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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.

    Lisa R.

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    About Lisa R.

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    • Birthday 11/23/1959

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      We use the virtual Santa DVD and love it. One night before Christmas we turn it off and have the real Santa come visit for the neighborhood children. Makes our season !!
    • Location
      Fort Worth
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      Vintage cars
    • Occupation
      Owner construction and concrete company
    • About my display
      We now live on a small lake that has been will know for it's light display. Due to is't aging population it's not what it was. Since we moved here in 2013 we have worked hard to help revive it. We have 8 leaping reindeer, an 15 ft. tall waving Santa. This year we will be adding a 16' RDG mega tree to our dock. We have a large sloping lawn and use the Lawn Lights, I really recommend them ! We have had Santa come visit one evening before in the front for two years, what a beautiful event. Getting bigger and bigger ! This year the front yard will be redone to look like Santa's workshop. Isn't Christmas wonderful ???

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    1. Hello everyone, this will be our 6th year to host Santa Night for our neighborhood, Santa comes to our home. I'm looking for any suggestions on fun ideas to make the night even more memorable for my community. We do close down our street, I have hot chcolate and cookies. I rent a Frosty costume for a neighbor to wear. We roast marshmallows, one of my neighborhs owns a large magic and costume shop and loans us a big snow machine. Now the neighborhood association is renting horse and carriages. I know that sounds like a lot but I feel like I might be missing something really sweet or spec
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      Looking for the best source for the brightest C-9's. Thank you !
    3. What is the best way to light an indoor window scene ? I have the back black out with the scene on a table. Thank you !
    4. We have hosted a neighborhood Santa Night at our home for the last 5 years. We generally have around 120 kids stop by, it's a very sweet night. This year the neighborhood association is renting a large horse and carriage for free rides, should be awesome! I would like to step up my game a little . In the past I have usually given out hot chocolate and cookies, had a photo backdrop related to the neighborhood . I would like to hear about any of you alls traditions if you host an event like this. Thanks !
    5. Thanks for the help ! I have another question. On the LOR sequencing editor we have 32 channels to work with, how do I make that 64 channels ?
    6. Thanks everyone for the tips ! I will be contacting LOR tomorrow ! Isn't it the way it goes just before you need things to go smoothly !
    7. Hello everyone, I have one controller that has one channel that is stuck in the on position. Is that a bad triac ? Is there a way for me to fix this ?hanks Thanks !
    8. Hello everyone, I am adding a 3 and 4th controller this year. Our existing programing is is for 32 channels. Can we use our old programming and expand or do we have to use all new programming ? THANKS !
    9. Hello everyone. I thought since ya'll are Halloween nuts I would post a question here. Could anyone give me instructions on how to sequence a signing pumpkin, vampire face ? I can build it, just having a little trouble with the timing. Any information would be appreciated ! I have the LOR controllers and all we use for Christmas.
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