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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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    Vancouver Island
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    Newbie
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    lots
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    work hard
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    static for the most part
  1. This is an old post....This is one of the first decorations I made for my display....Thanks Dan..all you need is a motor on the back, with 4 arms (I used ready rod), the snow balls were some large plastic balls (painted white). I used a windshield wiper motor and a wally.... fun and easy to make...I do not know Dan, but he has several video's with different things he has made, very interesting......
  2. Well, I have my songs for this year: Christmas Vacation, Hockey Night In Canada, Mr. Grinch, Let it snow, Carol of Bells....same ones I used last year....I am just wondering if there are any suggestions for new songs. What is a good Jingle Bells song?, and what are some of the songs you guys/gals are using this year. I am looking for just a couple more, but have run into a brain freeze for some new songs.....what are you doing for 2011. I live on Vancouver Island, Canada so it's not like I live next to you...lol.....suggestions?
  3. Thanks Mark, looks like it would be a short trip from Vancouver Island. Will check with a buddy to see if he is interested....it was our first year with LOR and would be great to get some tips from the Pro's... Wayne
  4. Where in Washington? I have never been to a mini and would be interested to make the trip across the boarder....oh, I love the football team.......
  5. Has anyone used the Whole House FM Transmitter 2.0 that is sold on the LOR web site?
  6. National anthem?.....I did one for Hockey Night in Canada
  7. Been looking alot, they are out there...but was just thinking someone had one handy they could post......the ones I have tried look like a john deer tractor...nothing against john deer...
  8. Well, my wife bought me a mig welder for xmas...so...I am wondering if there are some pictures, or plans, for some wire frame trains.....so I can show her that I just don't watch TSN and drink beer in the garage...if you have some pic's please post them, or if you have a site that has some plans that would be great...thanks.... if not, I will just continue to watch TSN...
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    Vancouver Island????

    Thanks for the reply....I am going to jump to LOR this year, had a Mr. Christmas last couple years, but since I found this site i feel a little better about switching, not much of a computer guy, but have been reading as much as I can and think it will work out....thanks for the info....
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    Vancouver Island????

    thanks for the reply, just figuring things out here and now see some more ppl from Canada. quick question tho, do you know of any of these 'minis' in BC or Alberta.
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    strobe light question

    great, thanks for the help, I think I will try it this year. Nice work with the NP's, they look great, as does the whole display.
  12. Hope this is not a silly question. If you have a string of say, 12 c9 stobes, and turn them on in a show, do they all come on at the same time or do they flash at different times to create that shimmering look?
  13. Thanks, was thinking I need more, big believer of, go big or go home....They will be the main focus for my display. I might just put 5 in a row,that would allow me to put more lights on. I agree about the paint, was thinking about using the spray plastic, spray paint, does that really work? I would only use them for one year as I like to change things up. Thanks for the reply, from Vancouver Island in Canada. It is tough to get a up close look at other displays as there are not too may people using animated lighting.....
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