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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.


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    I just bought 3 LOR boxes and am programming them

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  1. So I am looking to share a room at one of the hotels. If you are interested please let me know and we can discuss what hotel would be good for us. Thanks Glenn
  2. I was planning to backpack a few days on the Appalachian Trail if I can find some transportation back to my start position. I normally do at least 10 miles a day so if anyone is interested in doing this please let me know.
  3. Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for.
  4. I was at the Christmas convention last year and I know that a few of the Vendors made a welded base for arches. It was a flat steel base with metal rods welded on. Does anyone know who sells these or have you made your own. It was very sturdy and easy to set up.
  5. So am trying to get the servo to slowly run though its motion cycle. i.e. make Frosty's head move back in a swaying type motion. I can not seem to get it to go into a smooth transition from right to left with small stops. I tried the ramp up feature but that does to seem to work. I am playing with the intensity but I am having a hard time. Can anyone give me some advice?
  6. Thanks for your ideas. I am going to get the reusable wire ties
  7. So in an effort to keep the lights off the ground I positioned the base ring about 2" off the ground. The issue was trying to keep the light strings somewhat tight. I tried wrapping the lights around the base ring one time and also using the plastic wire tires. Nether method worked that great. In the wind the strands would still gain slack. Any suggestions? Last years picture before I also added the plastic ties.
  8. So I am going from a 20' to 30' mega pole (JUMP) this year. Last year I used two lengths of the gray pvc for the ring. I guess that is 20 ft. Do I need to go to a 30' section for the base now or will the 20' still look ok? Here is last years picture.
  9. I know people were taking pictures of the inside guts of Jingles at the expo. I am building a snowman and have Mike's plans and video but was wondering if anyone had some of the pictures that they can share. Thanks Glenn
  10. Well I figured it out. It does allow a copy and paste when both are open.
  11. So I made stupid mistake. I added new coding for 16 new channels and just realized that the sequence I am working on is not the latest one. So is there a way to copy and paste between 2 LOR sequences? Other wise I guess I will need 2 computers next to each other to duplicate all the work I have done.
  12. Dollar General in Baltimore, MD area is having a one day sale today. $1 -100ct white lights. No limit. I just bought 100 boxes.
  13. So I am using the JUMP mega pole. I have a dozen strobe lights that I need intermix on the tree. So how/when do guys attach these to the existing light strsnds. Do you do it at the end after the tree is all up and just get a tall ladder and wire tie to the strands. And I assume you would have to redo this each year?
  14. So my mega tree is all ready to go but how does every one attach the lights to the hooks on the topper? Are you just putting the hook in between the wires at the plug. If so, doesn't this put a lot of stress on the plug end. Or do you attach a wire tie around the wire and hang it on that? Thanks for your help
  15. I did my whole gutter line with C-7's. I mounted them all into J channel. Not sure if C-9 would fit into those.
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