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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 JediKnight2

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  • Birthday 02/14/1978

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  • Location
    Wilmington, NC
  • Biography
    New to all of this
  • Interests
    Swimming, Mountain Biking
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  • About my display
    2009 will be my first animated display...have had a static display since 2000
  1. If anyone has photos of a completed one I would appreciate it...just so I can see what the finished product looks like.
  2. Trying to get them uploaded for family... Just a few of my sequences this year...I have 4 more to finish and upload...family out of town BEGGIN me for them right now... http://www.smithfamilychristmas.com/media/2011Intro.wmv http://www.smithfamilychristmas.com/media/2011CarolofTheBells.wmv http://www.smithfamilychristmas.com/media/2011BestChristmasofAll.wmv
  3. You know what...THIS FORUM IS ALMOST USELESS without access to prior information...VERY frustrating!
  4. Tell ya what...when the government stops giving corporations reasons to outsource, unions are abolished so that companies can actually make money and Americans start taking some pride again in their products...I'm going to buy the 20 dollar Chinese knock off, that will break in a year over the 200 dollar American product that will break in probably less time...I support American business when the quality and workmanship warrant it....if they don't have pride in their product...why would I be expected to support that product?...Harsh..maybe...but that 200 dollar product would probably be 30 dollars if someone without a diploma sweeping the floor wasn't making 60 dollars an hour on double time...
  5. Don't wanna be negative...but I don't like it...looks like a bunch of flashing lights...doesn't really looked sequenced to the music to me...
  6. My house is being built and will be done in a few weeks. I did opt to have a bigger electrical panel put in...the 30 slot panel is almost full in the model I purchased. I opted to purchase a 40 slot panel. I am going to have the electrician come back after the final to install some additional outlets for me. I guess I have two options and want to know what one would be better. The panel is in the garage, so most of my controllers will be in there on the wall. I can either have him wire up 4 dedicated 20AMP outlets OR have him put in a single outlet with a dryer type outlet and plug that into a subpanel I can move....I have 200AMP service to this home.
  7. Lowes here has CRAP for Halloween, Wal-Mart JUST put their Halloween stuff out, Target has HAD their stuff out for a couple of weeks. I walked thru the back last night in Wally World and didn't see any Christmas stuff yet.
  8. I have welded together some wireframes with 3.16" round stock and was wondering if anyone had an idea of where to buy little rubber caps to put on the ends? When you buy things like that at HD or Lowes they come with a little soft rubber cap so you don't scrape yourself...
  9. frost...welding really isn't that hard...keeping the welds neat takes time...but the actual welding...like putting down caulk...except with sparks
  10. Yeah...it AMAZES me how some people find it OK to steal from others..We had a HUGE rash of thefts from end of October thru December last year...they hit 12 houses in a DAY on week...it was someone getting hit almost DAILY...they were doing it during the day when everyone was at work! Just last week they FINALLY caught them...FIVE of them....3 15 year olds, a 16 year old and a 19 year old. Bail set at 250,000 dollars each....I hope they NEVER GET OUT! After they started though I put in my own alarm system a Honeywell Lynx Plus system...it is monitored for 12.95 a month! When the thing goes off it is so loud your ears ring and its uncomfortable...the sensors are pet friendly so they don't set them off. I paid a total of 400 bucks for all of it...sensors, alarm, panel. I told some people at our HOA meeting about it and had a smarty pants say..SOME OF US can't afford that...to which my response was..the first time your door is kicked in and they steal something...you'll pay the 400 just to pay for that!
  11. Well...after thinking I wasn't going to do a show this year because of my house being on the market...I was asked to do a show at the local Chick-Fil-A....one of the local stations came by to do a piece on it last night! http://www.wwaytv3.com/chick-fil-lights-wilmington/12/2010 Makes me feel nice that people are enjoying it and appreciate the show!
  12. The way I made my snowflakes was to create a jig out of MDF plywood. I just bought a 2'x4' piece from lowes for like 5 bucks. I then traced my design onto the plywood and routed it out...from there all you do is cut your wire to length, lay it in the groove and weld it. My snowflakes are 4', so the jig allows me to do half and then flip it for the other half.
  13. I would have to agree here...that song is EASILY attainable. HOWEVER...I have asked for songs in the past that fall into the following two categories...A) Not for sale anywhere and you cannot find it or You have to purchase an ENTIRE album in order to get the song. THAT is CRAPPY!
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