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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 tamale

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  • Birthday 03/04/1962

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    Acworth, Georgia
  • Biography
    Married, Kids, Job, etc.
    Amateur Radio Operator (www.arrl.org) involved with Emergency Communications (www.cherokee-ares.org)
  • Interests
    Ham Radio, Computers, Camping
  • Occupation
    Software Configuration Mgr
  • About my display
    128 channels of LOR control. Arches, Megatree, and mini trees.
  1. tamale

    Roll Call Ga

    I"m here too, but nothing is done, nothing is welded, and certainly nothing (new) is sequenced. Was hoping to do a few coro projects through the year, but never got the chance. I do have a few things I'm getting ready for though. BTW, does anyone have any 5MM 60ct Green concave LED's that were sold at Garden Ridge the past few years? I need 4 - 6 strings.
  2. Maybe consider designing display features that uses pop-ups, like the pop-up targets on a shooting range Setup/takedown at the flip of a switch.
  3. Got most stuff down and put away, still got the house, mega tree, and about 15 strands wrapped in two Dogwood trees to take down. It sure is a whole lot more fun putting it up than taking it down. Gymnasium, if you still want to see the mega tree construction, it should be up for a few more days or till next weekend.
  4. I had already decided to run the lights through tonight. Last night I brought in the inflatables since it was going to rain today. Sunday it will be sunny, so will start and do as much as I can, may have to finish up next weekend. Hey we're in the south, we can get away with leaving the lights up all year round!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
  5. We got back in after dark yesterday, this is what we found. Our road is a solid sheet of ice right now. [ATTACH=CONFIG]41395[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41396[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41397[/ATTACH]
  6. Jim, I've been by your house twice in the past 10 days, hey, it's on the way home Everything is looking really good. You're sequencing on the arches is really smooth Hope I'm on that list. Traffic through here has been very light compared to last year. I think everyone is either shopping or staying at home. Been a busy season, thought I wasn't going to get anything running, but finally did, stopped at 4 songs. Everything just seemed to take much longer than planned. Then right after getting the show started, the show computer bit the dust. Using a back, now I'm just sitting back and enjoying the time off and relaxing evenings. Thinking about next year already.
  7. Cul-de-sac, lived on one for 16 years and still had to look it up. Robert, you need to hang out at Felix's and see how he does traffic control. Joey has it down to a science. I was at Lowe's yesterday, didn't think about the 40% off and those coupons. Hope you make out on those.
  8. Did you open the controller enclosure, make sure there's no moisture inside?
  9. That is cool, but I'm getting a 404 error on the first link.
  10. That is a really cool setup. I'll be stopping by on the way home from work one day this week and take a look.
  11. JoeyF, the spiral was easy, I just wrapped the 6 spiral strings right on top of the regular Mega Tree, nothing fancy, 'cept it took a few times to get the spacing even. Basically now, I have three trees in one. I finally got a third song in the show done, updated my website [again], posted a photo on a GMA Facebook site along with a link to the website. ( Sam Champion was asking for people's photos, thought it would be funny if it actually made it on National TV ) Got to work this morn and showed it to someone, the background and image looked pretty bad, and at this point, there's a link posted nationwide, so I had to rush and redo it a 3rd time. Now, it's simple and plain, no fancy templates. Got home from work today and noticed some channels were lit out of sequence at times. Did I get a channel config swapped? Did someone swap cords on me? Couldn't have, because it was intermittent. Some parts of the songs were fine. So, walked in the house, thought I'd just restart the show. I shut it down, tried to reboot the PC, but other apps wouldn't shut down. It eventually shut down gracefully, but then booted back up with "Windows could not start because of an error in the software." "Please report this problem as " load needed DLLs for kernel." ARGGGGGHHH!!! Luckily, I've been programming sequences on my laptop, and share the sequence files between the two computers with Dropbox. I copy the file I sequnced to the Dropbox folder, and it's automatically on the other PC, so no sequences or shows were lost LOR seems to be running fine right out of the Dropbox folder. Since the sequences are in a common path "C:\Dropbox\LOR\" vs "Documents and Settings\<user>\Lightorama\*" I don't have to reconfigure the media file location when I copy the file from laptop to desktop. Well, the file sharing seems to work fine that way, but I hope it wasn't Dropbox that caused the Desktop to crash :/ Running off the laptop now, but I need to get this Desktop running again. Otherwise, the show won't startup on it's own, since the laptop is always with me.
  12. There's a few about an hour north of there, I don't know how up to date those are,,, http://www.holidayautomation.com/holiday-display-finder/?zipcode=&distance=none&state=GA&submit=SEARCH&searchform=true
  13. I don't think I like iWeb on the MAC for creating webpages, it's such a pain in the rear. But, I do like how my mega tree turned out. Looks pretty cool in the video. www.dogwoodlights.com Video was shot with the iPhone 3GS.
  14. felixfamilylights.com is redirecting to the url you're saying doesn't work. pwp.att.net link was working a few hours ago, but now it's not, even if going to felixfamilylights.com UPDATE: Nevermind, it's working again.
  15. Joey, looks like the link to register (right above the map) is broken.
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