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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 wbuehler

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  • Birthday 12/08/1974

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  • Location
    Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • Biography
    Hello All

    I have always had static displays until last year when we went animated with the use of Lynx controllers. I got hooked when I saw Wayne's display down here in North Carolina. I have not been able to stop since and the family is looking forward to having a bigger display this year.
  • Interests
    Christmas Light Controllers, and animated animated Christmas lights.
  • Occupation
    Network Administrator
  • About my display
    2008 was a little over 48 Amps and contained a little over 12,000 lights, using 3 Lynx Express controllers, 7 SSR4 controllers, and 1 Lynx controller all running DMX.

    2009 is still in planning.
  1. Paul, Thanks for doing this. There is a note on the pricing sheet that says must be bought in Qty of threes but pricing is listed as per item. So does this mean that the costs listed are for each? Or for the group of three. Thanks Bill
  2. I use a DIY controller but this was my first year with the M6 LED's they dim very well. They look great. Bill
  3. Sweet, I can use these as well, Will they be the same as last year, and be able to be dimmed. I bought the red net lights last year and they have worked great. Bill
  4. OK Thanks for the update. I hope that you are able to find one, as I really want to change mine out. Thanks Again Bill
  5. Sorry to post this question again, but will the LED net lights be available? I have 25 of the old school mini ones that I would like to change out. Thanks Bill
  6. Paul, Will you have the net lights again? Thanks Bill
  7. wbuehler

    TN Mini Pictures

    Here are some pics from the TN Mini. I have a zip file of much more but due to size cannot upload it. Thanks again to all for having the event. Bill
  8. Hello All I would like to attend. Thanks for doing this. Bill
  9. Thanks to all. I had a great time. Hopefully I was not too boring. Bill
  10. lowinhz I will be bringing two projectors with me. Bill
  11. I and my wife will be at the Mini. Thanks for doing this. Bill
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