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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 Davester40

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  • Birthday 10/28/1962

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  • Location
    Wichita, KS
  • Biography
    Just starting out with automation.
  • Interests
    Just the lights
  • Occupation
    Service Mgr
  • About my display
    64 channels and over 19000 lights in 2010.
  1. I think a get together would be just fine. Just let me know when and where you guys want to do it.
  2. Davester40

    Ham-plus Topics?

    Thanks, Tim The main thing I was after was the location just so I know where I will be heading. I'm sure it's on the website but I must have overlooked it. But now I know for sure. Thanks for the info.
  3. Davester40

    Ham-plus Topics?

    I know I read this somewhere but I can't find it now. I just need to know the location and the dates for the meeting. Thanks All,
  4. I have to say we are doing pretty good so far although we are running the show minus one controller. The good thing is we were able to plug things into other channels and everything looks pretty good. I'll mess with the bad one later. All of the shows we have seen this year are looking great. (null)
  5. That Sucks Steve. Do you have any idea what caused it? I wondered what was going on as we stopped by Saturday night and it was dark. Just let me know if you need any help with anything.
  6. It works here but I wouldn't say it is great. I'm not sure when the new station started up but I just noticed it a few days ago. I'm kinda stuck with 99.7 for this year because of my signs. (null)
  7. I'm right there with you Steve. Been trading emails with Aaron from A L for a week or so now on our bad controller. I finally told him that I have the show up and running and I will just mess with it after the lights are turned off because I don't want to take a chance of messing anything up right now. The good thing is no one has noticed anything is wrong with the show (but me).
  8. Not sure on Biscuit yet. I will try to find out for sure.
  9. I'm working on building 16 north poles right now. Would be nice to see how you did yours.
  10. I sent Brad a message but haven't heard anything back yet.
  11. I told Biscuit about this and he is planning on coming by too.
  12. Sept. 10th. sounds good to me.
  13. Just let me know what day everyone is thinking about I'm usually open on the weekends. Just getting started builting some new stuff for this years display.
  14. I just checked with Biscuit and he won't make it. They are in the process of remodeling his parents kitchen.
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