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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 Jade

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  • Birthday 11/27/1968

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  • Location
    Titusville, FL
  • Biography
    Looking forward to spending the time required for next year's display.
  • Interests
    Listening to music. Vegan cooking.
  • Occupation
    Mech. Eng.
  • About my display
    Animated my Christmas lights for the first time Christmas 2009. Used 77 channels of Light-O-Rama to control three 6-ft pole trees, 8 mini trees, four 10-ft arches, and miscellaneous icicles, nets and C9s. All of my lights were LEDs except for some flood lights. I sequenced about 35 songs and had close to 90 minutes of music. For 2010 I plan on fine tuning my sequences, adding another 64 channels, new sequences, more color and a 10-ft mega tree.
  1. Below is the link to a video of my first attempt at using Hallowindow projections. I plan on sequencing my halloween lights with the video using Light-O-Rama. If anyone has sequenced this song (Sympathy For The Devil - Guns N' Roses) and is willing to share please let me know.
  2. Hi, if it's not too late please put me down for 1 on Saturday. Thanks, Jade
  3. Some of the rock songs I'm going to try and attempt to sequence for 2010 include excerpts from: Children of the Sun - Billy Thorpe I Love It Loud - KISS Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton Heavy Metal - Sammy Hagar Sirius - The Alan Parsons Project Moving in Stereo - The Cars Above - The Blue Man Group Right Now - Van Halen Eminence Front - The Who The Spirit Of Radio - Rush The Ides Of March - Iron Maiden Switch 625 - Def Leppard Pomp And Circumstance - Accept Time - Pink Floyd - Jade
  4. I was thinking about adding "Above" to my 2010 playlist. After seeing mnkyboy's video, I think I'm going to give it a try. Great job William, really enjoyed the video! - Jade
  5. Jade

    Thank You PC Members!

    Lenny, I also did a sequence to the theme song from "The Goonies". It may fit your Pirate theme. I played it before "He's a Pirate" and thought the two sequences went together very well. You can check my Goonies sequence out on vimeo at: http://www.vimeo.com/8494808 - Jade
  6. Jade

    Thank You PC Members!

    Thanks. I used 7 channels per arch. Each channel has 140 pure white M5 full wave LEDs. The arches are made from 10ft length of gray pvc and the ends of the arches are spaced 6ft apart.
  7. Jade

    Thank You PC Members!

    Thanks. If you're going to use LOR and it would help you any, I would be more than happy to share my sequence with you.
  8. Well, my first year of animating my Christmas lights was a huge success thanks to all of you. I spent countless hours last year lurking in the shadows reading your posts, watching your videos and visiting your websites to get ideas for my display. As a result I took 2nd place in my city's holiday decorating contest. I was able to borrow a friends camcorder and have posted videos of some of my sequences at: http://www.vimeo.com/user2847244/videos I've already started thinking about next seasons display. I plan on fine tuning my existing LOR sequences, and adding more colors, a small (10ft) mega tree and new sequences. Thanks again, Jade
  9. Here is a link to one of my sequences.
  10. My first post and my first attempt at an animated display. I have 80 channels of LOR in Titusville, FL 920 Cypress Oaks St. Titusville, FL 32780 Sun-Thur: 6pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 6pm-11pm
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