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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.

chad.pacey

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About chad.pacey

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  • Birthday 10/25/1984

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  • Location
    DeKalb County, IL
  • Biography
    Proud father. Cubs fan.
  • Interests
    Baseball, Christmas lights.
  • Occupation
    Inside Sales
  • About my display
    Changes to year to year as we hop apartments and find a place to settle down. Try to incororate lights, blowmolds, plywood cutouts and freestanding decorations.

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  1. One of the reasons I haven't jumped in already is because of my lights. I'm at the 5000 mark, and I want to have enough lights to really make a difference from the Mr. Christmas box I'm using now. (That box is very tempermental it seems, having trouble keeping it operating.) If I can solve the issues I'm having with Mr. Christmas, I think I'm really at a good point with that right now. (Honestly, better than any other house with a Mr. Christmas box I've seen.) Once I get the lights to add new channels to my mini trees, mega tree, house, etc. I will definately be ready for the LOR leap. Adding 8 mini trees this year to the front yard, I did utilize the "old light string extension cord" trick, which worked wonders. Since it sounds like I have a little time before any LOR sales, I'll have consider if I want to add LOR this year? Or x,xxx new lights to the display? It will be a fun debate! Thanks for the info. From the feeback I've received, and community involvement on the web, I know once I go LOR, it'll be a good experience. Chad
  2. I'm thinking about getting into the LOR world. A few questions.... Could I expect LOR to offer some sort of winter sale or something, where I might want to hold off buying anything right now? Would love to hear why I should choose LOR over other similar products. And lastly, if I were to start programming music next month, do I really need to know what my layout is going to look like now? Or is it possible to have a general idea, program off that, and then tinker with the layout as Christmas gets closer? Thanks, looking forward to reading replies! I think this jump will cause a big splash! Chad
  3. chad.pacey

    South Elgin

    I just wanted to give a shout out to anyone on here in South Elgin, both Juniper Lane and the Foxmoor/Wildmint circle! Many very nice displays, and so easy to just idle down the street and enjoy! I like the theme of the 3ft north poles up and down the entire length of Juniper Lane, and the arches at both locations! Keep up the good work and we'll definately be back next year! Chad
  4. I ended up snipping the speaker wire and adding red/white male and female connections to each, which is also what my FM transmitter has. It has allowed me to switch from speaker to FM simply, but I can't have both at once. The problem I am having (and I had this problem before I did the FM transmitter mod) is that as soon as the temp drops (think high 20's overnight), the box stops working correctly. Either it will play one song and stop (power's on, but no light or music output) or it will show the lights correctly, but the music will sound very choppy. If the temp stays in the 30's or higher....no problems. I even moved the box into an encosed porch (still no heat), and same problem. I'm thinking of just buying a new one and hoping the problem was a fluke with this unit I have now. Does any other users have this problem? The other issue is that you can't just leave the switch on and operate on a timer.....has anyone found a way around this? Sorry to sabatoge your thread.....it just isn't easy getting many LASOC user's eyes in the same place too often.
  5. Galvanized pipe Is black steel pipe. It is just a galvanized coating for cleanliness and some corrosion resistance.
  6. I think the little girl in The Santa Clause once said "Seeing isn't believing....believing is seeing!".
  7. Does everyone wrap their tomato cages around? Does anone wrap their cages from top to bottom? I'm worried of not wrapping with enough consistency going around and around and around, and think that maybe going from top to bottom will allow me to more easily get a uniform coverage. Thanks,
  8. Would it be easier to find out the problem was a correct this? So it works normally on an analog timer? What you suggest sounds easy enough, but I know I'd screw it up. I found this online, and hope that it ends up being what my problem is. "This is a low voltage transformer that feeds the lights. Unplug all the light strings that are currently plugged in. You most likely have voltage to outlets but a shorted light string can pull the low voltage power down to nothing so the other light strings won't light. Pull all, then plug in one at a time until one shuts the rest down. That's the bad one."
  9. I'd be okay with an analog timer if I could find one that had intervals at less than 15 minutes........
  10. Or leave the Budweiser on and go for some sponsorship perks!! Nice find.
  11. chad.pacey

    Santa Face

    Santa's got a tan! That is what mine looks like as well. Maybe not quite that dark, but close. (I haven't seen it in 7 months!) Chad
  12. Hi all, I have a Mr. Christmas Lights and Sounds of Christmas. My goal is to leave the switch on, and let the timer turn it on and off every ***ht. Last year I had a problem with it only playing 1 song and stopping, or not even starting up at all. I did a little research, and don't think I was the only one having this problem. One solution for someone else was using a digital timer, and turning the box on and off 4 or 5 times over the course of the first 15-20 seconds, essentially resetting (?) the control box. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good digital timer that would allow me to do that kind of quick turnover that won't break the bank. Thanks, Chad
  13. chad.pacey

    Candy Canes

    That looks great....And I bet it looks just as good in daylight with no lights on. Very nice.
  14. I was given a fair amount of large socket strands of lights....old ones, many of which don't work anymore....all C7/C9s. Am I correct in saying these C7/C9 retrofit bulbs I'm seeing online can go right into these strands, turning these into new efficient strands of lights? I'm really not interested in re-using them if they are not LEDS, but if this is the case, they will be a welcome addition to 2012's display. Thanks, Chad
  15. I'm giddy with anticipation.....my first preorder will lead to a few new additions next winter....plus I've never spent this much at one time on any decorations!
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