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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.
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  • 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.

LightsNXS

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About LightsNXS

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  • Birthday 08/04/1973

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All of them!
  • Location
    Springdale, AR
  • Biography
    I have been fascinated by over the top Christmas light displays since I was a teenager. Now, I'm obsessed with Halloween too.
  • Interests
    Work, car racing, halloween and Christmas.
  • Occupation
    Software consultant
  • About my display
    Light-o-rama 48 channel, approx. 20,000 bulbs, several inflatables and some wire frames.
  1. We are excited to announce the first ever Northwest Arkansas Holiday Expo! The event will be Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale, AR. The NWA Holiday Expo will feature: Over 80 area and regional exhibitors showcasing holiday decorating, unique gifts, crafts, holiday catering and many others! Delicious holiday treats, cookies, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and much more! Instructional classes on holiday art projects, Christmas lighting, dessert making and more! Gift wrapping for all of your holiday gift purchases! A walk-through Winter Wonderland for the whole family! And much more! This show is intended more for the general consumer than hardcore Christmas decorators, so don't expect a Christmas Expo or Academy, but if you are in NW Arkansas, NE Oklahoma, SW Missouri or SE Kansas, it will be well worth your while to attend. The event is still evolving and coming together, so if there is something you'd like to see and there is enough demand, we'll definitely consider it, so drop me a line. For more information on exhibiting or attending the event, visit the event website at www.nwaholidayexpo.com.
  2. I'm looking for a Large Santa and Sleigh Blowmold. Life size if possible. Has anyone ever seen such a blowmold or know who might make one?
  3. Related question, this year we've added to the number of lights on the ground. In the past we only had a problem with GFIs tripping during or immediately after rain. This year it seems that even a couple of days after rain, the GFIs will trip, but the weird part is that the ground lights will run for about 2 hours before it trips. Has anyone experienced this? I have child proof caps on the open outlets and have made sure all conntections are tight and there are no frayed cords.
  4. hey , just wondering if you ever started your decorating service yet , i have been at it for 7 years now , and there is nothing in the world that could take the place of turning a customer into a 6 year old when they see there display for the 1st time.

    anything i can help you with just let me know , good luck roger

  5. I've been using LED C9s for 3 years. Started off with some generic ones, but for 2009 bought some Dimmable bulbs from Creative Displays and they look great, nice and bright and work perfectly with LOR. http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=442
  6. Hi markpz. Looks like you are near Little Rock. Am I the only member up here in Northwest AR?
  7. Same here in Northwest Arkansas. Looks like the Christmas season has officially begun.
  8. How do you attach the lights to your house?
  9. In reference to the dripping icicle tubes, can someone explain to me why this would be? It would seem to a relative novice that if you were just using the LOR to turn them on and off that it would be no different than being connected to any other switched circuit. Thanks.
  10. I found these cool Philips LED snow flakes. The one one the left in the pic are 4 to a string, 2 blue, 2 white, 12 LEDs per snow flake and have numerous effects (fade, chase, twinkle, etc.) The one on the right is a 42" snow flake with 90 LEDs. I found these at the nearby Bentonville, AR Target. Which began a day long quest for these on Saturday. By the end of the day we were in Tulsa about 100 miles from here and had hit 6 Target stores. Final Haul: Small 4 Snowflake strings: 20 Large 42" snowflakes: 22 Medium 17" (not pictured) snowflakes: 14 Thank goodness they were 50% off! Planning on covering the house with these next year. If anyone has or comes across some of these I need a few more.
  11. I bought mine here: http://shop.christmascentral.com/items/item.aspx?itemid=6230794 They are a little pricey but these have 200 lights as opposed to the 150 that you find at most stores. And I've only been able to find 1 ot 2 multi color ones and they sometimes have a white star and sometimes multi, so ordering them was the only way I could make sure I had 8 matching ones. They are a little flimsy. My suggestion is to forget the little plastic base. I drive the actual center rod about a foot into the ground. It turns a 6 ft tree into a 5 ft tree, but it does hold it pretty securely. I also add a few extra stakes around to the bottom for added stability. We have large open field to the west of our house and get some pretty strong wind and they have held up pretty well. Here's a picture of the ones I bought off of the site above (the tall ones). Hope this helps.
  12. Here are some pictures of our Halloween display this year. Used a single 16 channel LOR to control lighting. We had the house illuminated with red lights and then a combination of white lights and stobes to simulate lightning, all sequenced to a thunderstorm soundtrack. You can also view a video at http://www.vimeo.com/7367362. A couple of interesting notes. The tombstones are all made from concrete using molds we bought off of Ebay. We had gone the traditional styrofoam tombstone route in previous years but I was tired of them blowing over. The skelatal mummy is home made. We used paper mache over a wood frame and then wrapped it with tea stained muslin fabric. Skull is a regular 'bucky' skull from Anatomical Chart Company modified with LEDs in the eye sockets. There's a speaker in the mouth wired to a voice changer and the mouth itself is opened and closed remotely with parts from a remote control car but technical glitches prevented that from working this year.
  13. Seems to be 2 threads on this topic, see http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=35659. There was a post there that these items might be on back order. I had ordered 16 of them this morning. Just called Harbor Freight and was informed that they are on back order for approximately 1 month. Needless to say, I cancelled my order since I will need them starting the day after Halloween. I found out the hard way, that if you have ordered them in less than the past 24 hours, you have to call 800-423-2567 and select option 1 for new orders to cancel the order. If its been more than 24 hours, then call 800-444-3353 to cancel your order.
  14. I had ordered 16 of them this morning. Just called Harbor Freight and was informed that they are on back order for approximately 1 month. Needless to say, I cancelled my order since I will need them starting the day after Halloween. I found out the hard way, that if you have ordered them in less than the past 24 hours, you have to call 800-423-2567 and select option 1 for new orders to cancel the order. If its been more than 24 hours, then call 800-444-3353 to cancel your order. Confusing, yes.
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