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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.

Leroy

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About Leroy

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  • Birthday 08/14/1950

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke 2
  • Location
    Muskogee, OKlahoma
  • Biography
    Six year veteran
  • Interests
    Teaching, computer gaming, landscaping
  • Occupation
    College chaplain
  • About my display
    Been doing it about 7-8 years. Getting bigger each year

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  1. Looking to buy new or used blowmold of carolers. Need ASAP. Happy to pay appropriate price, shipping, costs, etc. Leroy Thompson
  2. I am looking to buy new or used blowmold of Christmas carolers, as large as possble. Vintage would be great. Will ba happy to pay appropriate price and shipping etc. Leroy Thompson Christmas Junkie
  3. Hello PC friends! I am the chaplain of Bacone College, a small private Christian College in Muskogee, OK. We are a mission of the American Baptist Church. For the first year ever we are doing a drive-thru campus Christmas light show. We want to end the trail with a lifesize nativity. We have very little money to spend. Suggestions? Thanks, Leroy Thompson
  4. I use nets on shrubs, trees, and as ground lights in flower beds. They are an easy way to light up ground spaces and create backgrounds.
  5. I am looking for commercial quality LED's in red, white and blue. 100 count strings. Outdoor. Green wire. Looks like we will be spending in the range of $10,000 instead of 5. Thanks, Leroy T.
  6. I am designing an outdoor display for a college campus. I want to create a winter wonderland of Christmas trees. I need 20 artificial trees--CHEAP! I can light them up--I just need the trees. Thanks, Leroy T.
  7. Friends: I am on the staff of a small private college. I have just been given a serious budget for lighting up our campus. Do you have suggestions for the best place to buy large quantities of lights (as in $5,000 worth) in bulk? I would prefer to buy LED's for the energy saving and the brightness. Do you know of a supplier who could provide lights in this kind of quantity? Thanks!
  8. I have been very frustrated that my schedule has made it impossible for me to get the last of my lights down here in the middle of February. I have never been so late. My mega tree, Bethlehem star, roof lights, mini tree's, wireframes, blowmolds are down but my lights in the trees and on shrubs are still in place. Today we had our first (and probably only) snow of the year. Since some of my lights are still in the trees and on the bushes, I lit them up tonight. They look wonderful against the snow. I'm suddenly in the Christmas spirit again in the middle of February. It feels really good Can anyone relate?
  9. Friends: I started this discussion thread mostly to air my own frustration, but it's obvious we all have our challenges. I thought I was the only guy having a bad time this year but I'm in good company, it seems. Today, Sunday, I finally got some more of my lights down. My set up is not nearly as big as most of them here but my work and church obligations have made it very hard for me to get anything done. I got my Holdman Bethlehem star, firesticks, and icicle lights down off the roof today. Taking the star apart and getting it all down off the roof is task. Just unscrewing 175 c-9;s takes time..I stepped across the street to talk to a neighbor and he said, "Why are you taking it down? In 8 months, you'll be putting it all up again!" WOW! At least the rest of the lights in the trees and bushes are not as noticable. I was late in getting set up this year and now I'm later than ever in getting things down. I'm hoping a better year for all of us!
  10. Darlene: While I'm glad to hear from you and to see your name again, I'm really sorry to hear about the awful year you had. I hope yoI ampur foot is well by now and work is calming down. I'm afraid mine is getting heavier. I am praying for all the PC folks here who have bad trying years. It is quite amazing that we all persevere in the midst of surgeries, illnesses, accidents, split responsibilitites and rising costs. God bless you each one, friends. Leroy
  11. I am Christmasjunkie. I've been on PC for about 4 years. Recently, the system has refused to recognize my login name. It tells me I haver not put in a user name when I have. I used my Facebook ID to log in today but I can't add to any of my former posts. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  12. PC friends: Your troubles make my seem small by comparison/ I play we will all have a better year and happier reports next January.
  13. I just lay them on the ground and let me GFI's take care of shorts
  14. This year didn't go at all like I expected. My work obligations tied up every weekend in Oct. My new driveway arch needed repairs before I even got it set up. I ended up having to replace more strings of lights than ever before. My son had touble making arrangements to come over and help me put my Bethlehim star on the roof. When I finally started operating, we had lots of rain and my GFI's shut down my show several nights. I messed up my light count on a couple of channels and had to move components to different channels which mient I had to do some quick changes in sequences. Now because of bronchitis and work I still don't have things down yet. All in all, a disappointing year. Can anyone relate?
  15. I built my new Holdman star in July but only got it up about 2 weeks ago. I put up my new LED blue icicle lights tonight. LOVE IT! Nothing like seeing the first lights come on. I'm finally able to do stuff that I've been thinking about since last December. I want to thank those who suggested packing away extension cords neatly and tying them up. The work I did today went faster because my cords were not a mess.
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