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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 2addicted2lights

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  • Birthday 12/05/1991

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  • Location
    Dickson, Tennessee
  • Biography
    I'm 19 and attend TTU. I am double majoring in civil engineering and business management. I then plan to attend law school and begin practicing corporate law.
  • Interests
    christmas light, waterskiing, basketball, I collect things from "the simpsons". cars
  • Occupation
    College student at Tennessee Technological University.
  • About my display
    I am currently maxed out at 55,000 lights. I have 96 channels of LOR. I am finally going to begin the transition to LEDs beginning in 2011
  1. I have built 2 shadow boxes for my 4th of July show. I use 2x6s and make my box then place plywood on the front and back. The front piece has my silhouette cut out. The 2x6 is perfect size to fit a flood light in. I paint the inside gloss white and the outside flat black
  2. In May I posted this thread stating I would be beginning custom sequencing work for those interested starting mid-July. I am now available for custom sequencing, but i have changed my pricing structure from before. I am a college student and would really like to make a few bucks before college starts back. Here is the new price structure. All sequencing will be on a first come first serve basis. I plan to do custom work through mid-August and maybe further depending on demand. Base Price of $99.00 this includes sequencing up to 3 minutes and channel counts up to 96. There is a $ .75 charge for every second over the 3 minute base. There is a $20.00 charge for each additional 1-16 channels added. Example: 97- 112 total channels = $20.00 additional charge 113-128 total channels = $40.00 additional charge. **Channel configuration is to be supplied by customer. ** There is a 256 channel maximum. This is quite a bit lower than previous pricing. If you have any questions or concerns or want me to price something for you, just drop me a pm.
  3. Hot sauce in Campbell's vegetable beef soup. I'm the only one I know of that does it but its delicious.
  4. Yes, I will be doing work in LOR. I have tried to peg my prices so I can make about 10 an hour. I feel that is fairly reasonable. Below are prices per second. My 2011 prices: Channels: Price 1-32 $ 1.10 33-64 $ 1.60 65-96 $ 1.70 97-128 $ 1.90 129-192 $ 2.10 193-224 $ 2.30 225-256 $ 2.65 257-512 $ 3.40 over 512 contact for pricing
  5. Hello everyone. I am about to mark my 3rd year doing light shows on July 4th. This July 4th will be my 3rd annual Independence Day show and this Christmas will be my 3rd annual Christmas show. I really enjoy syncronizing music and would like to extend my services to the PC community. Beginning mid July I will be available for custom sequencing. I realize that most of you don't know me personally. I will be happy to synchronize a test sequence of 30 seconds to a minute so you can determine if you want to use me or not. While I enjoy synchronizing all music I tend to do my best work in musical scores with no lyrics. ex. transiberian orchestra, pirates of the caribbean. I tend to get the most compliments on music like that. Here is a link to my christmas '10 video . I have video of my 09 fourth of july show on there as well (which isn't that grand because it was my first show). I do have video of my 2010 independence day show but it is too long for youtube. My christmas '10 video is poor quality and was shot new years eve after controller problems and snow after snow (which is unusual for TN) had wounded my show. If anyone is interested or has any questions just let me know. I hope to build a quality reputation amoung the PC community for custom work. Thanks, Mark
  6. Trying to win nashville predators playoff tickets! everyone go like grand avenue transportation http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/grandavelimo and tell them Mark Petty sent you!

  7. Hello everyone, I would like your help. Grand Avenue Transportation here in Nashville is giving away Predators tickets to game 4. The winner will the one who recruits the most people their facebook page. Please like their page and post on their wall to let them know I (Mark Petty) sent you. I would really like to win this so i can take my cousin who is the same age as me (19). My aunt (his mom) who has had brain cancer (who I have asked for prayers on here before) passed away last week. He has been balancing college and a sick mother for months and he really needs a break from it all. Thanks guys. Here is the link http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/grandavelimo
  8. Planning is underway for my 3rd annual Independence Day light show. We have exhausted the list of all the classics and are looking for new ideas... here is a list of some of the our past selections ROCK in the USA- John Mellencamp Pink Houses- John Mellencamp America the beautiful- Ray Charles God Bless America- Celine Dion God Bless America Again- Charlie Daniels Band America-Neil Diamond God Bless the USA- Lee Greenwood Born in the USA- Bruce Springsteen American Trilogy- Elvis (This is our annual closer and will not be cut this year) America the Beautiful-Elvis Living in America-James Brown Where the Stars and Stripe and eagle flies- Aaron Tippin Any suggestions will be great....We are thinking a 3 tiered show with intro being slow and serious, middle being peppy/ rock patriotic/ and the last being americana rock and roll. Thanks guys!
  9. My obsession started at age 5. My grandparents and I drove around our town very often looking at lights. They always let me pick where we went. I would say turn here, there etc and my grandad would drive. It didn't take long of this doing this until we had lights at my grandparents house. My house (right next door) always had lights but i wasn't involved. My grandad made sure I was involved in putting up lights. The displays grew year by year. I remember when we added icicle lights. I remember the year i spent my long saved money on a 30 dollar spiral tree for my house. We also added the most pitiful megtree ever. (6 feet tall with 4 strands of lights lol). My grandfather passed away in 2002. Since then my addiction has skyrocketed. I now have 55,000 lights and 96 channels of LOR and planning to add more LOR next year. Aside from that I also put on a fourth of july show with my 9x15 foot flag handmade by me and that show is fast approaching 15,000 lights.
  10. I'm planning on being there...Plan on doing all mini and mega sessions. Don't know who will be tagging along with me. My sidekick in this crazy obsession (cousin) will probably not be able to be off that long. We also have a wedding in Chesapeake, VA the weekend before so i dont know how that will be.
  11. jfelix, are you talking about the BIG arch from North Carolina? Did yours go up fairly easily? We recruited neighbors and family members. I'm afraid taking it down will be a much more difficult project, especially if we can't get our help back again.
  12. I want to know how you built those fireworks! I need 2 or 3......or 5 of those lol:cool:
  13. I made a 9x15 foot flag in 09....I used pvc chicken wire found at Lowes and I zip tied lights to it. I believe I used about 700 lights for the long stripes at the bottom and about 400 on the smaller stripes at the bottom. I have a channel set up for each blue 'stripe" that corresponds with the red and white stripes on top. The stars are twinkling c9 bulbs. The pvc chicken wire and lights mount to a steel fram that i built. Total cost of investment was about 300 without controllers and 200-300 man hours zip tying [ATTACH=CONFIG]41721[/ATTACH]
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