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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.

jonnyci

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About jonnyci

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  • Birthday 04/25/1971

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  • Location
    Illinois
  • Biography
    Beginner when it comes to computerized displays
  • Interests
    Driving my neighbors crazy
  • Occupation
    IT Geek
  • About my display
    Standard lights thrown around here and there
  1. So how do you plan to incorporate the floods in your display? Do you sequence you lights to music?
  2. So how do you plan to control the individual colors?
  3. No blow molds for me either. Love the "clean" look as well. Neatly wrapped trees, net lights, roof lines, mini mega trees, mini trees and arches. I've never bought a set of "multi" lights, it's all one solid color string of lights. I can make a multi string come on if I want to by having all of the green, red, white and blue on a tree come on, but I personally dont like the look. I even jumped up 32 more channels this year to try and keep that look going on the new house we moved into. Will definitely be diving into RGB and Pixel based lighting very soon.
  4. You can also go to Richard Holdmans behind the scenes video and he shows you how he deals with his and the winds, etc. Hancock Christmas Lights has taken many ideas from Richard it appears.
  5. Couple of thoughts on your initial post, after viewing your video. You have plenty of opportunity to improve on what you have. I am not bashing your display, but things in everyone's display, except those elite few, could always be cleanded up. If you are done with the display, then you are done. Instead of packing your stuff away, you can sell it. As you noted, there are plenty of people out there who are getting into what is becoming a year round hobby.
  6. Isn't this a hobby? As everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, I wouldn't think that there would need to be limits on creativity. If you enjoy the display, enjoy the work, can build upon it each year, then why not either carry on the tradition, or get involved? Does it really matter that there are more animated displays? There are more and more static displays each year in my area. It sounds as if some people want to be the only "show" in town
  7. How has your Mega Tree held up with this latest storm?
  8. Hi Cliff Thanks for the info. Yes, pics would be great. Visual learner here.
  9. Was wondering if anyone has cut rope lighting? If so how would you go about it? Pics and how to if possible Thanks
  10. jonnyci

    Green Lights

    Where did all of the green lights go?
  11. Does anyone know how many mini lights the Holiday Coro 46 inch x 46 inch singing pumpkin uses?
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