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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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The windstorm from Wednesday knocked my mega tree to the ground. Alas, not the best way to begin the season. The structure is back up, the lights detangled, the extension cords.... still tangled, and I am coooooold! The lights will go up today or tomorrow or the day after but they go up. Sigh.

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I feel your pain with the mega tree coming down it happened to me 2 years ago 1 week before we were set to go live. The worst part was i got to watch it over and over again on my survelliance cameras. So i decided last year 1.5 inch galvanized pipe. I have a tube concreted 4 feet in the ground that i just slide my mega tree pole into. I also use guide wires as a precaution. Once that baby goes down your never the same lololololol.

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Ha ha. That is true. My pole is a 1 1/4 galvanized steel water pipe. I am using Darryl Brown's design from last year with a 5-way screw in base. My guy wire stakes popped out of the ground like a champagne cork, them the pole bent ever so slightly at the thread and then.... bam! Took me two days to get it back up. (I just finished and am ready to collapse). Today I went to my day job to "rest" from the Xmas lights setup, ha! I am back on track and will be done with the entire show by tomorrow (minus the season long tweaks). I am happy.

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Well, Christmas Heller Style is finally up and running. I still have some tweaks to make to the programs and I have to fix a mistake in some of my voice-overs but the lights are dancing out there! YEA! Now maybe I can finish up my website and get some video!

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Can NY get any colder?

Is your display up and running yet? The in-laws live down that way and we've swung by a few times. The kiddos love all your blowups and yard items.

-Jeff

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We opened Thanksgiving night...Ever since then we have had about 200 people come by every weekend...We are going to be on the radio and in a local paper coming out next Friday so we are expecting a huge crowd next weekend...

People really like the Frosty and Santa characetrs outside to take pictures with...We are going to have to close tonight though because of this heavy rain...We have yet to have a snow fall and weather.com is not expecting one in our part for another two weeks...

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Western NY here! Hoping to have my first show this year! Working on the logistics while off from work for the week. Planning planning planning... Thank God my wife says she's on board with this little endeavor! I hope she stays that way! lol

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Western NY here! Hoping to have my first show this year! Working on the logistics while off from work for the week. Planning planning planning... Thank God my wife says she's on board with this little endeavor! I hope she stays that way! lol

Gotta say, you are starting it off right by planning this early. And having the family behind you will go a long way. :)

Good luck,

Jeff

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Hi Fellas (and Ladies?)

Jeff in Syracuse, NY here. I'm sure the rest of you are enjoying the mild winter. Had my first display this year, 16 LOR channels and 16K or so lights. My lovely bride and I took 95% of them down yesterday. I am doing the presale thing this year...I need a second job.

70 inches of snow behind last year at this time....hmmmmm. I also said that if I ever won mega millions, I would buy a concrete company and make Lake Ontario into a parking lot.

Anyways, eagerly reading any and all posts. Happy and Healthy New Year to all!!!

Jeff K

East Syracuse, NY

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