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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 mwo040

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  • Birthday 04/21/1973

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  • Location
    Oviedo FL
  • Biography
    Build my own Christmas controllers
  • Interests
    Nascar and Chritmas displays
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Vixen Controlled Renard 24's 24 channels this year with 100 more planned for next year
  1. Congradulations I was by on Christmas night and saw that you won the Oviedo Lights Grizwald award. Very good display this year. When I was by you had already shut off the snow machines. Great job.
  2. Yea I am also a DIY guy running Renard and FireGod controllers. I have been known as RJ since birth although I did go to high school with another RJ. I am in no way trying to take away RJ's hard work and help in the DIY community. Another real RJ sitting down now.
  3. Well due to some unplanned problems (show computer crashed) my show will not start until Sunday the 29th as long as I can work out the problem. My display will be static until then.
  4. Thanks I have been around here for a while just don't post. My name is RJ
  5. Well it is that time of year again for us to all go live and have our displays up and running for the holiday this year. Last season there was a thread that gave the addresses of people that wanted to show off thier shows along with the times that the shows will run. I am going to set up my show this weekend and hope to go live Saturday night. I will only know when I get everything out and start setting up tomorrow. I will be running my show every day starting Saturday Nov 28th from 5pm until 11pm Through Jan 7th. I am running all DIY equipment. The show location is 3481 Hunt Ln Oviedo, FL 32765 Lets all use this thread to give the address of your shows for the season.
  6. I dont have any instructions but I can tell you how I built mine. I took 1 2" 10ft PVC pipe with another 2ft 2" pvc pipe that I put in the ground. I took 1 1-1/2" pipe that slid inside the 2" pieces and slid it into the 10' piece and stood them up allowing the 1-1/2" pipe to slide down into the piece in the ground. Then I put a cap on the top of the 2" pipe that had hooks in it all the way around and staked the lights to the gound using tent stakes. You could use light stakes too. It turned out nice and the best part was I just leave the 2 ft piece in the ground with a cap over it for the next year. If you want you could even put the piece in the ground in concrete. 1 bag of quickcrete works great. Good Luck.
  7. Hello Bhill I stopped by and saw your display last night. The blinking and flashing looked really good but I could not hear any music. Do you have an fm transmitter or just speakers. Maybe you didnt have the speakers turned up. I would love to stop by and see it again but I would like to be able to hear the music. Good Job.
  8. It was nice visiting with you last night. Sorry to hear your animation will not be up this year. Keep in touch as we are such close animators. You have a very nice display and I look forward to seeing it animated next year.
  9. I am a DIYer and I have a 30 min show nightly from 6pm to 1030pm at 3481 Hunt Ln Oviedo FL 32765 Just north of UCF.
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