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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.

Bob Hall

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About Bob Hall

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  • Birthday 05/03/1976

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  • Location
    Gettysburg, PA
  • Biography
    Married with 2 step-children, 2 dogs and 3 cats.
  • Interests
    Cars, HO trains, Computers
  • Occupation
    Office manager at a computer repair shop/Storage Unit facility manager/Night Operator @ a local bank
  • About my display
    Nothing really big yet. About 3000 LED lights on a Gemmy Holiday light show with MP3 capabilities. Money allowing I'm hoping to expand for the 2010 season which includes LOR controllers. *fingers crossed*
  1. Thanks, there are a couple of things I can't grasp but I won't hijack Pepper's thread and have Roger launch a bannination campaign. After I search for some videos about the software, I'll give it a shot again in a few days.
  2. Congrats. I just picked up the software and 2 more controllers for 48 channels myself. I have the same reservations as you. The software is really kicking my butt though which is frustrating considering what my primary job is.
  3. I was about to say the same thing. I did find that of all the globes that came off, most of them were the white ones. Quite annoying really.
  4. I have heard some places in New Oxford on U.S. 30 have blow molds as well, but I never checked them out.
  5. Same here. For some reason, I had trouble visualizing the binder clips as simple 100% paper binder clips. I thought you were referencing some fancy outdoor/siding clip that I was unfamiliar with. Good think you posted those last pics before I went to Lowes and embarrassed myself.
  6. http://www.youtube.com/user/theweber300 Take your pic.
  7. I'm afraid to ask. Did it make it through the season without a scratch?
  8. I'm not really a big fan of blow molds, but I must say, the restoration job looks amazing. Great job to Trash and congrats to you Robert for owning a great looking blow mold.
  9. Pam, Thank you. I love the look of your floodlight wash. As for the MP3 route, don't be afraid. It took me several different attempts of getting real music to play through this unit for it to work for me. But nothing ever goes easy for me. It's a 'curse' that my friends call the "Bob Factor":D Last year I first attempted to use a portable cd player with a cd of the mp3s I wanted to use. At first the cd players wouldn't play the cd's. So I bought a different brand of blank cds and burned the mp3s to that. That worked. Then I had battery life issues witht he cd players. (I used 2 different cd players). After going through 2 pack of batteries every night, I scrapped the cd player idea. Next I decided to try the kids mp3 players. I had horrible results with those ranging from horrible sound quality to killing a AAA battery every 2 hours. So, I decided to try using a really old spare laptop that I had laying around. Using a small patch cord from the head phone jack of the laptop to the Aux jack of the Gemmy unit worked very well. Unfortunately, I had to leave the laptop outside. This year I decided to use the laptop again but this time store it inside. I got a 25 foot patch cord to make this happen. The only downfall was the cord had to go out the door. This lasted about 10 days before either the 14 year old or 13 year old cut the cord with the door by not assuring the cable was on the bottom at the threshold instead of up in the door jamb. According to them, none of them did it but you know how kids are. So back to square one again, I decided to try an MP3 player once again. Fortunately, one of the rental properties I manage is a sort of pawn shop. I found a fairly decent player that recharged via a usb port. The housing on the player had a chip out of it on the corner and the shop owner gave it to me at his cost, $8. I brought it home, wiped the memory, charged it up, put my mp3 on it and tried it out. The battery lasted almost 5 hours and I was happy with the way the lights were flashing. The videos on my Vimeo page are a result of this current MP3 player. As for next year. I'm hoping to go the LOR route. The wife said she was going to buy me a controller for Christmas but I asked her to wait until the Feb/Mar sale to save some money. I just hope nothing happens to take away that cash stash before the sale.
  10. Here is what I've done with my 6 channel Gemmy box. I really need a steadier hand and better camera. http://www.vimeo.com/8447482
  11. I scored Pilot Snoopy on top of the doghouse for $21 at Big Lots on Sunday evening. I couldn't pass that price up.
  12. Was that at the Chambersburg Lowe's or the Rouzerville Lowe's? The Lowe's in Hanover sold out of LED's and was in the process of consolidating the rest of their Christmas inventory
  13. I have the Gemmy unit with the 6 outlets, mp3 jack, and speaker. Each outlet is rated for a maximum of 1.25 amps. Since I used LED lights, I wasn't worried about maxing it out.
  14. I have the same box as yours. I bought it early in December. I tried it with a few mp3 players and the sound quality was horrible. I then tried it with my laptop but my laptop is in horrible condition and that didn't work out too well either due to it's condition. I finally hooked it up to a portable cd player with great results. I was happy with how it responded to the cd I made and my one neighbor was impressed with how well it worked (he's familiar with LoR). One thing that amused me the most had to do with a wire frame angel with horn. It seemed to be 90% synced with the horns I had on the cd. That was an enjoyable coincidence. I'm looking forward to using this box for Halloween coming up. I would also like to find a link cable and another 6 outlet box to use. I noticed the controller has a link port on the bottom.
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