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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.

jandelee

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About jandelee

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  • Birthday 05/05/1967

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Emmanuel - God with us
  • Location
    Sterling, VA (was Melbourne, FL)
  • Biography
    Saw Carson's video a few years ago and wanted to try animation, but was initially turned off by the cost. Finally decided to try 16 channels LOR in 2009, and have been hooked ever since. Expanding to 64 channels in 2010.
  • Interests
    music
  • Occupation
    engineer
  • About my display
    96 channel LOR & 120 channel DMX - about 14k lights, mostly LED

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  1. Home Depot in the DC area went 75% off on Dec 31. Walmart still at 50% for now...
  2. Home Depots in the DC area went 75% off today...still keeping an eye on Walmart which is at 50% off and still has some things I'm interested in...
  3. Happened to be browsing the homedepot.com site and searched for "slide on plug". They have both male and female plugs in stock, $45.98 for 100 count and free shipping. Direct link for male plug: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Green-Male-Slide-On-Plug-Pack-of-100-14-330/100652709 Direct link for female plug: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Green-Female-Slide-On-Connectors-Pack-of-100-14-331/100652717 I've used these with SPT-1 wire for many years now...works really well. In years past these often sell out before Thanksgiving, so I wouldn't wait too long to order.
  4. Can you post the address please? The site is having issues which are preventing me from looking it up. Thanks!
  5. I tried the link, but there's no content...
  6. Will the event sponsors be present and/or will we be able to order some of their products? Will a schedule for the Saturday events be posted in advance? Trying to plan cause we are flying in from va. Thanks! Sent from my SGH-T989 using Tapatalk 2
  7. jandelee

    Xenon Strobes

    Don, Hello from your ex-Melbourne neighbor. I've used the Xenon strobes from CLS for the last few years (you've seen them in the display) and they have worked well for me. How are things down in Fla? First day of hurricane season, right?
  8. jandelee

    Va. Mini Plus

    Just moved up Florida at the beginning of the year and I'm looking forward to meeting fellow decorators in the Virginia area (I'm in Herndon). I'll be watching the thread to see when and where the mini occurs. Guess I should change my profile, too!
  9. Count me in! I plan to bring some red and green mini's to sell/trade. John
  10. For those of you thinking of going to Christmas Expo/PLUS 2011, we found a really good deal on AirTran from Orlando direct to Asheville, NC (about 1 hr 40 mins from Gatlinburg). We paid $161 round trip including tax if you fly up on Tuesday (June 28) and return on Sunday (July 3), which allows you to attend the entire conference. When I figured the cost of gas for driving, it was a no-brainer. I just checked and the fare is still available...
  11. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in an Orlando mini in this thread here: I myself am not able to host an Orlando mini, but I would be glad to bring some of my display elements, such as my 2d mini-mega tree and the wheel (see the 2010 vids for examples of what these look like).
  12. I will cast a vote for Orlando as well.
  13. While I cannot offer my house to host the mini, I will offer to bring some of the display elements I built for 2010, such as the 2D light tree and the wheel. I learned a lot by looking at the display elements that folks were kind enough to bring to the 2009 mini, so I would be glad to return the favor.
  14. I solved my problem...bought two sets of 35 ct at K-Mart in each color...was perfect for the wreath. I have two sizes of wreaths this year...the larger one looks great with 100 ct, so I didn't want to use the same light count on the smaller one, which would have made it looked unbalanced. So 70 was perfect!
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