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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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Here's what I'm lookin like!

I just watched the video again and noticed some smoke or fog behind the star. Was that intentional? At first I thought "Wow and fog machine on the roof", but then figured it was chimney exhaust. It looked cool!

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It's three channels of color around each window and one of white for emphasis. Thanks for the compliment. I try to compensate for limited yard space with precision and neatness... Coolness is the ultimate goal in this sport, is it not?

We're at 15134 SE 124th Ave. in Clackamas.

Mike

I did a drive by last night of your display and must say the video doesn't do it justice (but they never do). It really looked great, it looked like the candels in the windows were on the inside of the house, man you must be the master of cable management because I know what kind of a rats nest I have with cable just by doing just the outside. You have a nice selection of songs as well. You had some star lights in the two trees by the street. Do you remember where you got them? I have a tree that I think they would look nice in for next year maybe. Your whole neighborhood there did a nice job of decorating but yours definitely stood out. Good Job!

Merry Christmas

Paul

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I just watched the video again and noticed some smoke or fog behind the star. Was that intentional? At first I thought "Wow and fog machine on the roof", but then figured it was chimney exhaust. It looked cool!

Yup, that's our funace vent up there! It does add a cool effect when it is running, it was all of about 19* or so when I was filming, I'm done with this "Bend" weather.

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I like it! Man that has got to be one of the biggest arches I've seen yet it's like a mega arch :D. How many channels are on that arch it has a very smooth look to it. Very cool display..

Merry Christmas

Paul

I went with 15 channels on it:D She ended up almost being 40' + 3000 minis, I guess that could qualify it as a Mega Arch!

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Thanks Paul, for making the trek way over to the southeast corner of the world. Our stuff certainly does look bigger and brighter from across the street. I park and watch it every time I come home when it's on...

The twinkly star thingies are from Fred Meyer, a 10-star string per box. We have ten strings on each of the two trees.

Regarding cable management, I use 18 ga. multiconductor cable for all the stuff on and in the house. Six conductor cable powers up to five circuits per cable, and most have plugs on the controller end and Molex connectors on the light string end. That really simplifies connecting the multi-circuit strings and reduces the girth of the cable backbones from the controller clusters to their destinations.

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