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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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This year I am planning on having a session telling the story of the birth of Jesus, I was reading through some of the other posts in this topic and a lot of folks mention that during a Faith Based song viewers leave, well, I'm going for it; if only one person hears the message and questions where they are and/or should be it will be well worth it.  Below is what I am looking to do.

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I really like your idea.  I have been using faith based songs for the past 4 years with great turn out and comments. But,  I have used contemporary artists and songs like we hear on our local stations.  Be sure you are using what people are used to hearing and not just only what you like.  Guarantee, they will stay longer,if list isn't to long and traffic doesn't back up toooo far.  Best wishes in your planning and spreading the Good News and Hope we have in CHRIST.   

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Sounds like a great idea. Animated shows need more narration if you ask me. To much music and I get bored really quickly. Like everyone else says "Go for it". As long as you reach one person you will have a sucessful light show. Good luck.

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I love this idea.  Wow what a great idea--to keep Christ in Christmas!!!   Nicely done.

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I would love to hear next year what the reaction will be, keep us posted.

 

A lot of people use the Linus Reading from Charlie Brown, it keeps interest up but still gives the message.

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God promised that his word would not come back to Him void.  

  "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."........  Isaiah 55:11King James Version (KJV)

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Love it.  Very close to what our production tech team did at our church back in Georgia.  I would love to see the Christmas story start making it's way into home displays.

 

You never know.  Your show may be the first time someone gets to hear the message.

 

Here is a summary of the 2013 display.

 

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Love it.  Very close to what our production tech team did at our church back in Georgia.  I would love to see the Christmas story start making it's way into home displays.

 

You never know.  Your show may be the first time someone gets to hear the message.

 

Here is a summary of the 2013 display.

 

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