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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.
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    My family and I are going to be visiting Miami at Christmas, and we would LOVE to hear where the cool lights are. We've been there in the past (wife has lots of family there!) and remember going to a park off SW 40th street (Tropical Park?) for a large public display, and some guy who called it "Miracle On 33rd Street" or some such, but he had a sign up saying they were having twins and were about to move, so I don't know where they are now.

    Any advice on where the great Miami (and Tampa) Christmas displays are this year would be greatly appreciated!

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    Jeff Ostroff is in Ft Lauderdale which is very close to Miami. I'm in Palm City which is just north of West Palm Beach. Joe Ayo is in Tampa. There's Michael B in Eustis and Ron Lister inOrlando, and the Slacks in Winter Park. There are some more peoplle in Punta Gorda, Palm Bay, Hollywood (Miami area), Okeeschobbee, and Deerfield Beach.

    Take a look at Planet Christmas' map page and you'll see a lot of people here in Florida. If you're in Miami, the only 2 ways to travel up the east coast is on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike or I-95. If you want to head to the west coast from Miami, then you take I-75 west, then north.

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    I would imagine by Christmas, my lights should be up.

    I'm a little North of Miami, but a little south of Ft. Lauderdale.

    Basically I'm on the water about 17 miles north of Downtown Miami (if you start at the American Airlines Arena).

    it won't be huge, just about 30,000 lights

    I should have photos long before Christmas, so you can see if it would be something you'd want to come see. It's static though, not LOR, although I have a whole bunch of moving wireframes so it has a little bit of animation.

    If you want me to send you a PM when it's ready with some photos and the address, PM me.

    :waycool:

    Christmas in Miami ehh? You're from Illinois? Yeah.... it's a little different.... not that much... but a little different. Like I think the temperature is maybe 3 degrees higher down here.:P:laughing:

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    Lawkid wrote:

    Christmas in Miami ehh? You're from Illinois? Yeah.... it's a little different.... not that much... but a little different. Like I think the temperature is maybe 3 degrees higher down here.:P:laughing:

    Who are you kidding... when we get hit with the 40's and upper 30's... quite often Miami area is way up there in the 70s for lows... of course if Tampa is in the 40's at night, 2 counties north of us in Brooksville is seeing 22 degrees or lower.

    Amazing how our state can carry sometimes a 60 to 70 degree temperature difference at times between the north and the mainland south. We only see this in Dec and January.

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    Tropical Park has the yearly Santa's Enchanted Forest setup; Nice displays, also has the typical carny rides. One of my favorites growing up there was in Pinecrest (South Miami); Highlighted on HGTV several times: http://www.clotxmas.com.

    There are other good holiday spots to visit in both Miami and Tampa. http://www.miamiherald.com and http://www.tampatribune.com have the standard seasonal links for local decorated homes to visit.

    dallasmike

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    My husband and I live just north of West Palm and are trying to plan a trip around FL to see all our PC friends. Is anyone else planning the same trip? If so, we could coordinate our trips or take a party bus or something.

    We still don't have a date or a trip route planned, but it's on our list.

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    ldybug wrote:

    My husband and I live just north of West Palm and are trying to plan a trip around FL to see all our PC friends. Is anyone else planning the same trip? If so, we could coordinate our trips or take a party bus or something.

    We still don't have a date or a trip route planned, but it's on our list.

    How far are you planning to go? I mean most lights at places are on maybe 4 hours a night... not very far during lighting hours... like can only see 1 town in a night during "lit" hours and every town has like a full night's worth of displays that are must see.

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    jeffostroff wrote:

    Your jingle bells video was cool. You should bring out Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas. You had so many lights on that thing (3000?) a shame not to use it at Christmas too.

    I think next year I will creat a santa hat for Jack and use him in atleast 1 song. The time consumption is amazing for programming the mouth movements. I just couldn't do it for Christmas this year , also.

    Thanks,

    Whitey

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