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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.
Randi

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Are there any animated whatcom county people here?? Since I am here now and not doing a display this year, would really like to see one!! :)

Randi

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I'm up in Bellingham. Unfortunately, I won't be going animated this year like I thought. But in reality, that is good news, my wife and I bought our first house instead :P There's always next year!

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Welcome to the insanity. You're right in time for our PacNW Regional CLAP Meeting to help you get some ideas and meet some of the folks in the region doing all kinds of displays:

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I live in Lynden and ran my first show last year. I hope to be up and running with 132 channels if DMX plus another 1000 RGB. Come check it out!

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Welcome Mitch. Keep a watch out for our NW CLAP meeting in May next year. Have a great season and keep us posted on how you do.

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Mitch, I'd love to see your display. I have a 2 1/2yr old son who I'm sure would go crazy seeing a real light show. Plus, with my wife seeing one in person, I'm sure it'd make it easier for me to go animated next year. What's your address? Or do you have a website with your info on it?

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You guys up north are lucky as our NW resident electrical guru, Pete Peters is now in Bellingham.

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Mitch, Where are you located? I am in Arlington. My show is also up and running. Lee Lee, Sorry I am just now getting to this post. It was a busy year. A very successful season. My first with RGB pixels( wrapped my window frames and garages). I am in Lynden and with such a small town I was surprised at the traffic I had this year. The show is down for the year but I am already planning how to enhance my show for next year. I hope everyone's show went well Ryan

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So who here has lights on? Our display is live (with a few things to be amended and added this weekend)

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