clips of different things to keep it interesting. The 40 sec. griswold drum roll is a bigger hit than some of the full length songs. Thanks again.
  3. Does anyone have Linus reading the Christmas Story sequence they would share? I have 80 channels, so I can scale down from some of you guys with a bazillion channels. I'm a little stumped on adding a sequence to something with no music and making it look decent. Thanks for the consideration!!!!
  4. I have Luke 2 narrated from "The Word of Promise" audio bible on mp3. Send me your email and I will send it to you. It is pretty cool, it has some thunder in the background and stuff.
  5. Yeah. I have a security camera on my front porch and the monitor is my TV in the living room, so I turn the input on my tv to the camera during commercials and I can see the cars coming and going.
  6. I am glad I am not the only one. This being my first year, I was not prepared for the peoples reactions. I have had three people get out of there car and talk, which is great! I love to answer questions and show them the miles of cable on the ground etc... I have had several cars roll down the window and shout something like "great job" or "thanks for doing this". But 9 out 10 cars litterly scatter when I walk out my front door. It is so odd to me. I get calls or emails the next day of people saying they stopped by but didnt stay long because they didnt want me to thing they where stalkers. I always reply with "After my friends and I spent 4 months putting lights on my house, programming, configuring, tweaking, etc. all for 30 days of a huge animated light show, dont you think I wanted people to stop and enjoy?" The reply emails always say "I didnt really think of it that way" and then the following sentence is always " YOU SPENT 4 MONTHS PUTTING YOUR LIGHTS UP?!!?!!":giggle: Nexy year my voiceovers will tell people they are invited to "PARK" and enjoy the show.
  7. This may have already been talked about if it has, plesae point to the correct thread. There may be a simple solution to this, please advice if you have one!!!! My show is scheduled to play from 6 to 10 Sun-Thur and 6-11 Fri-Sat, like most peoples. My music is broadcast 92.3 fm and works perfectly for 2200' in all directions of my house. I want to play an internet radio "all christmas" station automatically when the show is over and all day the next day untill an hour before the show starts. Here is my first attempt: 1. Get the website url that automatically fires up media player and starts playing. I am using this one for a test http://www.beethoven.com/beethoven_ad.asx 2. Creat a text document that contains the following: @start "" /b "c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" www.beethoven.com/beethoven_ad.asx 3. rename the text document to Radio.cmd. By making it a command file task manager will run this as a program. 4. Open scheduled tasks in the control panel and make a scheduled task to start at 10:30pm and last till 5pm the next day. When it says click the program you want to run, just navigate to the radio.cmd file. 5. Make one for weekends and one for weekdays both pointed to the same radio.cmd file. This works fine if I can find a web radio station that plays christmas all the time. Anyone know a good station to use? Next option is a vbscript?? Any suggestions??
  8. Great Tips!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for these tips!!! The Foreground tool you talked about just saved me eons of time!!!!! Now, what would it take for you do give us 13 thru 25?
  9. YEEEEAHHHHHH!!! Done at last and just in time! All lights up, songs tested. Now its just a matter of putting the show together. Going live day after thanksgiving!
  10. Are the mini's Multi-colored as well?
  11. Here is a picture of me on the roof with the red lights. The picture looks like it is just one light but it is actually two and it looks just like two eyes.
  12. jeffostroff: Thanks for the compliment. I am going to backlight it with rope light I think. I am building the box tonight to house it. I printed it here at my office on a plotter. It is a thicker than usual paper. I plan to smash the paper between two pieces of plexiglass that I am picking up today at lunch. Hope this works, just taking it one step at a time. I am freaking out!!!!!!!!!showtime is just a few days away and I have a list of "to-do's" that seems to go on forever:eek:.
  13. Finally finished my sign and plotted it. Here it is. Now off to shop to built the frame and case to put it in.
  14. We are in Sulphur, Ok. 1 hour south of OKC on I-35. I will take a photo tonight.
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