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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.

Andy Anderson

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About Andy Anderson

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  • Birthday 12/08/1941

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Scrooge
  • Location
    Culpeper, Virginia, USA
  • Biography
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    Part time cattle farmet
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Primarily plywood cutouts with a mega tree and other lights.

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  1. Bring the singing angels. Looking forward to seeing you again. Also looking forward to the cupcakes. Andy
  2. Glad you are going to be able to make it again this year. Looking forward to seeing you .
  3. The 12th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 11th. The location will be at the Frantronics computer store located at 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes (Gloucester county), Virginia. If you need further directions or information, please feel free to contact Frank Farmer at (804) 642-5233, email Frank at [email protected] or you can leave a message here. We will have a meet and greet at 11, lunch at noon and then start the Mini at 1pm. The mini’s are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiast to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet others with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. This mini is open to any and all Christmas lighting enthusiasts. Both ones doing it for the first time and those who have done it for years. Whether you have a large display or a small one. All are welcome. Anyone who would be willing to talk for a few minutes on a display element they have made, design tips, sequencing or anything else you would like to share with the group, please let me know. I would like to have competed agenda within a couple of weeks. Frank will have a couple of his own display elements up and running. Please let us know by phone, email, or this topic that you can attend and how many, so that I can have enough drinks and supplies here. We will provide drinks (water, coffee, iced tea and sodas). If everyone can bring along something for lunch/snacks, to share with the group, that would be great. There is no charge to attend the Mini, just bring some food to share. I look forward to seeing everyone. We will have computers and projectors available for use. Please like us on Face Book. Virginia Holiday Decorators Group Frank Farmer & Andy Anderson
  4. We had an excellent mini yesterday. Thank you to our sponsors Light O Rama, Creative Displays, Christmas Done Bright, Christmas Light Emporium and Paul Glancy.
  5. Despite all the rain the Virginia Mini is still on for tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Drive safe.
  6. Al, Sorry to hear you will be there this year. Shawn, Hopefully you will make it this year, otherwise will see you next year. The mini is almost here.
  7. Bill & Al, looking forward to seeing you again.
  8. The 11th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 19. Matthew Satterwhite has graciously offered to host the mini again this year. The location will be HanoverAcademy located at 115 Frances Road in Ashland, VA23005. HanoverAcademy is just off I95 in Ashland which is on the north side of Richmond. The minis are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiasts to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet other with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. We want to allow time for everyone attending to introduce themselves and tell us about their favorite display element. We want to give you a heads up so you can prepare to either bring the element or take pictures or videos of it and describe the details of how you built it and how it works. This could take some time, but we'll all learn so much more! Anything from your display that you would like to share with the group. Talk about why it is special to you, or why you made it, how you made it or anything you want to share about it. There is always a story to tell. We will provide drinks. Like last year we are asking everyone to bring some food to share with the group for lunch. Cost will be $5 per person to pay for use of the building. We will start with a meet and greet about 11:00 AM, with lunch at noon. Then start the mini at 1:00 PM and be over by 4:00 PM Matthew & I look forward to seeing everyone.
  9. Any interest in hosting the mini?
  10. We are open to pretty much anywhere in Virginia. We have been to Gloucester, Fredericksburg, Culpeper & Richmond.
  11. It is time to start thinking about the 11th annual Virginia Mini. In past we have quite often held it the third Saturday in May. If we stick to that date the mini will be on Saturday May 19. That date is flexible depending on availability of a meeting place. As of yet no one has offered to host the mini this year. If anyone is interested in hosting the mini now is the time to volunteer. Yes, there is some work involved in hosting the mini. You will need to secure a location and some other items needed that day. If you are interested in hosting the mini please contact me via this thread or by private message.
  12. Things always slow down every year after Christmas.
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