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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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Thanks, Al. That took about 2 weeks to put together. I know it is not Christmas, but the crowd in my neck of the woods loves the classics. When I did the William Tell Overture they would literally yell, whistle, clap and "woooo-hoooo" at the end. I try to mix it up with half Christmas and half other types. We also did dueling banjos and funky town this year. I love to watch the kids dance to that one. A lot of them will yell out "Shrek!!!" not knowing that many of us here donned our roller skates to that one 30+ years ago. LOL

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You have fantastic show there. Your timing is spot on and your choices of music are a great mix. Really impressive!!

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Very nice Neil, love the classics. Do you mind my asking how many mini trees in your front tree line? They look to be about 4' tall? And the smaller mini trees along the back next to the house?

Enjoyed your show!

Mike

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Thanks Paul, Greg & Deb, I appreciate the compliments. and I have always been a stickler for detail when sequencing. IMO there are two kinds of light shows, sequenced and then shows with flashing lights that occasionally match the music being played. LOL (no offense to those making an effort out there) :)

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Very nice Neil, love the classics. Do you mind my asking how many mini trees in your front tree line? They look to be about 4' tall? And the smaller mini trees along the back next to the house?

Enjoyed your show!

Mike

There are 28 42" minis in front. I know that seems like a weird number but when I first started doing this, the last items to be given channels were those clear minis. I started with 8 controllers the first year based on what I currently had in lights. After I dedicated everything I had (which included my original intent of 16 minis), I was left with 28 channels. So there you go. The other mini trees are the smaller size tomato cages which I believe are 30". There are 48 of those or 3 controllers. You will notice there is a gap between each set of those as well as the clear ones. I am going to add one more controller of the smaller ones to make a complete circle.

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