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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.
Dale W

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ok great i talked to brolarry about the MM (ms mini) and cant wait to go (if work permits)

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At 8:43am we have 3 inches on the ground with the snow getting heavier and wetter. It's 36 degrees which I guess translates into a SLOPPY DAY.

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I purchased some coro for some animated singers this year. I haven't drawn them up yet other than sketching them out on paper. I hope to have them done by August/September.

You?

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1. Train display

2. Gemmy singing,Dancing snowman will go in LOR display as DJ snowman in a new radio booth.

3. A lot of wireframes to finish

4. Your idea from last year Elfis.

Plate is full and I need to get started. LOL.

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Hello everyone!

Boy, I had a busy and tough season last year. I started putting up the display and due to work issues and being under the weather, I never finished. I simply took down what I started and said that I would wait until next year.

Well, here it is, next year. My plan is to totally change up the display this year which will cause me to reprogram every sequence and generate a new look.

Any ideas to spur this old, worn out brain would be greatly appreciated. I have two mega trees with eight slices each of four colors (using 32 total channels) so I am thinking about making each tree two colors with 16 slices each.

I have 32, four color mini trees and four leaping lights.

I am open for suggestions!

Are you guys doing a mini this year?

Mike

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There will be a mini up here in Flowood in August (tentatively the 2nd weekend).

Larry is coordinating it.

As far as ideas go, have you considered programmed coroplast figures? I have one and will add more this year. I think it adds a lot to a display. Other than that, dmx seems to be the direction that many on the forum are taking.

Hope all is well.

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Mike I hope you can make the mini this year. Would like to meet you and talk about your display with everyone else.

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How is it going guys....It's Oct. 9th and 90 degrees outside and putting Christmas decor out....what is wrong with this weather.....LOR is done and raindeer are flying again...

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