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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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  • 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.
Big Bubba

Merry Christmas Georgia!

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Hey Big Bubba

Thanks for all the help this year.... sad to say I only have a piece of one song seq so I now know, START EARLIER LOL

I am still working on some songs and will add them to the show as I finish them I guess better late than never....

Merry Christmas to all

thanks Planet Christmas for all the good info and forums.

Brian

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MERRY CHRISTMAS Joey, Bill,Larry,Larry, Shane, Tom, Everyone else on here Hope you all have a great Christmas day and Happy new year

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MERRY "WHITE" CHRISTMAS FOLKS!

Cannot believe I didn't trip a CGFI. Looked GREAT in the snow (my display). Did you take pictures???? Let's see them! I know that some folks from the north might be reading this and think..."We have that every year!". WELL WE DON'T! Got some short video clips. Daughter was in charge of the pics. Will get uploaded soon.

Robert in Snowy Fayetteville (maybe...2" ???)

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We got back in after dark yesterday, this is what we found. Our road is a solid sheet of ice right now.

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Oh yessssssss..... Snow in Georgia (Atlanta after 100+ years!)!!!

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Whoa, you guys got it tuff up North in Atlanta! It is cold here but we rarely get snow, but looking at the weatherbug map, its looking like we might get some! Getting the camera ready just in case!!

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I am still in shock that the thing worked in the we snow;

Some really big snowflakes for a little bit as well;

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We probably ended up with about 2 inches or so.

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Those are awesome pictures! You have any videos...even without the snow??? Looking closely at those spiraling trees

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Those are awesome pictures! You have any videos...even without the snow??? Looking closely at those spiraling trees

Robert, follow the facebook link in my signature. There are videos there from visitors. I will not have any video until after the first of the year. There are also a lot more better quality pictures of the trees both lit and daylight.

Larry

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Hey Larry and Big Bubba...

Looked at your videos and they look great! Trying to think how I am going to incorporate the spiral tree, figuring out how I am going to extend my tree higher without a tall ladder to do it, has me day dreaming a lot lately :-)

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I am still in shock that the thing worked in the we snow;

Some really big snowflakes for a little bit as well;

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We probably ended up with about 2 inches or so.

Hi Robert,

Just saw the video of your display in the snow and it looks like your mini trees are raised above the ground by 6-8 inches. How did you do that? What did you use?

Richard

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Hey Richard,

Your on my to do list after I get everything put away (the carport is kind of crowded right now ;-). Got to look at your videos and your sequences you sent me for that spiral tree. Got to figure out how I am going to get a taller tree without a tall ladder ;-)

Go here;

http://burtonchristmaslights.weebly.com/projects.html

Got a step by step on what I did. Yep. Cut off that bottom ring ;-)

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