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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 Moondancer5

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  • Birthday 06/24/1945

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  • Location
    Sebring, Florida
  • Biography
    A beginner at this Christmas light show stuff. I am 65 years young. Not able to retire yet. Live in an "over 55" mobile home park in Sebring Fl. Have 2 grown sons. My mother died on Christmas day many years ago. I hope to walk the Appalachian Trail someday.
  • Interests
    gardening, travelling, scrapbooking, cooking, hiking
  • Occupation
    retail sales
  • About my display
    Just the normal light up deer, a handful of blowmolds and wire frames. This year the theme is "Winter Wonderland. Adding leaping arches and a mini mega tree. I have a small yard as I live in a mobile home park. Want to learn how to make a computerized one. Last year it made alot of people smile to stop and look at my "static" Christmas display. This year I hope to be able to make my first computerized light show.
  1. Thank you so very, very much. I followed your directions and was able to set the clock. Your help was much appreciated.
  2. I bought a 36" Snoopy Countdown Christmas Cloak last year and did not use it. This year I took it out of the box and wanted to use it but it has not instructions. I figured out how to build it and played with the countdown clock but I cannot seem to get it to set properly. I tried researching it at the website but found nothing. Can anyone tell me how to set the timer ? Thaks in advance.
  3. The more I read, the more I am confused. I would like to make an 8 ft tall mini mega tree. I want it to be 2 colors, green and white. I would like to use 16 channels of LOR. If I understand correctly the diameter of the tree should be 8 ft, 4 ft on either side of the pole. How many strings of 100 ct lights can I use on each channel ? I think 3 but I am not sure. Can someone clear this up for me. Thanks in advance.
  4. I am interested in the Spiral trees. PM sent.
  5. Interested in all of the green on green wire and twinkle lights. PM sent.
  6. The more I read, the more confused I get. I would like to build a 10 ft Mega Tree this year for our display. I would like to use only 2 colors of mini lights. That would be green and white. I would like the green to be on together and the white to be on together, thus showing a green or white tree. How many LOR controllers, and or how many channels would this take ?
  7. A Great Big Thank You to Patti and Richard for being such "Fantastic" hosts for the Mini. It was my first "mini" and I did not know what to expect and was a little concerned since my sister and I are such "Newbies". But I can say that the entire group was more and wonderful making us feel quite comfortable and welcome. Thanks to Bill, and Michael for all of the wonderful things and ideas. Thanks to Chuck for the ABT's, which were so fantastic there are no words to praise them adequately. The entire group made us feel right at home. I brought home a lot of answers to many questions that I went with, some great ideas and solutions. As well as a back seat full of Christmas items to add to our 2010 display. We had a wonderful time and hope to be able to do it again. Danielle, thanks so much for the pictures. Thank you all !
  8. Please put my sister and I down for Friday night.
  9. Please put me down for 2 attending. I was able to get off of work for that day. I will be bringing my sister. Thanks.
  10. RJ Where is your Christmas light show ? Moondancer

  11. Well, I did buy the kit also. So, I guess that I did that right. I understand that I should buy lots of extension cords. Other than that I am still scratching my head. I am definitely in over my head. I am wanting to have a nice display but I am at a loss. It seems that the more that I read, the more I get confused. I guess that I will have to sot down and count to 10, take a deep breath and try to start reading again. Thanks for all of the responses.
  12. No, I did not order that. I did not know that I needed one. Ugh !
  13. Well, i ordered 1 16 channel LOR units for my yard. Now I have to figure out how to get started. This is going to be an adventure.
  14. Well, I am back to the drawing board. I have 24 or 27 feet to span, depending on if I include the side yard. I really do not care how many arches that I make across the yard, as long as I can create the picture that I have in my mind. My yard is also only 11 feet from the curb to the house. Last year I had a "static display" that was the talk of the neighborhood. This year I bought 1 LOR controller. I hope to be able to buy another one next year, but for this year the one will have to do. Since my yard is so small, I am hoping to design everything small to make it look good, and yet have the appearance of a larger display. Thank you for all of your help. I will continue to read and try to figure this out. I am running out of time, ha ha.
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