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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.

Danny D'Andrea

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About Danny D'Andrea

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  • Birthday 04/01/1954

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  • Location
    Thomasville, Al
  • Biography
    I am 55 and have been working for the same company for 35 years, have some electrical (trade)and electronic background (hobby), married with 2 children (both grown)
  • Interests
    I enjoy working with my hands - My wife and I have re-modeled 8 homes in 12 years. But in the last 3 been working on Christmas lighting. The last 3 years have played Santa, enjoy seeing the looks on the children and the adults.
  • Occupation
    Manager for last 17 years been working for same company for 35 years.
  • About my display
    First year with LOR - the last 2 years I used 3 Mr. Christmas music boxes (total of 18 channels)with 10,000 lights - Icicle light, lights on post, door, hedges and roof, pond with 4 lighted deer, 2 deer eating corn, peg board x tree (644 lights 40" tall) 2 10 ft X-Trees, 12 mini trees, cutout waving Santa, and fireman with water hose and a fire pit with fire. This year want to add arches, more mini trees, stick tree. My wife surprised me with 4 light-o-roma boxes (64 channels),
  1. Thanks, for the comments, I love the suggestions. I am planning on using 2 LOR 16 channel boxes, it is going to take at least 12 channels for the snowballs and take 7 channels per snowman. So far I am up to 26 channels, but I have to make sure I say under 32 channels. I do like the thought of using a an arch with mini light to move the snowball from side to side. As soon as I can get the snowman, arch built and the program the channels, I will try and post some pictures. Below is one of my drawings (not fancy) but it should give everybody the idea. Snowball fight 2011.pdf Hoped it worked
  2. I am fairly new to responding to things in the forum, I been reading for 3 years. The knowledge on this forum is unbelieveable. I have been thinking about making 2 snowman having a snowball fight over my driveway this year. On paper, it looks like it will work. I will be making them in the next couple off weeks, but would like some input before I start. Has anybody tried to build a spinning Snowman. I am planning on building 2 Snowman having a snowball fight, and when the snowball hits a snowman, it will spin (lights only). I was thinking of using 1/4' round and make 3 rings for bottom (36"), 3 rings for the middle (24")and 3 rings for the head (1 foot). On each ring set the 2 inter rings at a 45 degree angle from the main ring. I am hoping this will give me a spinning effect. Has anybody tried this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I had a 1 - 12 foot, 6 - 6 foot, and 6 - 3 foot, on the 6 and 3 foot tree, I used 1/2 sch 40, I did not glue them, I did use them as a pattern, I can store it either flat or I can leave it in a circle. I centered it on the pole and had already calculated the spacing, so I only had to stake the lights at the mark on the pvc. Having the pattern, it took me about an hour to setup the 12 trees, great time saver. Hope this helps
  4. I missed out, I did not realize how fast it was going to go. Summer sale here I come.
  5. First year using mini trees - hugh hit. Had 15 trees with large tree on house. each tree had its own channel. Here is a picture of my Tomato Cage trees - Material for each tree 1 - 3' Tomato Cage 2 - 100 Ct mini lights (total 200) 1 - 3" of 1" PVC (for topper - the 3 ends at top go inside of PVC - (have 1/2" cut 1" long, this keeps the lights from touching the metal. Zip ties at bottom ring. I use electrical tape to keep the topper from sliding down. I start stinging from the top (electrical tape first light) then go through slit down, zip tie to bottom, move over 2 1/4" zip tie, then go up through slit to other side and repeat. 2 Ct Strings with go up and down 16 times. I cut the plug off and add wire to extend plug 16 ft. Rain cause GFI to trip - had to add bottom to keep it off the ground - to more trips. PM me if you have any questions. It took me 30 minutes from start to finish and this includes soldering strings together..
  6. I am in Thomasville, Al (North Clarke County), first year with LOR's, 2007 we head 1 Mr. Christmas (6 channels), in 2008 we had 3 Mr. Christmas's (18 channels). Had a hard time in keeping them sync, this year my wife purchased me 4 LOR's (64 channels). I am having a blast. Keep posting your questions, have learned a lot, but I have a long way to go.
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