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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 decoRator

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    Hartselle, Alabama
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    Married w/grandkids who love our Christmas lites. We participate in the local Christmas boat parades and decorate around the house too.
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    Boating & fishing mostly but a little of everything.
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    Legal Assistant
  • About my display
    At home this year we only put out our new Gemmy Light Show Trio, the wire/bulb trees. They worked great on the boat for the parade on Dec. 6 but not so great out in our yard on Dec. 24. For some reason, the colors just went berzerk and we returned it to the store. I want another for next year tho!

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  1. I have siding also and use the "tuck under the J channel" method around my garage doors. Haven't tried it on the windows tho as I hang LED wreaths on the shutters. When I make the change over to full LEDS I plan to outline the windows and doors then.
  2. I heard you can rub Vicks on the bottom of your feet for that nagging bedtime cough. Haven't tried it tho and hope I don't have to. BTW, our neighbor's cats keep our squirrels away.
  3. I bought a carton of the Snowflakes in Motion and really like them. I cascade all 12 down a tree trunk in my display. If I recall, at the time the cost was $65 per carton of 12 pieces. That = $5.41 per flake.
  4. First year was mostly static items with an animated RWG mega & 8 RWGB mini trees, 9 songs. 2010 show was the same except added 12 animated Snowflakes in Motion cascading down a big tree trunk and a few more static items. 2011 will see blue lights added to mega, revising old songs, adding a couple of new songs, and replacing icicles with roofline LEDs.
  5. We don't burn our used Christmas trees down here in the South. We put them outside to dry out and sink 'em under our boat docks to attract crappie, bream, etc., for some great dock fishing! My 2010 tree is still laying in the yard, 2/3 of it is still green.
  6. We put up our decorations this year and on the first night as we watched the show kick off, we see our first visitors - we counted 6 cats from the neighborhood walking around in the yard, sniffing and checking out all the lights. We thought it was kinda weird but I guess it must be a cat thing.
  7. Sounds more like what I'm looking for as I would want them to last a long time. Why are they called "retro fits"?
  8. We had 7 inches of snow on Jan. 9-10. Our 15 ys old granddaughter wanted to borrow a tube and all we had was a big inflatable that we pull behind the boat. I videoed my grandaughter & friends "snow tubing". They had a blast! (Hope the link still works - if not go to youtube and search "Snow Day Tubing Vid 1") Warning! It's over 8 min.long.
  9. I saw some C9 LEDs at Sam's Club before Christmas in multi & white for $9.99/25 ct. Don't remember the vendor but might have been GE. The display looked kinda dull but probanbly would inside a lighted building but when I went back after Christmas - nada - all were gone. Just wondering if anybody bought some and how did they look and hold up on your roofline for instance? Did they dim okay?
  10. North Alabama (Decatur/Hartselle) woke up to our first "White Christmas" since 1963, 47 years since it actually "began" snowing on Christmas day. WOW! It was beautiful. I was so happy I took my camcorder outside and videoed all the way around my house and youtubed the video to everybody I knew. I also videoed my LOR show that evening in case just it never gets to perform in Christmas day snow again & will post some video later. Sun is out now so I guess our Christmas snow be gone by the end of the day. Pooooh!
  11. I have noticed that one of my 9 songs is doing that this year. Not sure where it is but I think there is a checkbox or button or something in the Hardware Utility (controller tab maybe) that will allow you to speed up the signal by 1/10th second or so. Useful for folks running lots of controllers. I've not used it but it might be something to look into. The directors are picky about the SD cards they "get along with." Might be that. I'm not sure either about the largest mb card the director will work with. Also, I think there is a mp3 director firmware update that might allow more brands to be used besides Lexar. I didn't do the update since my director was already set up outside in the LOR controller when I found out about it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.
  12. I'm running 8 mini trees with 2 - 100 ct. incandescents, same solid color strands per tree (RWGB) - 2 trees per each of 4 channels. Looks great. Since I prefer a fuller tree, my mega uses 12 channels, 5 -100 ct. strands to a channel - total of 60 strands of RWG.
  13. Stores in Decatur cater to the "white light" enthusiasts in the historic SE and SW areas. I've noticed that lots more folks are decorating here this year. It's true out in the county where I live too. Folks are filling their yards with lights, inflatables, reindeer, etc. I live on a 2 mile long road and there are at least 8 well-decorated yards/houses. Right now I have the only animated/musical show. It's not a big show by any means, just a mega, 8 minis & 12 snowflakes in motion. I'm keeping my "how do you do that?" a secret so I don't have any competition. Just call me "Scrooge"!
  14. Have you tried re-programming the card with your sequences? Mine played the 9 shows okay for the first time then started only playing 4 of the 9 over and over. I re-programmed the card and it's working just fine so far.
  15. I use a silver sharpie and label the ends of each custom extension cord as such: 1-1-R which to me means: Controller # 1, Channel 1, Red; and so forth. My display is only 32 channels so I know exactly what each labeled cord goes to. This year's setup was alot easier than last years.
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