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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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    20 small mini trees with blue and white lights 200 lights per color. 12 large mini trees with red and green lights 300 per color.

    Transparent c9's on roof line red, blue, green. 7 channels of each color.

    Yellow 4 wire rope light.

    30 spot lights blue, red, green. 10 of each color.

    10' arches with 700 lights on each arch. 7 channels per arch.

    Lights count about 43,000 rough count. 272 channel capable but using about 250.

    The white keys are about 8' long with the skinny part of the key being about 1 foot wide.

    63 keys total with 300 lights per key black and white. Or maybe I should say purple and white. Each key independent.

    This is the creation of my 18 yr old son. He built, wired and programmed the whole thing from beginning to end. With sheet music in hand the key board is programmed exactly right.

    There are 4 other songs in our show and a second house being used with more c9's and floods.

    Thanks for viewing and for the comment. This was fun to see it go together.


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    The rails look like dual color, dual circuit light rope.

    The ties I bet are groups of lights around some sort of wire frame or clear plastic blocks.

    I think the piano key effect below the rails is awesome. It adds to total effect for sure.

    How to info would be nice. It looks like that track took a lot of work.:eek:

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