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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.

Uncle Al

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About Uncle Al

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  • Birthday 02/23/1973

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    Atlanta, GA
  • Biography
    I'm mechanically inclined and love technology.
  • Interests
    Tinkering and building things, music
  • Occupation
    Project Manager in the trade-show industry
  • About my display
    2,000 lights - very small but a start!

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  1. Christmas lights synchronized to Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  2. Hi Thomas, I have been battling GFCI trips with all of the rain we have been having. You might want to give me a day or so after things dry out before making a trip down to Hampton.
  3. How about a traffic counter like the ones that to local DOT uses on roads - the ones with the hose across the road? eBay has some infrared traffic counters for interior retail use that might could be adapted to outdoor use.
  4. I was just in Lowes tonight. They have incandescents on the shelves!
  5. Yep, Lowes mini's and Excel spreadsheets here too!
  6. Perimeter Mall is an easier drive for me than Cumming. So it gets my vote!
  7. I could work with the 10th. I'm in Hampton so closer to Atlanta would be less of a drive - but I'm willing to make a road trip.
  8. I went to the 2011 Expo. LOR did not take any orders at the show and said to wait for the Summer Sale. I would place an order with them right now before the sale ends.
  9. That is really awesome. Love the engineering!
  10. Very cool. I like them! Well done!
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