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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 tyler9613

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    I am a person who lives in Saint Charles, MO. I have always loved christmas and the spirit it brings to everyone. I hope to eventually put on a display, however, financial restrictions have so far delayed it to the year 2010...
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  1. You could just rip the mp3 off the cd using iTunes, but if you are using it for what you say you are using it for, it is acceptable, and you have rights to the music. Sorry if I sounded mean, but I hate it when people violate copyright to save a dollar. -Tyler
  2. Not to hijack this thread, but I've taken my spiral trees in due to recent vandalism and small robberies around the area. One kid got caught, but it happened again, so we know there's more than one. It makes me really angry.
  3. It's the same thing as getting songs off limewire, ILLEGAL. Buy it on iTunes like you're supposed to...
  4. Could someone have possibly tripped over a cat5 cable and pulled the connector away from the board? If so, this would be why that's happening...
  5. I'm not sure how this post was intended to sound, but for the record, I took it as rude.
  6. Yes, you use the same adapter. It's RS485, it can run on cat5 or cat3, both using 2 pairs of the wire. I'm not that sure about the fuse, I've never seen a blown one...I don't personally own LOR yet, but I have helped people with it. I would say take a fuse from a board that you know works and put it in and see if it works. -Tyler
  7. Try using phone cables (cat3) for the one controller with the status LED that works, and see if that works temporarily. And as basis21b already mentioned, check the fuses in the other one.
  8. I bought walmart LEDs, C7's for the peak of the roof and C9's for underneath the soffit and I was disappointed with their brightness. I don't think that they're bad quality, just not bright enough. -Tyler
  9. Do you use homemade or store bought cables? Is your whole LOR network cat5, or do you have some cat3 mixed in?
  10. This website is helpful: http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/elect/
  11. tyler9613

    Deer herd

    I've got none. They're too traditional. Too ordinary. PC Deer Count remains at 70.
  12. I'm pretty sure that a squirrel would have a pretty difficult time sitting upside down underneath the soffit chewing on c9s. Plus, I saw human size footprints through my landscaping (we've got some much, dirt, and rock). And I don't think that squirrels could slice right through a 16 gauge extension cord...But they might have...All the evidence, in my mind, leads to people.
  13. I use the LightKeeperPro, but that's because my display isn't that big. It works relatively well, and only costs around $20. You can find them at walmart, but they will be packaged by walmart's brand, Holiday Time. If you have a big display, I'd suggest you get a buzz box tester. It makes the bad bulb buzz, so you can fix it. -Tyler
  14. They're probably just trying to tick me off. But they might be deterred from taking them because a lot of my landscaping has thorns...
  15. Well, its the fourth time...Why can't they stop already? Last night, for the forth time, only half my lights turned on. I decided not to mess with it until today, where I found yet another 2 strands of my minis slashed in half. How do I know that it's not animals? The cuts are clean, straight down the middle. There are no chew marks. And, plus, some of the lights that have been cut are in places that animals could never reach (under the soffit) So, for the fourth time, I spliced them back together. I'm really getting sick of this. I have no more money to invest in security, and it doesn't really matter, because my "display" isn't that big anyway. It's just annoying. The first time that it happened, I went out and started pushing bulbs in, working down the string. As I moved on, I touched a bare wire (couldn't see were I was pushing bulbs in at, it was behind a bush). I got a pretty nice jolt, and really aggravated. We've never had any problems like this before. Our neighborhood has always been pretty nice, and we don't live even close to the city. I don't know what the problem is. I'm really starting to get ticked off. Has anyone else had problems with recurring vandalism? -Tyler
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