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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.
djmille

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Hey everybody, It's been over a half decade since I posted in this forum.  I know there are a bunch more Oregonians with huge/fantastic Christmas displays.  

How have you all been doing?  It's funny how the more frequent, recent poster to the Oregon forum is zman from Washington state.  

I have my Forest Grove based display back in operation after a 2 year absence.  

-Darin

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All up and running here in Hillsboro. Added lots of new stuff this year along with moving the whole show over to LOR from Animated Lighting. Here's a link to the video of the opening song along with a voice over from The Demented Elf. Sad to hear this is his last year of doing voice overs. Made sure I got a bunch of fresh ones before he went :). Merry Christmas everyone....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgeGg976gj0

 

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Hey Paul,

Awesome !!!  You have really upgraded the show.  The singing bulbs are fantastic and the RGB and strobes have been nicely incorporated.   I was impressed with the video, so I'm sure it will be even better in person.  I will definitely swing by and check it out.   Great Job !!  

-Darin

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I haven’t been on here forever but am back looking for some new ideas for next year!  Guess I’m a few months late on this reply but since I’m also local here in Hillsboro, figured I would chime in.  Really Nice videos from this last season Paul and Darin!  Will definitely have to stop by and check out both of your displays this year.  Only about 7 months til the set up begins again!

-Colin

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OK, for the 2018 setup season, the weather here has been stellar.   Today I had to put on sunscreen for the first time ever before heading out to the yard. 

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I officially started the show last night (sat 12-1-18) and all went well.  It was a great evening with temps in the high 30s/low 40s and no rain.   Had about 25-30 cars over 6 hour period; not bad.  I'm sure most of them were local.  The new MegaTree being 22ft fits nicely into the display.  Going from 128 channels to 196 definitely makes sequencing a bit more time consuming.

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