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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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About s8830906

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  • Birthday 01/19/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    "THE" Christmas Story; Luke 2:7-14
  • Location
    Augusta, GA
  • Biography
    38 year old Male who is crazy about Christmas!! Spend all year looking for the next big thing to get all the ooohs and aaahhs going!
  • Interests
    LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS!!! Fishing, Bike Riding, Home theater, Computer Programming........
  • Occupation
    Machine Operator at Large Paper Mill
  • About my display
    Right now, roughly 15,000 lights. This is our first year using Light O Rama controllers and wow, a whole new world. We had an out of the box setup last year that you just plugged in an mp3 player and it did everything, which means you had very little control. However it did win us our first contest, so of course we are trying to defend that title. Call us crazy, but all this to win a 100 dollar prize...lol!!! Anyway, we have about a 12' 16 channel mega tree, (2) 15 ft arches, 5 wire trees, a 6' x 9' Marty Fan, and a rope light Merry Christmas Sign, all of which totals 48 channels controlled by Light O Rama setup. The rest is just a static display, but it is quite pleasing to say the least. Had (2) 30Amp Breakers and outlets added last year to handle the display, may add (2) more this year. Working on my first Nativity Scene, in which I built the stable out of some wood I got from work, and the figures from Lowes. Cant wait to get finished and have everything up and running, h

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About Me

Well, I felt it was time to update my info once again. (Not sure if anyone even has time to read this stuff).  2013 has been a long, up and down year for us.  Lost quite a few family members, continuous changes/challenges at work, oldest began driving, then just the day-to-day ho-hum.  However, still thankful for all I (we) have and all the blessings from above.  So glad to be able to decorate like we do and share with our community.  This is our 5th year using LOR (up to 64CH).  Our goal is to finally begin adding again, hope to be at 128CH for 2014.  Have big plans for the display already, and will begin work on things in Jan shortly after takedown.  As stated before, I have learned a lot here on PC.  I really enjoy this site, as it is a place for enthuisasts of our hobby to come together and share or create new ideas.

Enjoy your Holiday Season: Merry Christmas!!


Here's hoping for a better 2014!

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