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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.

tazman

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About tazman

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  • Birthday 11/10/1957

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  • Location
    Harlem, Georgia
  • Biography
    Newbie LOR user
  • Interests
    Annimated XMAS displays, of course.
  • Occupation
    IT Instructor
  • About my display
    LOR 96 channels.35000 lights and counting.
  1. tazman

    July Sale

    Hey Paul, I goofed around and missed your sale. Will you put C7 and M6 strings on sale again for the '12 weeks of christmas' sale?
  2. I've finally figured out how to upload videos. I posted a few here if anyone is interested. http://vimeo.com/user5430193 Thanks
  3. I live in a small town so I normally get around 10 cars a night. Last night it jumped to well over 50. I lost count. Maybe closer to 100. All it took was a nice write up in the local paper. So if you really want a lot of traffic, invite a news crew over to see it. http://vimeo.com/user5430193
  4. Hello all from Harlem, GA Got mine up and finally debugged tonight. Only took 8 days this time.
  5. Same here. I got all the lights I ordered except the icicle lights.
  6. Yep. Norton went nuts and deleted it two seconds after the download completed.
  7. I bought a 4 camera system with a DVR from these guys: http://www.ezwatch-security-cameras.com/ezwatch-pro-features.php Cameras have metal housing, not plastic. Should last a long time. Day and night vision is great. Can get pricey though if you get the fancy cameras. I'm happy with the standard outdoor cameras. DVR was ready to go right out of the box. I went with the DVR because I didn't have a computer I wanted to dedicate to the security cameras. The Video Capture card appears to have more features though and costs less than a DVR. I waited until they had a decent sale before I bought it.
  8. I wear shoes. But that's just me.
  9. I couldn't find any reasonably priced razor wire so I'm bolting mine on half sheets of half inch plywood over a 2x4 frame. The frame will also be staked down. The only draw back is they will destroy the base of the inflatable before they can walk off with it. But I only have two.
  10. I bought a Dell and this is one of the first things I did to it: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download
  11. How is the alarm powered? Batteries? If so, how long do they last?
  12. I saw this in this mornings paper. Don't know if he's a PCer or not. Note that security lights do help. Link and the Story is below: (It's also my first attempt at posting) http://newstimes.augusta.com/stories/2009/11/01/new_553873.shtml Vandals don 't deter man 's holiday spirit By Valerie Rowell Staff Writer Harvey Hayes puts a lot of effort, money and pride into holiday displays at his Evans home. Jim Blaylock/Staff Harvey Hayes' Halloween display was vandalized at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday. He said a black Ford Expedition occupied by teenagers has been going past his house repeatedly. But after vandals attempted to destroy the Halloween display last weekend, he considered ending the musical dancing light show. "If it wasn't for my wife, it would be in the trash can right now," Hayes said. "That's how fed up I was." At nearly 4 a.m. Oct. 25, Hayes' wife was up with their sick daughter when she heard noises in front of the Hardy Point Drive home. She saw a black Ford Expedition parked out front with teens inside and a teen girl ripping decorations out of the yard. Hayes said his wife yelled and threatened to call the police. "They just laughed and took off," Hayes said. "When she woke me up, I was livid." Hayes, an electrical engineer, spent hours meshing about $5,000 worth of equipment and materials into a hand-crafted display that dances to his own private radio broadcast. "We can make those lights do anything we want," Hayes said, adding his Halloween decorating started 14 years ago with two real pumpkins and alternating flashing lights. The music, which includes Michael Jackson's Thriller , and themes from The Addams Family , the Saw movies and Halloween films, is played through speakers until 9 p.m., but the lights continue their dance. The music can still be heard from radios set to 106.5 FM. The only permanent damage to the display was a cracked sign. Other decorations were kicked over or tossed around the yard, Hayes said. Hayes started recreating the display after the Columbia County sheriff's deputy left in the early morning hours. But the Hayes family hadn't seen the last of the vandals. Hayes' 9-year-old daughter, Stephanie, spotted the same black SUV stopped at the home. When they saw her, Hayes said the SUV sped away. The vehicle returned again early the next morning while Hayes was still awake, but sped away when the home's security lights came on. Hayes said with the large displays on July Fourth, Halloween and Christmas, he's used to seeing vehicles drive by to enjoy the light displays. But on Tuesday, a teen girl stopped to talk to him, anonymously. "She said on Monday morning at Evans High School, the only discussion going on in the halls was the destruction of my Halloween display," said Hayes. But the vandalism isn't the first. A few years ago, after an alarm in one of his outdoor light control panels went off, Hayes said he saw a man with a knife cutting his wires. "These guys were stealing copper cable thinking they could make some money," Hayes said. But the occasional negative attention doesn't seem to discourage Hayes. Some neighbors have even offered money to help defray the costs of the display. Hayes said he simply asks them to donate to the "It's Spooky to be Hungry" food drive or a charity of their choice. "It is still a lot of fun," Hayes said. "I do it to try to cheer people up or remind them now is a good time that if they've got some good merit, to share it with others."
  13. There are a lot of them. http://www.ask.com/web?qsrc=178&o=0&l=dir&dm=all&q=black%20friday%20sales
  14. Usually its on the box or at least on the tag near the plug. But I don't have one of those so.....
  15. I have it. Actually two different ones. Send me a PM with your email address.
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