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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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Hooper Holiday Hoopla 2012

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Here is some poorly shot video of my display. Our yards are pretty broad compared to how close my neighbor's yard is across the street, so I can't get the display all in one shot. I hope to have better video in the near future.

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Wow. I love the two singing pumpkins! cool idea. What is that thing in the back on the right of the arch, perhaps hanging from the tree? It looks like it changes size or shape. Got my curiosity up.

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32 channels. The Doctor Who and X-files sequences came from Ultrashows. Almost all of my sequences were based on what I found there. Nature Trail to Hell and Gangam Style are the only ones that are fully mine. I used Halloween to learns how to use the LOR software. With Christmas, I did much less adapting and more of my own work. Holidaycoro supplied the vocal sequences for Thriller, Phantom of the Opera, Ghostbusters and Monster Mash, though I had to design the Vincent Price portion and some of the Phantom singing portions of Thriller and Phantom of the Opera. The singing portions of Boogie Man, Addams Family, Nature Trail to Hell and Gangam style were designed by me.

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My Pumpkin arch got knocked down by the wind early this morning. I guess 80 pounds of concrete anchoring the legs wasn't enough for winds still being thrown off my Sandy this far away. It took a little while, but I have it back up and running. It just needs to last another 36 hours.

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