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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. Hey fellow Washingtonians! I am wanting to get rid of all of my Christmas Stuff! ideally it would be to someone who could come see it (I don’t have tons) but do have a mega tree, mesh Christmas letters on a wooden stand (that reads Merry Christmas) tons of extension cords and an animated lighting box with pre-programmed songs. I plan on posting this elsewhere also. If any of you are interested, please reply here and we can exchange numbers for you to come see all that we have! Thanks! Randi
  2. I am thinking of upgrading the size of my mega tree for next year and adding 5' or 8' mini mega trees. Does the 10' and 20' mega tree kit from Christmas Light Show use the same base? http://www.christmaslightshow.com/outdoor-lighted-christmas-trees-mega-trees.html Anyone know? Randi
  3. So who here has lights on? Our display is live (with a few things to be amended and added this weekend) Whatcom Wonderland on Facebook!
  4. Where can I find wire trees to buy? I found a twinkling one at Home Depot but don't want twinkling. I don't have time to make any. I can buy online and ship if needed but haven't had any luck on how to find them. I am looking for approx 6' one (pre-lit would be a plus) but not necessary.
  5. I have AL already - just not using it this year. And this actually may be perfect for what we are wanting.....oh will be interesting! THANKS!!!
  6. We are not doing our display this year (in an old rental house with 2 outside plugs!) but we have our mega tree that we have contemplated putting up with our LED Lights. Ideally, I would love for the lights to chase a bit (no music). Is there any product I can buy to just make the led lights chase?! Thank you in advance- Randi
  7. 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
  8. We are moving and downsizing and need to get rid of a few items. We have 3 reindeer and a sleigh mounted on heavy wood AND a santa. Hoping to sell it all for $150 obo - local pick up only (we are in Skagit County). If interested - let me know. Randi
  9. Thanks for the heads up. I just may have to bite the bullet on this one this year.
  10. 16 channels - and you tell us how many lights we need (we have yet to buy them - THIS WEEK!) We REALLY appreciate you and Kauleen just said "I really like him"
  11. We bought a 12 foot mega tree for our light show this year. We use pre-programmed light shows. We were discussing what the best way to use the tree in our show would be - USING our pre-programmed shows. It seems it would be hard to have the tree chase around, unless I programmed it myself. We are thinking we will have to have the tree on one channel per color. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and programming it ourselves is not an answer Randi
  12. Anyone know where I can get the FULL supply list ASAP? We bought the tree last year and have misplaced the list after buying all of the supplies. I think there may have been a few directions with it too..... Randi
  13. We are building this tree: http://christmaslightshow.com/product.php?productid=4&cat=25&page=1 We have 16 channels dedicated to it - LED Lights. Randi
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