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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.

vipzach

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About vipzach

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  • Birthday 09/06/1974

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    Choctaw, OK
  • Biography
    I work in IT. Been married for 11 years and have 2 kids.
  • Interests
    boating
  • Occupation
    IT
  • About my display
    Always been static, but plan to go animated this year!

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  1. I use RGB lights from http://www.seasonalentertainmentllc.com/rainbowwallrunner.htm I don't use any of the DMX stuff, just a DC controller. I haven't upgraded to S3, I'm still using S2.
  2. I just had a couple mini trees get blown around and my tune to sign was bent over. All was easily fixed.
  3. Just go to your Light-O-Rama\Sequences folder and and attach the files to your email. If you have a bunch, you can copy them to a separate folder, then zip it and send it that way.
  4. Where? I just looked at his page and can't find a link to download or buy it. Nevermind, I found. You have to click on the bandcamp link. http://brianfitzy.bandcamp.com/
  5. They have some very nice looking door covers. Would like to hear how it turns out for the OP.
  6. The pumpkin arch you have as a pic on your FB page is pretty cool!
  7. Sorry, we could not locate the page you are requesting to view. Please click here to return to the community index View New Content has also been weird for me. Sorry, no new content found.
  8. If you want more than 9,000 lights, you could go with all LED. LED would bump it way up. As for the music, yes, you can sequence any song that you want. The new Super Star program can sequence the lights for you, but takes some learning to get all of it's features. I am not good a sequencing and I am thinking about getting the Super Star. I want to add a mega tree to my display.
  9. Wow, he had a wonderful display! Sad to hear of his passing!
  10. I came here to find out when the next meet was happening. I'm disappointed and sorry that I missed it!!
  11. I really hope that I can make it this year! Went two years ago and thought it was great.
  12. IIRC, you can test individual units with the hardware utility. Using the verify-er might work also.
  13. vipzach

    Led Advice

    These spools are 200 count and 49.7 ft. I plan to scan the receipts and keep them on the computer. I would love to buy from one of our supporting vendors, but since I'm un-employed, it isn't easy to buy them by the case.
  14. vipzach

    Led Advice

    The time has come for me to start replacing lights in my display. The incandescents have been used for a couple years and need to be replaced. Since my display is not huge, we decided we wanted to start getting LED lights. We were at Lowes the other day and bought a spool of GE C-6 LEDs. GE lights were $34 and the Holiday Time were $29. I only went with the GE because it said it had a 3 year warranty. I didn't see on either package if they were full wave of half. Both spools seemed about the same brightness. Did I make the right choice? Any reason why one is better than the other? Thanks, Zach
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