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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.
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Makes you want to party ~~~ Great job.

thanks and yeah it does, i am a very very very big snow lover, and weather follower/amateur forecaster so this was showing snow and we were skeptical at first til the models kept hinting at it. Kindof ruins the idea of me mowing my grass tomorrow morning to get it cut short for the christmas stuff that was going out november 1st

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WELL DONE, Cracker! You are one of the FEW people who know how to choreograph your lights to the music and not just blink them to the words of the songs. Your shows are SO much fun to watch! Engaging, interesting, and fun! BRAVO!! >stands and applauds<

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Thanks for the nice comments. Some of the youtube comments are so brutal.

FANTASTIC..........Can't say anthing more.......... all the acolades have been used up on your great display BTW couldn't have been too many dislikes (brutal comments) when I saw it there were just under 5 Million hits on you tube............GREAT JOB

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Kevin you are awsome, the benchmark has just been set a little higher!

I AGREE! Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to reach and surpass that benchmark next year! ;)

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Well Cracker (Kevin), your popularity continues. I was just interviewed and asked what my inspiration to do this was, I told them after seeing your posts last year that I had to do it too! Had to continue to give you props!!! Wish I could come see yours in person!

Steve

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The day before Halloween, my family and I did a live interview on Good Morning America and then later that afternoon, LMFAO filmed a commerical at my house for KIA. It was a really crazy day. Thousands of people showed up even though I put the word out the show was cancelled. I'm just glad (and so are some of my neighbors) that Halloween is over. Here is a video and pics on the event.

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Bump... Anyone know what kind of flood/spot lights those are on the house?

I don't believe they are using floods or spots of any kind. The light on the house is coming from the lights around the windows, pillars, and garage. They seem to have 4 colors of lights on the windows and garage, while the pillars are only in white. If they are using floods/spots, they are most likely incandescent flood lights.

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Definitely some type of spot lights there. I agree they are incandescent.

Yep! In looking at it again, I agree. Definitely using some spots. Basic incandecent colored floods is my guess.

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