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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.
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Santa Don

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About Santa Don

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  • Birthday 08/03/1946

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  • Location
    Baytown, Texas
  • Biography
    Professional Santa who would like to jazz up his light displays.
  • Interests
    Santa, ham radio and now LIGHTS.
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    The 2009 season will be my first light show. Very basic at this point. Have 32 channel capability using two Renard 16's and Vixen software. Elements include a two color 12" mega tree, 6 mini trees, 8 candy canes, 2 windows, eaves and roof ridge. Other than the mega tree, my final element is a starburst pole. The sequence looks really cool on the preview.
  1. In case anyone is interested in seeing the newscast, here is their web url. http://www.click2houston.com/video/index.html I was very pleased with the job they did. Santa Don
  2. For those living in the Houston area, Channel 2 will air a segment they did on my July 4th light show. It is supposed to air tonight (July 3)at 6:00 pm. Santa Don
  3. Whoa Brian, you had better get crackin!
  4. I would like to see your setup. Sounds good. I hadn't thought of using chicken wire. Send to [email protected] Don
  5. Actually the flag doesn't exist yet. Hopefully, I can get started on it tomorrow. I do have the "USA" done and lights attached. I was a little worried about bending the PVC, but it turned out to be pretty easy. I used a blow torch to heat up the sections I wanted to bend and used my Old Smokey barbeque pit as a mold to wrap it around. The letters are four feet high. Don
  6. Thank you for the compliment. You are most welcome to use any of my ideas you wish. I would be honored. I do hope to video it when I get it up and running. Haven't decided how long before July 4th to start running it. Thinking maybe a week or two. The problem with doing a July 4th show is that it is around nine before it gets dark. I'll be in OK the first weekend of June for a family reunion. My mother was born an Okie, in Bartlesville. The reunion is in Grove, on Grand Lake. Santa Don
  7. Hi Doc, I seriously considered "God Bless the U.S.A.", but I had trouble visualizing a way to sequence it so didn't use it. I ended up using mostly Sousa marches. They are fairly easy to sequence. I have 48 channels. The elements I am using are a 5'x8' U.S. flag (PVC pipe frame with lights) (Inside the frame is also a "USA" in red so I can either turn on the flag or the USA), 6 mini trees in red, white and blue, a starburst pole, 9 strings on the ground in a fan shape beginning at the flag, three arches, and a string on the eaves. The show is about twenty minutes in length. Here is my line-up: America the Beautiful, as an intro with voiceover. Star Spangled Banner, an almost barbershop vocal rendition. If You Knew Sousa, a medley of a few of his marches. Fanfare For the Common Man Mt. McKinley Washington Post Taps, a beautiful version with bugle and orchestra with voiceover. (A tribute to our fallen soldiers.) Yankee Doodle, with voiceover to end the show. There it is; all of my secrets in one fell swoop. Santa Don:santasmileyitty:
  8. Speaking of Santa and tractors, the year before last I got a four foot inflatable Santa and put him on my Kubota 7510 tractor in the front yard. The tractor was decorated with lights. It has a front loader which had some gift wrapped boxes in it. Had quite a few postiive comments. I didn't do it last year because I became a professional Santa and absolutely didn't have time to do any decorating at all. I love being Santa, but will cut back a little this year since I am going to animated lighting. Santa Don
  9. I am thinking of doing a show for July 4th. Does anyone here do this and do you have some video I can watch. I have some definite ideas and have already downloaded some good patriotic music for sequencing. Edited to say that I found the July 4th thread. dg Thanks, Santa Don
  10. Started this January with 32 channels but decided very quickly that it wasn't enough for a decent show, so added another 16 for a total of 48 channels. Probably add at least 16 more next year. The bad part is, I already had several songs sequenced for 32 and now I will have to re-do them. Oh well, it was great practice.
  11. 50 deg. here in the Houston area at midnight. Supposed to be mid 60's tomorrow. B-r-r-r-r. Santa Don
  12. The display looks great.... AND is that a ham's vertical antenna I see behind the house? Santa Don (NV5X)
  13. Roman, I tried to pm you, but nothing showed up in the sent files. I am a newbie with controllers and no lights. Caught the blinky blinky fever just after post Christmas sales were over and badly in need of lights. I'll take whatever you have left and figure a way to use them. You also mentioned used lights. What do you have available? Zip 77521. If you will, email me at [email protected] Thanks, Santa Don
  14. Newbie here. I've been lurking for a week or so, and I am hooked big time. So far, I have two Renard 16 boards and downloaded Vixen. I am wondering if there is a good source for mini lights at a decent price. I need several strings and colors and extension cords. Obviously, I am starting out small. As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short and got the bug after all of the big after Christmas sales. Thanks in advance for your help. Santa Don
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