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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.

Duaneinva

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About Duaneinva

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  • Birthday 08/03/1967

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    http://www.staffordchristmaslights.com

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  • Location
    Stafford, Va
  • Biography
    Married to fellow LOR addict/enabler -- and couldn't be happier!
  • Interests
    Computers, networking, and sequencing/listening to Christmas music.
  • Occupation
    Network Administrator, School System
  • About my display
    2008-48 Channel LOR/2500 Lights.
    2009-208 Channel LOR/15000 LEDs.
  1. I have a box coming with what should be the last parts of my order... tomorrow! A little nerve racking, but I will finally be able to start working on the rest of the stuff. Seeing that I am moving locations and have everything already planned for the lights that are in these boxes ... tomorrow is the do or die decision date as to what I need to do, especially this late.
  2. I just received a fully shipped email notification a few hours ago, so it looks like I'll be ready to get started with the light layout by next weekend. ...and so it begins....
  3. I got a UPS shipping email this past Saturday but no updated shipping status on the site other than "ready to ship" on the site and "Billing Information Received" from the UPS notification. It is starting to get a little close, as my venue has changed from my small house to a much larger house/yard (my parents' house) and preparation is anxiously awaiting the lights...
  4. I am still waiting on mine -- but it is *not* Jeremy's fault. My Paypal account got hacked into, the day after I paid for the DVD last week. Unfortunately, that transaction got caught up in the Paypal investigations, but that has been taken care of, so I'll finally get to see everything soon, including how my display looks....
  5. I paid/ordered for mine earlier today (shades of the LOR Secret-sale )
  6. From me, a newbie who has inundated himself by listening to every Christmas song I can get my hands on, the ones I will nto even listen to, much less consider sequencing: Any Santa Baby.. rendidtion. Any John lennon songs - I like the music, but as Christmas songs, they don't do it for me. O holy night -- songs that slow, even though they are traditional, I think even I would get tired of the proverbial 25 second fades that long over and over again. Grandma got run over... It was funny the first few times I listened to it as a kid, but to do it as a sequence, err.. no.
  7. It definitely has a good rhythm and bee-bops well. I look forward to having fun with it in a few months when I start thinking about the Halloween things I'll do...
  8. Didn't you know I got the "Bugs Bunny" shipping method? "Package for Bugs Bunny".... or was that the Wile E Coyote shipping method -- drop letter in mailbox and here comes an ACME truck 1/2 second later.
  9. She was right by my side while I discussed the small final details about the order, so yes, she knows that big boxes are coming in during late summer. Guess we'd better move the existing Christmas stuff to make room for them
  10. My order is in -- I shudder to think what 9,000 lights looks like in UPS boxes...
  11. I thought I'd never see "sheep" and "LED Lights" mentioned in the same sentence. Now I know I've seen everything
  12. If you use a service like Endicia or other e-postage service, they can print the forms, etc for you so you don't have to necessarily stand in line to send it. My wife has an online DVD business where she sends DVDs to lots of people overseas, and all she has to do is drop off the mail in a mailbox (as long as it is e-postage).
  13. Last year I used 0.10 timings for everything. This year, I am going with 0.05 for the main track, and sub-divided tracks for the various musical sections (first time I'm using tracks). Using a set of good headphones makes a big difference. My first sequencing project this year is Dueling Jingle Bells -- and the headphones help a LOT with hearing the nuances and stuff that you just don't hear out of a computer's speakers. Plus it keeps DW from going crazier than we already are. Doing half speed playback and slower helps with a lot of the very very fast decisions in there as well.
  14. The audio snippet on the Amazon preview does not have the opening with the children's choir singing. I just pulled out my USB drive with all of my my Christmas music on it and verified that Track 8 of "The Chrismtmas Attic" does have that intor. Now, don't get this song confused with "Christmas Canon Rock" by TSO -- same tune with a "slightly" different result :121_reindeer:
  15. There is a check box in the lower right hand side called 'Layering (off)'. Check it so that it says 'Layering (on)'. Then you can place lights on top of each other. As far as the icicle lights not having green, I ran into that. I had to make do with using individual lights in the same pattern for green icicle lights. I made a feature request for HLD and that is one of the improvements that should be in the next version, whenever that comes out.
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