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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.
Lil' Joe

Newbie From East Point / Atlanta

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Just dropping a note hello and introducing myself. I'm new to the forums and to Planet Christmas. I'm excited with the information that I'm finding and tips that I'm picking up. I will do a static display this year, but plan to animate for 2012. Looking at a 32-channel show to get things started.

I've been "putting lights out" since I was about 10. I've always loved Christmas Lights. Since I purchased my house a few years ago, I've been adding more and more, but I'm ready to start going a little over the top. I think it will be a lot of fun!

Anyway, I may need to lean on my "neighbors" from time to time as I'm more of a visual learner. Would love to meet some of you some time and swap ideas.

Wish me luck this upcoming year!


I'm attaching my 2010 Display... it's a little blurry.


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Welcome to PC. Feel free to ask questions and learn a lot. If you want to go animated next year now is the time to start learning and attempting to program. Don't wait!!

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welcome! Say goodbye to your extra money and free time. This hobby is addicting!

I'm already finding this out! LOL - but it'll be worth it!

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My database of shows that I have learned about that are in Gerogia is at 75 names. Now if we just had the space and a willing organizer. We have 5 shows here in Kennesaw alone. I'm not on PC to much anymore, mostly on diylightanimation.com but I have been collecting info wherever I find it from multiple forums.

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Well Lil Joe welcome from Dallas, GA. It has been a while since I posted here, Been spending a lot of time on FB and the LOR FB page. Welcome to our world. Big Bubba is right, hobby is very addicting. I don;t know about you all but I try to up the anty every year.

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