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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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Hey Don,

I was wondering when you were turning it on. I see you working on it during the week. I plan to make my rounds Dec 17th. My daughter gets back from Colorado that week and she want to see them too.

Glad to hear it's up and running.

Lee

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okay .....up and running 5 o'clock friday, today.... yahoo

Good job, Don. Our lights went on a week ago, and it seems I've been making a modification or adjusting something everyday up until this point.

I'm pretty sure there is no such thing as "done".

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Anyone half way local to Arlington have a couple of extra male SPT1 vampire cords? It appears that

the batch I have is bad, will send them back, but need to make a couple of cords to finish up nativity on the roof.

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Anyone half way local to Arlington have a couple of extra male SPT1 vampire cords? It appears that

the batch I have is bad, will send them back, but need to make a couple of cords to finish up nativity on the roof.

SPT1 vampire plugs? I've got a whole box of them.

I'm down in Seattle, not sure I can get them to you easily or quickly.

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Well - its time to get started on this years (2012) display as I will be adding five 6 point awesome cosmic color ribbon STARS (each one is 5 foot wide) above the awesome arches and and a new lightorama product for this year on the eve of the house, cosmic color bulbs. I am also going to upgrage the lights in the big tree to Light Emiting Diodes (led's) as that will make it 2 times brighter and I will be adding more strobe lights.The add ons will be 1,050 more channels to program in the software this year for a total of 1,982 channels!!(I guess I better get busy --LOL) I will also be adding some new songs

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Thanks ----over the top this year LOL

these strobes suck had to throw away 20 of them thisyear (water in them)http://www.christmaslightshow.com/mini-strobe-light.html

 these are GREAT no problems  http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/890/C-9-Incandescent-Strobe-Clear/

Merry Christmas ----how long till you take yours down ---we got to get down there !!!!!

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Hey Don,

 

I will be up until New Years. Last show is New Years Eve. Then I start drying it off and packing it away.

I had a really good showing of visitors last night too. I expect tonight to be pretty good also.

 

Lee

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