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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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Bill Hoffman

LIGHT UP OHIO 2019 IS COMING!!!!!

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Light Up Ohio 2019 is right around the corner! On May 10-11, in beautiful Westerville, Ohio, you will have the opportunity to attend one of the most popular events of the year. Join us for the fun, and to learn tips and tricks on how to take your Holiday display to that next level of excitement. We are dedicated to helping beginners, as well as professionals, the skills you need to “Make Memories” for others. There will be lots of sharing ideas, education, fun, food, door prizes and priceless one on one knowledge that can't be found at larger events.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019

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Give a Holiday Decorator enough money and he could possibly win The Great American Light Fight, but give a Holiday Decorator enough DIY knowledge, and he/she will go on to share that knowledge and bring JOY to people for the rest of his/her life.

That's what we try to do at Light Up Ohio. We share priceless DIY knowledge to our attendees and put them in touch with some of the “Top Vendors” in the world. We bring in some of the top Holiday Decorators in the country to show you how to take your Holiday Display to the next level. On Friday May 10th we will be having a unique 4-5 hour “Free” symposium, where you can spend one-on-one time with two of the top Holiday decorators in the country, Clyde Lindsey and Robert Vanorsdale. On Saturday May 11th you can spend the day having fun and learning from talented Holiday Decorators such as David Jones, Dan Blickensderfer, Tom Hammond, and Clyde Lindsey.

Hope to see you there!!!!! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019

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We not only bring together some of the best Decorators in the country, we also offer quality Education supplied by some of the best instructors in the country. Whether you are just beginning to learn about Holiday Lighting, or you are a Pro, we will have something for you at Light Up Ohio 2019. We kick off the Event on Friday May 10th with a “FREE” afternoon of learning some of Xlights New Features, hosted by Clyde Lindsey and Robert Vanorsdale. Then on Saturday, we will have a very busy and fun day. Starting with Tom Hammond showing us all how to set up and run our very own Projection Holiday Display. Next up will be Dan Blickensderfer giving us Tips and Tricks on making our own P10 panel sign, and show us how to take this to the next level. In the afternoon we will hear from David Jones and he will be showing us How to Use FM Transmitters in our displays, and then touch upon some 3D printing tips. After that Clyde Lindsey will be showing us some basics of Networking your display. If all of that isn't enough, Scot Meyers will be there with his “Hacked” Gemmy Dancing Santa, and has volunteered to show anybody interested how to do it. Tickets are selling fast, and we have a capacity limit, so when they are gone they are gone. Check us out at:

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Have you ever looked at a prop in somebody's Holiday Display, and just wondered to yourself “how did they do that”? Talking Faces is one of those props! Light Up Ohio is fortunate enough to have Joel Dearing at our event, to show you exactly how you can create this amazing effect, in your own personal display. I'm talking Singing Bulbs, Singing Trees, Singing Pumpkins, and even just a Face on the side of your house. Don't miss out on this one of a kind presentation. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019

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You are invited to one of the top Holiday Lighting symposiums in the Midwestern United States. Light Up Ohio 2019 is coming to beautiful Westerville, Ohio on May 10th & 11th. Don't miss this opportunity to meet up with Lighting Enthusiasts from all over the country. This event is filling up fast, and when our seating capacity is filled, this opportunity will be gone. Get your Registration in now for the time of your lives!!!!

https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019

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