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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 bilgeratt

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  • Birthday 06/25/1970

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    Ponca City Ok
  • Biography
    Just a complete newbie who is researching animating and adding to my meager display. I may not have much but I am dedicated.

    In 2007 I fell off my roof while putting up my lights, resulting in a lifeflight, a two week hospital stay (five days in ICU), and $128,000 in Medical bills. (Thank Goodness for Insurance!)

    Every left side rib was shattered, I punctured and collapsed a lung, and now have a Titanium Plate on my left collarbone.

    The result? You guessed it... When my wife drove me home from the hospital I stared up at the roof and said "Someone's gotta finish them or take all that stuff down."

    Five weeks later I was back on the roof.
  • Interests
    Fishing, Camping, Fishing, Geocaching and Fishing. And of course, dreaming of winning the lottery so I can spend more time fishing and so I can afford a "proper" Christmas display.... lol.
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  • About my display
    Went from 4500 static lights in 2008, with a LOT of white, to 6000 red green and white lights controlled by 32 LOR channels in 2009.

    Plans for 2010 are about 8800 lights on 96 LOR channels.
  1. Ahhhhhh.... Makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up cacoulter! Merry Christmas!
  2. Converting to a wav file with Audacity did the trick. Thanks! ( if anyone knows, I'm still curious why this has changed from what we used to be able to do.)
  3. Okay, I have downloaded music in the past and used the beat wizard from s2 with no problems. However, over the last couple of days I have downloaded 2 different songs from Amazon through the cloud player to my computer, and when I try to run the beat wizard on the songs it does not work. I get an error that says cannot init conversion. Since I never had the Cloud before, I can only assume that this is somehow the culprit. Any ideas on how I can get around it? I really don't want to have to go out and spend 20 dollars on 2 CDs for 2 songs....
  4. Oops... I forgot. We're still active, I'll send a pm.
  5. Thanks guys it sounds as if I probably should run 1 inverter on each of my two trolling motor batteries. .... That means an extra trip will be thrown in to go to my storage unit and get 1 of my heavy duty inverters out of the travel trailer... I was hoping to use the inverter I have at the house but it works of a cigarette lighter plug... And if I'm going to be pulling 11 amps dc that's too much. better safe than sorry.
  6. I'm at work and doing a last minute planning of a lighting my boat for a christmas in july parade Saturday evening. I'm figuring to pull about 11 amps of ac power, using an inverter running off the trolling motor batteries. My problem is I don't know how much amperage that is in dc current, and when I google for an answer all I'm getting is conversion to watts. Is there no easy way to figure out how many amps I'm going to be drawing on my trolling motor battery? I'm just looking for a ballpark figures so that I can decide whether to run two batteries and two inverters or if I can just use 1.
  7. Folks, I was afraid this would happen one of these years, but my camping and fishing will interfere this year. That's why I didn't vote on the poll, because I'm taking both of those weekends plus the week in between to go to the lake with the inlaws. I'll miss you guys, and look forward to seeing everyone's display in 8 months...
  8. Thursday morning, my Boomer Sooner Video http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1654574439602 was put on the OFFICIAL facebook page of the University of Oklahoma. http://www.facebook.com/oklahomasooners?ref=mf It promptly got about 400 likes and 80 comments. It was then picked up by the OFFICIAL facebook page of Fox23 news in Tulsa. http://www.facebook.com/fox23news?ref=mf It got a bunch more likes and comments. It then appeared on the NEWSCAST last night!!! WhooHoo!!! So not only do I come home to all that, I also received back from the Demented Elf a custom Voiceover with sound effects added to something I had made. It's a plug for blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute. It's now sequenced and will be in the show starting Friday night, just in time for the increase in traffic I expect from all the attention my display got today. I think the message is a powerful one, it contains a few lines from the speech I gave when I was inducted into the national blood donor hall of fame. I hope it encourages a few people to get out and donate during the Christmas season to keep the blood supply from running low. So all in all, I'm a pretty darned happy camper right now! What I want to know is, did anyone in Tulsa see it on the news last night? I was at work, and Ponca's cable system doesn't get that channel anymore anyways. I know it's too much to hope for that someone DVR'd it, but it would be nice to know that someone other than my cousin saw it!!!
  9. Hey guys, I've got a niece that's in Ft. Benning this week for her husband's boot camp graduation, and she's looking to take in a display or two. Is there anything in the Columbus area or within a 15-20 minute drive?
  10. Anything by any A Capella group. The timing is horrible. I intended to do two Straight No Chaser songs this year. Both got abandoned after a few days of hair pulling.
  11. Dennis if I try it and like it I'll buy one on the spot. Maybe two. ALSO!!!! Attention please!!!!!! If anyone has a female Angel or Choir singer blowmold in the neighborhood of 30 inches tall that they don't want or use anymore, bring it! I need to find and buy one cause I'm already sequencing it!
  12. Ok, I am definitely coming, and am bringing a buddy from work that is not a member on here.... yet. He IS interested. I'll bring the 6 foot OU and anything else I notice that people might be interested. I haven't built much so it won't be much. Maybe a minitree and some PVC windowframe lights. Along with the other things I mentioned, SPT2 with Vamp plugs and Coroplast, can someone bring a ziptie gun? My fingers and my wife's fingers would appreciate me getting a look at one. OHHHH!!!!! and I'll bring all my lights bought by mistake for trading or swaping... I'm looking for Transparent Red and Green C9's and C7's that Hobby Lobby had a few years back.... And the multicolor mini's that Lowes had a lot of last year and hardly ANY of this year. Edited to show what I'm bringing to trade
  13. I'll be there, and will bring the 6 ft OU..... plus the blueprint for it.
  14. Also, a suggestion..... I'd like a closeup look at the SPT2 and vamp plug extension cord setups. If anyone is building any this year it'd be nice if you built one there so we could see how to do it.
  15. Any decision reached on the date yet?
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