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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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Celebrate With Me! My Display Is Running! Tell Your Story

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After traveling  nearly  every weekend Sept - mid Nov for work,, getting sick on the days I took off from work to set up, running into the usual technical problems, and even getting called into work last Friday when I was supposed to be off....TONIGHT THE LIGHTS ARE ON!  Some things didn't light up, all the songs are not loaded yet, and I've got a troublesome arch, but IT'S WORKING.  This is my fifth year to animate and it is  the latest I have ever been in getting going,  I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. Thanks to my wife who put up with all my gripes and complaints and held the flashlight on nights when we worked in the dark, and to all my PC friends who encouraged me. Please use this thread to  talk about some of the challenges you faced this year1

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Battling Halloween and then straight to Christmas I told my wife I am taking next year off well now that the show is up and running all I can think about is what to make for next year. Was I stressed this year yes more than I have in the past, but I couldn't let the kids down. 

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Was a little late meeting my Thanksgiving night goal, but finally got it up. Was even more busy this year, and I pick up leaves for extra money and that almost set me behind this year. But i ended up putting more 10 hour days into the dispaly than last year but everyone loves it. I love to see the smiles on peoples faces when they see the display.

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My son turned 1 on November 2nd, be moved into a new house during the summer, and i started a new job in August. It was defiantly a year that was hard to find time to sequence and build and get prepared before setup began. Can't wait got next year lol

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I felt the same as Billings!  But now the plans are on paper for 2014 already, and working the budget for more controllers.  However, I seriously may skip Halloween.  If the budget works, I will need way more time to setup next year.  Love Halloween, but take down right into Christmas setup is very difficult.  Especially trying to light up Thanksgiving night.  If I can construct some of my new ideas before Halloween and have them ready, then both holidays will be a go.  If not, Christmas is way more important!

 

 

Steve

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I had to travel for my job a lot this year and that left very little time for sequencing.  Even thought of not adding any new songs.  And yes, there were a few moments of insanity where I thought I might not even set up this year.   Got a late start, but worked long days and went live Thanksgiving night.

 

Now that it is done and running smoothly I can't decide what gives us more joy -- seeing the cars parked outside watching, or all the people that stopped by when we were setting up and thanked us "so much for doing this.  We saw you were getting started later and were afraid you weren't going to do it this year"  :o

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