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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.
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  • 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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DanoNJ

Jersey / TriState mini date set

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This year's mini date has been set for 4/22/17 to be held in Cranbury, NJ.  I have attached a proposed agenda to this thread.  Over the years, this event has proven to be one of the most popular.  If you area a seasoned vet or just starting out, you will walk away from here learning something!   If nothing else, you will gain a few new friends in the community.

 

registration will open soon.  Here is a link to the FB page which has more info. (if you need access, let me know)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/

 

Tri State Christmas proposed agenda 2017.pdf

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I'd like to thank  LOR for their support of the event with a door prize.  Along with them are:

Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, 

James @ Boscoyo Studios

Less than 2 weeks away - still time to sign up!

http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html

 

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Just about a week away, from the event day!! Still time to sign up. We are having a great presentation on wifi and Falcon Player along with running your show with a PI, some beginner and on up discussions on XLights, possibly some talk on animatronics in your display (if the this poster can find some time), video mapping and more I can't recall right now.
Swap Meet - bring along your unwanted items or cash to buy someone else's unwanted items!!!

Some wonderful vendors have gone out of their way once again for us with some door prizes:

I'd like to thank Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, Demented Elf
James @ Boscoyo Studios, Dan and Mary @ LOR, just to name a few. (Hint - if you are a vendor and would like to show off some of your stuff or just support the event, I'm still accepting door prizes) icon_e_smile.gif
If you're local, what else do you have to do on a Saturday - grass isn't even growing yet. If you're out of town, nice day for a ride.
I can guarantee you will have a great time and heck, may even learn something.

Registration:

http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html

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