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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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About Magical Holiday Moments

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  • Birthday 08/25/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Magical Holiday Moments is a Christmas Lights Tribute to Disneyland in Fairfield, Calif. making it a premier destination in Northern California to view a Christmas lights display.
  • Location
    Fairfield, NOR-CAL
  • Biography
    Very meticulous person that pays attention to detail. Sometimes very competitive. Been told to be very approachable. I dont have children but they seem to attract to me.
  • Interests
    R/C Car Racing, Fixing/Tinkering with things, Flying 'Stunt' kites, Vacationing @ Disneyland 3 times a year to give us inspiration for next years display.
  • Occupation
    Maintenence/Engineering Supervisor
  • About my display
    Our light show is computer controlled animation synchronized to Disney music making for a more exciting experience with visually stunning lighting effects to dazzle your senses. All DISNEY Themed. 2009: Animated using 48 channels of Light-O-Rama controllers. 10ft Mega Tree. Two 10ft Leaping Arches. 5ft Mickey Mouse Wreath. 2015: Over 11,500 RGB LED Pixels = 34,000 Channels. 12 ft diameter 'Mickey's Fun Wheel' Ferris Wheel, 16 ft Mega Tree, 10 Leaping Arches, 10 Mini Trees, 6 Matrix Panels, 10 Tube Lights, etc. = All RGB LED Pixels

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  1. The Mini-PLUS was as Great as the previous events. What made it memorable was the wonderful venue being in Solvang. We had folks come it from So-Cal, the central valley and Northern Cal. It was great seeing friends and meeting new friends. The presentations were all very informative with new products being introduced from Reinders and other venders. Special thanks to Mikey and Howard Martin for putting together the event and also to Sheri for the Delicious Tri-Tip lunch (was to die for - YUM). Watching 'Mr. Christmas' movie while eating lunch was a nice touch. I hope to apply all that I have learned, to this years display and perhaps motivate other fellow Christmas decorators in our area and beyond. We look forward to next years Mini-PLUS as we wouldnt want to miss out on the Great fellowship we all share.
  2. We are on the way to Beautiful Solvang with Mickey in tow. We are so excited to be there. So we'll see you all soon.
  3. Barry - You have to make it out to the Mini. You are my mentor and I seek knowledge from you. The masses are calling for Barry. See/Hear ... B A R R Y, B A R R Y, B A R R Y, B A R R Y !!! The get2gether will not be the same without Barry.
  4. Hey there Howard and Mike, I feel honored that you view me as someone who has cool stuff but the truth is ... I dont really have the cool stuff. LOL YET! muhahaha! On a serious note, I dont feel that I myself am educated enough to try and educate others as I am still learning how things work. I do plan on putting together another video presentation from our 2012 display to share with you all ( if you will allow me ) and within the video, may include a seek peek of the projects we are currently working on for 2013. ( God willing ) So no promises on the latter part, but we are trying hard to make it happen.
  5. Hi everyone, It is five weeks away from the Mini-Expo. Who is making it out to Santa Ynez? How are the activities coming along? Should we bring any food for lunch?
  6. The Mini-Expo is just under two months away !! We are getting excited about seeing our friends again and meeting new friends. We have told some of our local Christmas display enthusiasts about the Mini-Expo. They seem interested in attending but we may have to set a fire under their feet to get them going. As for us, we have already booked a hotel in Santa Maria to stay the night before the Mini since the drive/trip is such a long journey. Then after the Mini we will head south to our Favorite place on Earth or better known as 'The Happiest Place on Earth'. We fiqured since Santa Ynez is already so far down south for us, we decided to turn the initial trip into a Disneyland Trip !! Eh, Why not? Right? - Disneyland is where we get most of our inspiration for our lightshow. So hope to see everyone soon. We can't hardly wait !!
  7. Christmas is not too far away from now. Shouldnt we be having a get 2 gether soon to share ideas, see friends and meet new friends? I bet Barry has lots to share about RGB stuff again. What do you all think?
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