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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 manrmark

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    • Birthday 06/18/1964

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      Scottsbluff, NE
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      Christmas Lights
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      Self Employed
    • About my display
      We did 16 channels of LOR this year(2009), could of done 64 if I would of started earlier.
      I'm planning on 64 plus for 2010
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    2. Chuck Smith You won't have to hide in the bushes anymore with a set up like this. Mark
    3. I would like to buy a video security setup and I've searched the posts, and maybe I missed it somewhere but I've read to many that say "This looks like a good price but I don't own one" or "buy a gun and stay up all night" or "hide in the bushes" or "buy the good camera and not the cheap one" I could go on and on Who uses security cameras? What do you use? What do you like/dislike about your setup? What specific video camera setup would you recommend? I don't want a cheap system or dummy cameras but I don't want to break the bank either. I'm sure somebody out here in P
    4. Yesterday I bought 7 green and 1 red flood lights for .74 cents each. I also picked up 18 boxes of commercial 150 count white lights for $1.00 per box., not sure what I'll use them:confused: for but they looked lonely on the shelf, they went to a good home. I passed on several tree stands and tree skirts. Mark
    5. I'll try my pictures again I have a few more if you like these Mark [ATTACH]29080[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]29081[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]29082[/ATTACH]
    6. I'm planning on making one myself, matter of fact I just receive my rope light today Manning Christmas web site show his http://www.manningchristmas.com.au/?page=gallery&id=1 Christmas Displays has another but I think it's the same one? http://www.christmasdisplays.net/projects/wireframetrain.php Here's a few pictures I took at Disney World, Hollywood Studios Oct 2009 See my post below for pictures Mark
    7. Have you looked into the fiberglass driveway markers? Not sure if they will work but I thought I would throw that out there. The most common are 4' tall but there only 1/4' round I know they make them taller and they do come in a larger diameter but I haven't hung any lights on them so I wouldn't know if there strong enough, there supose to be tough enough to be ran over by a car and spring back up. I know Menards sells them and I think Lowes does to, I haven't seen any at our Home Depot. Mark
    8. I've only been here a couple of months, lurking for a year, I've learned alot, this really is a great group of people. And like they said don't take Chuck serious He's the guy on the right Mark
    9. I see you made some digital fireworks heads, I ran across a post you did. Do you have any pictures or video's of them in action. I'm thinking of making some. Thanks Mark [email protected]arter.net

    10. Shaun It wouldn't hurt to give them a call. The music they used is still fresh in their minds, meaning it takes alot of practice for them to hit every note correctly. My daughters been playing for 8 years and I have to brag alittle she's pretty good but when they start a new song she will on ocasion miss a note or two. Mark
    11. Most High School band rooms are set up to record music, or should I say your larger more modern schools are. I know in our High School there usually not ready to perform till about a week before the Christmas concert which is usually the first part of Dec. so you would probally have to burn the midnight oil to sequence your lights:eek: I guess the upside is that you would have it for years down the road. Just my 2 cent Mark
    12. I was thinking about doing that next year. My daughters a senior this year and when we were at her Christmas band concert this year I found myself tapping my foot, imaging how that song would look with my display (could add that one to the top 10 signs your a Christmas light addict) I'm on the school board here so I don't think it would be any problem getting a recording, Being on the board doesn't give me any pull, I don't think I could request a special song, so I guess I would have to just pick from one of their songs they play next year. They usually play medleys, some parts of the
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