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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.
Rotorocious

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Looking to see if there is a very experience sequencer available to help with our display in late october. We will have approximately 230,000 lights, all LED. We have help setting them up but just want to make sure the programming/sequencing to the music is superb.

We are planning to have the most extreme patriotic display.

Last years setup

Everything will be wrapped 3 times. We want everything to be able to flash, red,white and blue.

Please PM me here or email me @ mfs20001atgmail.com

Thanks

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Very cool! Please post a video of your display when it is running.

I don't think I have ever seen anybody post a display video from a helicopter.

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Thanks!

Had a couple email me already.

We are pretty much looking for a display on par with the Holdman Xmas setup.

But with a patriotic kick.

Now, I would definitely prefer to have him do it, if I could get in touch with him and convince him to do it. If anyone has his contact info, I'm serious. I will get him out here. I have yet to see someone do it better.

Anybody else interested in helping to sequence this amazing display? Email me.

Thanks everyone

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Don't hold your breath waiting for Holdman to call you back........Last Jan he posted that he lost his job and I immeaditly emailed him back and said I wanted to be his first customer, we talked and I gave him my layout and songs, we the had cost per song arranged and guess what, I'm still waiting... he won't even reply to my last 2 emails

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Sorry Gmac. I did send you an e-mail today. It has been the most difficult year of my life with me losing my job, having a head injury that put me out for a couple months and then finding out my Dad has serious Cancer and might not be around long.

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sorry to hear about your troubles richard, i hope all goes well, hopefully you can pick yourself up and dust yourself off, and keep your head high... you are a very talented person with alot to offer.... hope this helps...

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