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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.
  • Location
    usa
  • Biography
    There is only one reason for going all out on Christmas.....my kids.
  • Interests
    My family, Christmas lights and remodeling
  • Occupation
    Aerospace engineer....not really it just sounds good
  • About my display
    Computerized Christmas Display w/96 channels.

    I've been watching the boards at PC for years and have learned some valuable tips and tricks. Never really had much of a desire to post considering all the negative comments. Finally jumped in this past year after reading some threads I knew about.
  1. You might want to start out small with 48 channels and see how it goes. Leave the rest of your display static. Sequence a few songs and build from that each year. Try to add channels in multiples of 8 or 16 to avoid splitting up channels between controllers (if LOR). If after the first year you don't like it, you haven't lost a ton of money. If you do like it then be prepared to spend a ton of money.
  2. There were some really cool displays done to Ghosts n Stuff this past year. ...we also used Van Helsing's Curse Tubular Hell. Two very kick butt halloween songs.
  3. Many people to thank for the ideas and tech support. This song was my kids favorite to watch after working on it with them all year. Since this is our city of Saratoga Springs 150 year of horse racing, Gary Lipps' carousel horse idea was perfect for the display. The CCR star has been in the display many years but always hand sequenced. After using SS to sequence the star this year it certainly made it come to life.
  4. Just a heads up, I've tried leaving channels full on for static scenes but after a while the channels kick off at the controller. Rather than diagnose the issue I just went to a mechanical timer and separate lights.
  5. Is the RS485 plugged in, regardless of whether or not you are using it?
  6. Very nice, great to see a display filled with a festive spirit.
  7. Something different for this year, the video game is like crack to school kids.
  8. Just curious where we ended up on these? Any more takers?
  9. These look great, was looking for information like this. Thank you for posting.
  10. +1, never hurt mine, even have UPS (they're cheap enough now)
  11. Use the same pattern but instead of zip ties I use bread ties, you can get a whole spool in the garden center for a couple bucks and they last for years, easier to remove as well. For the tree top I zip tie the SPT wire to a "S" hook and hook it around one of the hook head supports. Again it's easier to remove. Started with almost 100 strobes but the failure rate is high. Putting strobes under the eves look nice as well and they last longer.
  12. Good to know, almost placed an order this week but not ready for them yet. Keep us posted.
  13. They are held upright with a 2x2 pressure treated stake. The 2x2 comes 8' long from the lumber yard and was cut down to (3) 32" sections, then an angle cut on one end. Two screws hold them on which are painted over. We have the same weather here, October is a rainy month and occasionally snow on Halloween.
  14. Pumpkin Tower.... A few things here.... http://www.saratogalights.com/Halloween.htm
  15. These are not lighted except by flood light but they are wood. Moved away from foam to get more life out of them. Painted with gray porch and floor enamel then lightly sprayed with $2 black spray paint.
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