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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.
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  • 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.
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BecNme

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About BecNme

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  • Birthday 04/15/1952

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  • Location
    Suffolk VA
  • Biography
    Very Happily Married to a lady that loves our Christmas Displays - though she does think it has become an obsession with me.
  • Interests
    Spending as much time with my better half as I can (we are still newly weds - we married in 2001). Working in the yard, playing with new designs for our display.
  • Occupation
    Production Planning Manager
  • About my display
    I am using Animated Lighting to control my display and have been using an FM tranmitter for several years. This year will include three AL Flat Trees 6', 8' and 10'. The AL American Flag Display. Ground Mount and House Mounted 3' AL stars. I have made eight arches with 8 sets of lights per arch. I have a 22' Flag Pole for a Mega Tree and two more 24 ' foot flag poles for two additional mega trees. we have completely outlines the front of the house outline and added a Zig Zag type tree desing on the roof my son built for me. I have 19 songs in my show this year - the effects are great. I have a Parking Lot in my front yard for our guests. We live 9 miles down an old curvy country road and people find us every year.
  1. Hello from Suffolk - snowed here last night. My show ran most of the night - then the GFI tripped on one of my sircuits...
  2. Thanks to ALL - Great suggestions. My son works in a fabrication shop and is going to make me a Zig Zag tree next week for the roof. As his boss loved our display last year (18000 lights with 48 channels) - he has no problem with contributing to this years additions. As we had about 4000 visitors last year 9.2 miles down a curvy country road - we gotta kick it up a notch or two. I am adding additional arches, a second mega tree and the zig-zag tree.... I never thought I would be directing traffic and setting up parking in my front yard for 20 vehicles at a time..... but we did last year... Do you suppose it was a bit crazy of me when we bought the new house to insist that we have a huge front yard so I could set up a Concert of Lights? That is what our show became known as in the community last year - The Concert of Lights on Manning Road.... If you want to see what we did last year - I did manage to upload a couple of songs to You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/user/BecNme2 Gonna be fun!!!! Again Thanks to ALL. g
  3. Thanks, I was thinking that might be the way; but, was looking for advise from someone that has done it successfully. Thanks, g
  4. We plan on mounting to our roof wire framed displays. How do we mount these flat on the center of the roof without jeopardizing the integrity of the shingles? Our house is five years old. Thanks, Becky and Gary
  5. Hi Folks, We are over in Suffolk. Just a bit north of the Carolina line on six acres. I had to put a parking area in my front yard. We can park 16-20 cars. Since Thanksgiving we have had well over 3,000 visitors. No advertising - all word of mouth - good thing too. Last Week-end we had to go out and direct traffic for 3.5 hours - so I expanded the parking area. I did manage to video two of our 15 songs in our "Concert of Lights" as the folks that have seen the show have started calling it. We posted on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr8wYaSFqlY As we live 9.2 miles down Manning Road from RT 58 it is amazing to see the traffic we have generated. Almost all cars stop to see some or all of the show. I put out an INFO Box with flyers to answer the most asked questions. I have the times the show starts and we see folks arriving in carloads to see the whole show. It is a bit overwhelming to see so many people come out and enjoy the fruits of ones labor. About 18,000 lights of whjich 17,000 are LEDS. Using AL 32 Channels for our Arches and 16 channels for the balance of the show. BecNme Becky & Gary
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