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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
    Christ Child
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    A State of Confusion
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    Love Christmas decorating and doing computerized christmas lighting
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    Lights, Skiing, Lights, Movies, Lights, Cars, Lights
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    Photo lab owner
  • About my display
    We are running approx 85,000 LED lights and 18 LOR controllers and 4800 channel pixel tree along with a video screen a singing tree quartet

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  1. Well it's a long story............The entire transaction took about 3 months going back and forth thru email .....the lady I worked with was quite nice her name was Ada, she was much more versed in English than I was in Chinese and I guess I had to do quite a bit of stretching the truth if you know what I mean!!!!! They really don't want to build only one so I had to do a lot of talking to convince them to do a Sample (per say). The final price wasn't too bad considering it's 20' high ($835.00) for one.......... that was the easy part then came time to ship it .....that was the killer .... I had to have it flown into Cleveland Airport the trucked to our business .....hard to believe ....... It was cheaper than having it shipped by freighter but the ship only goes to docks on the west coast and the it would have to continue here by truck which is approx 3000 miles........So, then the costs with shipping, tariffs, customs charges etc. it came to around $1200.00 ............From what I understand the shipping and others costs would have been about the same for more pieces that's why I wanted to do a group buy. So if anyone is still interested............. I can give you a link to the company in China 😀
  2. Yes it's been year, and since no one really showed any interest I just wnet and ordered 1 for myself
  3. I have singing tree quartet on coro , talking Santa and Rudy on coro, and all wired and framed ready to go 8- Gen3 LOR controllers with 2 Dangles each (to attach cat 5 cable) used only 2 seasons These were built by LOR and warranted by them Complete Mega Tree kit sold by Christmas Light Show Approx 200 C9 Strobes on C9 SPT strings and never used spares Red and White Candy Canes that could be used to attach in the ground or made into spinners Bethlehem Star W/ Lights 5 - 30" LED Snowflakes Incandescent....... 20 -100ct clear blinking lights (only a few blink intermittentently on each string very soft look) ............................................................................................................................................................................................. Sealed LED lights M5 Mini (Never used these were spares) Green _ 7-100ct ...6- 50ct..... 1-50ct ..........Red_1-50ct ....4-100ct.........Blue_ 1-50ct......3-100ct.............White_5-100ct ............................................................................................................................................................................................... Sealed LED lights C6 (Never used these were spares) Red_11-50ct...........White_10-50ct...........Green_10-50ct If interested please message me
  4. Well lets hope for the best, that all this doesn't happen.............We still have a way to go to meet the quota of 10 the response has been a lot slower than I had anticipated but when you look on line for purchasing 1 piece the cost is over 10 times what we will have to pay, so if we get nailed a few extra bucks were still much further ahead........I saw a vendor in Canada on google that was asking over 5K plus shipping for that unit...there are company's in the USA asking from $500 to 900 for units that were 5-6ft high ....so if this comes thru, this 17ft Santa will be a steal................ IMO
  5. Great that makes 3 of us only 7 more to go ......I will keep you informed as we progress
  6. I found this 17 ft. tall animated waving Santa (his hand waves back and forth as to say Hi) in a factory in China (of course...LOL) .....also the lights are Red And White LEDS.... I can get it for around $100.00 plus shipping the problem for me a minimum order is 10 of them So I was thinking maybe others might be interested in this piece also ...I think it would look fabulous to greet lookers coming to see our displays so I'm putting it out there to see if there might be enough interest from others to buy 10 pieces and share the cost. I figure around $100 for the piece and $600 total for shipping which wound be divided by 10 so our cost would be approx $160.00 .......To be clear the $600 shipping cost is FOB to me, you will have to pay shipping cost from me to you.
  7. YA!.Who wodda thunk it !!!!!
  8. Unfortunately............ HOW TRUE!!
  9. Ac682

    Good Morning!

    Do you still have the inflatable Santa?

     

    If so, does it light up very well?  Also, curious how much shipping might be.

     

    Thanks so much!!

  10. All I can say WOW!! You really out did yourself on your display this year Bill.......... Are Those pixels on the 8 Trees? Fantastic job of sequencing on them also.
  11. gmac

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    Let me know it there is a way ...........I'm confusd with this also
  12. I don't know why its right in the editor but won't post correctly
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