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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.

superiman

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About superiman

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  • Birthday 10/30/1964

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    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Biography
    a fix it kind of guy.
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    outdoors, biking, dogs
  • Occupation
    field service, medical IT
  • About my display
    bought a 4 channel intro unit last year(08). This year stepped up to LOR 16.

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  1. Hey, I am in Birmingham. This is my second year with 112 channels. I travel around north AL and may try to come and see your lights. I think that there are several in Huntsville. I hope it goes well. The Birmingham News came by to take pictures tonight. If you get to B'ham come by Hwy 119 and Millstone Road. Jim
  2. I made a three sided star. It is about 24" and goes on top of a 24' tree.
  3. Has anyone tried to use horizontal rings to keep the lights from sagging? I have a 24' tree with red, green, white and multi strings on it and the lights get pretty heavy. I had thought about using horizontal rings about every 2 feet would work really well. Any thoughts?
  4. This was my first year to use LED lights and I ordered around 200 strings of various lights in red, green, white and multi. Most of the lights went to a mega tree. I have lost 5 or so strings of the green and 1 of the multi colored. I got the LEDs so I would have less trouble with the strings but now I am starting to worry. If we are seeing this many failures so soon what does that mean for the future? Maybe the weak ones have failed and the others will last many years? I can hope. I notice on the Holiday Creations page they said that in the first year to go back to the vendor. Has anyone tried in the first year? Thanks, Jim
  5. We start ours on Thanksgiving night. It works out good with all the people out with kids after the Thanksgiving dinner. This year we jumped from 16 to 112 channels, lots of extra fun. Jim
  6. I need 2 strings of 50 count red and 50 count green LED lights. I need ones that work with LOR. Does anyone have 2 extra? Thanks,
  7. This was my first 'big' order of LED lights. I got three boxes of lights maybe two weeks ago and was just able to inventory them this weekend. Everything was highlighted except the spt wire and plugs. But when I started counting I was way short on the number of lights, like 50 of 150 strings. Since the packing list had all of the LED lights highlighted I was expecting them to be here. I sent an email Sunday night and still waiting for a response. Hopefully it will get resolved soon. I tested all of the lights that I got and they all worked OK. They look really good too.
  8. I agree, I did seem to be very late with not alot of time left before Christmas for people to find the light displays. Is there any hope that the paper will change this year? Jim
  9. I was ready and waiting for the sale. I got 4 controllers (ctb16pc). These with a whole lot of LED should make it a fun year this Christmas.
  10. Are there any left? Of the controllers I ment.
  11. Well we got the lights up for the grand lighting at Thanksgiving. Things went very good and it only took two days to get the light set up and then another day or two to get all the finishing touches done. This is the first year to use LOR. We got 16 channels, the wife wants 48 or more next year. I feel like a kid in the yard watching the lights flash. What fun.
  12. Hi Ya'll, I am just getting into the world of computerized lighting. Last year '08 we had a Mr Christmas and it was a lot of fun. This year I bought a 16 channel LOR set. So now I am learning how to senquence the lights and stuff. It should loads of fun.
  13. I would be intrested in a non RDS unit with group buy. Thanks,
  14. Does anyone have a good EDM fm transmetter for sale? I am looking for one and read that several people have upgraded to the newer LCD model. If anyone has one to sell please let me know. Thanks, a newbie
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