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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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Halloween is down & nearly put away. This weekend is suppose to be nice, so I'm going to attempt to rent a lift to add a few more hooks and string the lights along the roof edge. Technically, I'm not allowed to put out lights until December (sub-division rules). Too bad! I need to get started while the weather is still good!

1.6 songs sequenced & the wife has made a couple display changes. I haven't yet decided what to change in the sequences. :eek:

No pressure. ;)

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Funny!

I think that a picture is warranted here.

Our weather has finally turned into the nice and sunny mode, and all the sunlight really energizes me. Only problem with that is I have commitments away from home both Saturday and Sunday. So, I'm feeling behind also.

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ok, so I put a count down timer on the website until the GO-Live kick-off event. Looking at that is starting to stress me out!!! LOL

15 days and SO MUCH TO DO! If it were not going to be a surprise to our neighbors, I think I would be running down the street screaming in panic right now.

It's fun - but WOW! The clock is ticking....

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I think I'll go out and so some work after lunch. I can flex my worktime to later tonight -- I work at home on Wednesdays (and many Fridays also...)

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ok, so I put a count down timer on the website until the GO-Live kick-off event. Looking at that is starting to stress me out!!! LOL

15 days and SO MUCH TO DO! If it were not going to be a surprise to our neighbors, I think I would be running down the street screaming in panic right now.

It's fun - but WOW! The clock is ticking....

I've had a countdown on my website for months now. I HATE it. I don't think I'll have one next year, it's very stressful. LOL:giggle:

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ok, so I put a count down timer on the website until the GO-Live kick-off event. Looking at that is starting to stress me out!!!....

What Stress? I have ZERO lights up, I need to build my radio sign, I have 2 controllers that still need to be built, I need to find available power for those 2 new controllers, I have no clue if I have enough extension cords - doubtful. Oh and I only have 2 songs sequenced to my show.

STRESS!!!!!! :eek: Not me! :cool:

My saving grace may be I only work 4 days a week & I have vacation time planned for Thanksgiving week.

Edited by Tim Bateson

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I've had a countdown on my website for months now. I HATE it. I don't think I'll have one next year, it's very stressful. LOL:giggle:
I just put one up a few weeks ago and it has hit realization: Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks from Tomorrow! :eek:

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Heh, not a bloody thing up yet here! Only one out of 5 Bellagio poles built, but all of the rest of the fixtures are done. I'll just add in the poles as they get wrapped! Welded up the last piece for the new megatree pole last night and painted same.

Bah, plenty of time left! ;>

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I'm pretty much caught up to where I usually am this time of year. Which is to say, still behind, but not drastically so!

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I've had 4 people full time starting October 1st. They are done with everything as of today but I have a few little things left to do, maybe one day tops. It looks better than anything I've seen anywhere. With over 250,000 lights and 800 channels, this year we will have video too.

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I am making progress.. my icicle clips are up and I have a few things in the yard.. I think people who drive by think I am nuts.. We have new neighbors across the street as well.. I have had a feeling that do not like me since moving in a few month ago.. they will probably really hate me now. :)

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All is well. The ground is not frozen so the plastic crap will go in. All the leaves are finally down. And tonight I finally finished my Nemesis, a 7,000 light crab apple tree. There will of course be an entirely new "to do" list for tomorrow, but that's tomorrow!

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Despite the passing of Cathy's father yesterday, I'm still making progress. I hope to be fundamentally done by tomorrow, with some sequence tweaks, minor repairs, final wiring, etc. still to go after that. Yesterday (before the news) and today were good productive set-up sessions.

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I've been so busy I haven't done a thing. Since I'm going lower key this year with everything going on, I'm going for a one day crank out on Sunday.

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One day at a time. You'll get there. How's the weather holding out?

BEAUTIFUL!!! Mid 55s all weekend! Which is unheard of this time of year.. I think we deserve it given our cold summer. :)

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BEAUTIFUL!!! Mid 55s all weekend! Which is unheard of this time of year.. I think we deserve it given our cold summer. :)

Cold summer and ridiculous October. I felt like we didn't even get a fall this year due to all the cold rainy weather. But I'm glad we've made up for it this month. I hate setting up in the cold...

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Behind I am. LOL I just started today got my roof line done. Really behind this year, Of course I waited for all the really warm days to go away before I started. Hopefully get all the yard decor out tomorrow and call it done for this year.

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Today was a productive day for the two of us; I began taking photos of all our molds for a

log to know what we have. We then dropped about 30 molds in the yard and and cleaned up a bunch more from storage. Tomorrow we begin work on the deck area and build some stands for the roof for some wire frames and stars. Still have my big projects left to do

this week...the choir loft and getting lights in that 35 plus ft tree...Hope to be lit next Saturday...only time will tell....

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