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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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  1. Anyone know where I could buy or get plans for 3 drumming soldiers (wireframe or otherwise) that can be controlled through light o rama and appear to be hitting their drums at different parts of the song? Need to be about 5 feet tall. I saw kind of what I am looking for on the LOR 2006 "staff favorite" video where the bear is singing a song, and the soldiers are playing instruments.
  2. I bought some blue 100 count minis last year from Menards, and the paint was flaked right off the bulbs by the time I took them down in spring. Good for one season anyway!
  3. Ross

    Snow Already!!!

    Looking out the window at one inch of snow (not the wet stuff either), with "enough to build a snowman or go sliding" with the next system in a couple days according to the weather man. She's a little nippy outside right now! Cords and lights get a little stiff and hard to unpack, but really, I wouldn't have it any other way. The white stuff really helps get a person in the mood for decorating!
  4. Thanks for the help. I will download it and convert to 192 Kbps.
  5. Anyone have a copy of the Epcot center "Reflections of Earth" song downloaded from a cd at 192 Kbps? I don't want to buy the whole cd, but would prefer the song to come from the cd and burned to mp3 at the 192Kbps that light-o-rama recommends. Reason for wanting it burned from the cd is for sound quality reasons. Otherwise, I realize I can get the song legally from a couple sites mentioned in other threads.
  6. I know what you mean about being overwhelmed! I have never done a mega-tree before on that scale either. I just finished putting up my 125 strings of lights, and learned a lot through the process. Hang in there. It will be worth it when you are done! It looks very impressive when finished, even in the daytime. Let me know if you have any questions you think I could help you with. One tip would be to test your lights before erecting them to the top. I had about 3 strings of the 125 that needed repair (even though they were new), and one of my zip-ties wasn't secured properly causing 3 strings of lights to fall down after I had my tree jacked up 23 feet (all part of the learning curve I guess). Even the slightest wind wants to grab your tree and lights also. I just kept moving my ground anchors toward the tree as I jacked it up so that the wind wouldn't blow it over. Looking back, I should have attached a chain to the ground stakes so that I could just unclip the guy wire and reattach it to a chain link closer to the tree as I jacked it up.
  7. Yes I am. I suppose you may be one of the few that would have realized what the arches on my garage roof were. They are new for this year. I also just finished hanging the lights on my mega tree (also new for this year). I'm trying to get the clear lights up now, and wait to put up any colored lights. The sun really seems to take the toll on them. I see you are out of Duluth. Didn't know there was a PC member so close! Nice to hear from you!

  8. It will get brittle in the cold (I used to lay a lot of pvc pipe in all sorts of MN weather), but if you bend them and put them up before it gets that cold, there shouldn't be a problem. If you try to bend the pipe 180 degrees in the extreme cold, it's going to break, especially considering your 10' pipe is going to have more of a bend/foot than other peoples 15'-20' arches.
  9. I feel the same way about the time available for sequencing. I will probably get my new lighting projects done, but the sequencing is what I'm worried about. Just finished pole, frame, and guy wires for my "monkhouse jump" mega-tree (now standing in my yard w/o lights), but waiting on a price for the 3-D Northstar from Christmaslightshow. Also, yesterday I just finished soldering and assembling the last of my 7 LOR controllers bought at the summer sale (I think next time I'll buy the boards pre-soldered). After I get the lawn mowed today, I'll start working on a means of putting my leaping arches on the garage roof. I don't care if people think I'm crazy by starting to put my lights out. I remember running out of time last year because all of my projects took longer than I estimated (which has proved to be the case again this year). It is also more pleasant working outside in 70 degrees than 10. Any of you other Minnesotans started yet?
  10. Funny thing is, I have a lot of gold and purple as well, but no white. I appreciate your offer though! Good news is, last night I wrapped the green, blue, and red 8 mm jumbo minis together with standard Target clear minis, and when they are lit, the clear minis look the same size (can't see a difference). Thanks for all your help! I think this will work.
  11. I want to put the 70 count strings of lights around my eves and roof lines in 3 colors and clear, but don't have the clear bulbs to match. I already have about 65 strings of each color, but no clear. The bulbs on these strings are a little larger than your typical 100 count mini strings (they almost look like jumbo minis), so if I used 100 count strings, it wouldn't look right. Can anyone help me out here? I think they were from Home Depot, and their website does not list any of these. Not sure if they will carry these again this year if that is indeed where they came from.
  12. I know what you mean about buying them when you have the chance. A few weeks ago, I found a really unique Mrs. Clause at a sale, and the owner told me another person just purchased the matching santa and left the Mrs. Clause. Needless to say, I bought the Mrs. Clause anyway. It's a shame to see them separated though. It looked like it had never been used, and very old. I picked up a couple of blowmolds as a Christmas decoration "package deal" a year ago (I didn't want them at the time), and now find myself mysteriously drawn to them, buying others when the opportunity presents itself. I don't think I will have the time or channels to incorporate my new arsenal of blowmolds into this years display, but it will happen... you can count on it!
  13. The best part of garage sale blow molds, is that most people put a higher price than they would settle for, and usually don't want to be stuck with them for another season. If the person is having a 2 day sale, you would be surprised at the deals you can get toward the end of the second day!
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