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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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    1. Visit www.highcountrylights.com for more information.
    2. Visit www.highcountrylights.com for more information.
    3. Over 35,000 lights and Setup begins in October. Enjoy the lights! https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/
    4. From the album: Aabeck's album

      My house display for 2017 Christmas. The outside lights and living room window lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC. The door wreath is controlled by a Siemens S2-200 PLC, with the power to it controlled by the living room SLC5/04. Most of the light strings have been cut into 10 bulb sections to run on 24 volts DC provided by separate power supplies. The flickering candles in the kitchen window are 4 volt bulbs wired to a TTL transistor logic card, and each of the 7 is controlled with it's own subroutine. TO get 4 volts I have a 5 volt power supply run through a potentiometer
    5. I'm not sure this is really linked to Christmas lights as such but thought it was a fun video/product. Have a look see what you think x
    6. I found this on Youtube and thought it was a great idea. How to catch Santa on Camera This Christmas....
    7. 2016 Christmas Display. 30,000 lights
    8. This is the inside version of our Christmas Spectacular 2016. We never get snow, but often get rain in the winter and since this was the first season presenting our display, we wanted to protect our investment. So, I created an inside version to entertain party guests in our home. I hope you'll enjoy. This wasn't the exact set up (so I do apologize). This was from the first tech testing in November 2016. I do not own the music to this video. This is for educational purposes only.
    9. From the album: Aabeck's album

      Update of the shooting star in my LR window for Christmas. I added a few more modes. This is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 and controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. Sorry about the focus, but the camera couldn't keep it's focus range on the flashing lights.

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    10. From the album: Aabeck's album

      Here's a .AVI version I had created because neither of the MP4 uploads would play. This runs on an Allen Bradley SLC503 that I upgraded from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added a 120V output card to control the 12V power supply, tree top and the white lights on the pre-lit tree. It's controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI through a Ethernet serial port through a WiFi access point. Unfortunately the camera had a difficult time focusing on the flashing lights, but even though some is out of focus the patterns still show.

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    11. Florida Christmas Light decorators have a Facebook page. 'Like it 'to keep up-to-date with what is happening in Florida. We welcome all decorators from all over the world. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Planet-Christmas/233759653343533
    12. The Florida Mini is going to be in the Jacksonville area. We are looking at possibly late April or early May. Stay tuned to find out more info. This is for decorators from any state or skill level. It is a wonderful time to meet, share and learn. Also, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Planet-Christmas/233759653343533
    13. Here are my House Layouts any suggestions idea's Comments, am i going too big to fast - 64 channel's Expected LOR. and might find other RGB Controllers but as for now i am going with 64 Channel's LOR Halloween Idea Christmas Idea Fourth of July Idea
    14. Here are my shows so far this year - more to come! Wizards in Winter Jingle Bells
    15. Visited the Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, Texas and Wow! They even have a Christmas Tree that snows itself!
    16. Yesterday at Walgreen's I found a 40" Leg Lamp. I've wanted one of these for years, but the only ones I found were over $250 online.
    17. This weekend at Garden Ridge I saw a 20' Inflatable Snowman, he was awesome. In my mind cme the quote from Wayne's World, "You will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine." My wife's quote came louder and clearer as I stood at the base gazing heavenward at the bohemouth of Christmas decor, "You have absolutely no where to put this." Lucky for me I developed a serious and very painful neck injury. So much so that my wife softened up and suggested that we buy the 20' Christmas yard monument to lift my spirits, which it did. I love my wife. Purchased 20' Inflatable Snowman from Garden Ridg
    18. Megatree made out of big lighted balls at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas. This is the preshow to their ICE exhibit.
    19. This will be the thread for ALL the Black Friday ads for 2011. The first release is : HARBOR FREIGHT: Adscan http://bfads.net/Ad/...or-Freight-2011 Central Hydraulics 3-Ton Capacity Low Profile Floor Jack $59.99 Chicago Electric 12-Volt Jump-Start and Power Supply $34.99 Haul-Master 500lb. Weight Capacity Aluminum Cargo Carrier $64.99 Rubberized 12-Volt Car Heater with Fan $9.99 US General 3000lb. Capacity Aluminum Racing Jack w/ LEDs $79.99 Bunker Hill 4-Channel Surveillance DVR w/ 4 Camer
    20. ocsurf

      Wow Factor!

      I'm a newbie and I gotta say that this forum and all you vets are AWESOME! There have been many great ideas and help here. Anyways, I'm trying to go for the WOW factor with my lights this year. My displays have always been pretty simple with just some mini-lights and icicle lights. I'm in the process of making some mini arches too! My question is this. I have $100 to spend on my Christmas display and was wondering what to buy to give it a little more WOW! Like I said, I just have mini-lights, icicle lights and I'm building the arches. Thanks guys! Brady
    21. just wanted to let everyone know that Boscov's Stores is starting sales on their christmas stuff. 30-50% off ticketed prices - entire stock of trim-a-home department 1.99-859.99 = .99-599.99 life-like christmas trees, lights, outdoor sculptures and inflatables, wreaths, garland, stockings, tree skirts, and more (25 styles of trees) 30-50% off trees, wreaths, swags, garland 6.99-599.99 30-50% off entire stock lights, outdoor lighted decor, and inflatables 1.99-99.99 (lights, sculptures, blow molds, iridescent figures, animated deer, inflatables, outdoor swags) 50% off entire stock
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