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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.

MrsLaFournaise

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About MrsLaFournaise

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  • Birthday March 11

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    www.socalchristmas.com

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  • Location
    Temecula, California, USA
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    Surfing the web, creating and updating personal web, Parties and decorating
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    Wife to CLafournaise and Mother to 4 beautiful children
  1. Looking forward to teaching the Website Class at this Workshop! And now the I am really excited about the Expo Floor being OPEN to the general public too! AWESOME! I hope to see everyone there! KK
  2. See the Craigslist ad: http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/gms/1106289537.html Please do not DM/PM me at PC I rarely visit here. You can email me directly at [email protected] Best wishes all! KK & Chris LaFournaise
  3. Oh, and hey it's a 3-day weekend for most people! So you can fly in or drive from other states too and not have to worry about taking time off of your job ;-) Nevada, Arizona, TEXAS, Utah, NM, Oregon, WA, Idaho, Montana... Illinois! It is at least worth the trip for the beautiful weather we have in Cali! :-) KK
  4. Thanks Tim :-) Yeah, it will might be hard not doing the big show and seeing the Trolley visit us every night. The girls LOVE handing out candy canes to the Trolley Tour visitors and other groups of kids that come to visit. Our kids love the lights show a lot too. Luckily thought this town is Christmas Light Crazy! even her Preschool decorates! So it will be nice to get out and finally visit with other people and see their lights. Thanks Tim, for your support. KK
  5. Hi Christmas friends! :-) This year was a little hard for Chris and I to get motivated to put our lights up for so many reasons. We found a way though. We sadly canceled our Galaxia order and bought only a few new strands of mini's and added nothing new to our collection of fun stuff. This week, I even walked away from Rite Aid's 75% off sale of LEDs and other lights with nothing but Bob's mini Candy Cane's in my hand. :-) That is when I knew... We ran the show with different effects, no new music and about half the decorations a lights that we actually own. It still took us all month to get up the lights! So the conclusion that Chris and I came to is that we should take a break from the "Light Show" for a while. Next year if we do anything it will be some colored eve lights (just can't do clear no matter how tired we are) and a deer out in the yard ;-) that's it. Our kids are growing so quickly and we really just want to enjoy their littleness while we can by using the time and money for special family times. Like going to Disneyland and actually staying the night, or going to the mountains and playing in the snow when it first falls. Things we can't do if we are too busy building and protecting our display. ;-) So if you are in SoCal this next week we would love for you stop by and see the lights. Otherwise, we do have a few videos on our website that we will leave up. Now, just so no one is confused, this doesn't mean that we are done with the Christmas Communities. We are also STILL planning the BIGGEST and BEST Christmas Lights Workshop & Expo in the WEST! Which, even if we weren't involved in the planning of... we would attend, just because of the surprise guests we have coming! We just need to take some time from the LaFournaise decorating frenzy. I am sure you old timers have been at this spot once yourselves ;-) Merry Christmas Everyone! Love, KK
  6. Hello Friends! October is "Early Registration" Month. It is the LAST month for Saving $20 by registering early and paying only $50 for the CaCL 2009 Workshop & Expo. Your $50 fee will include, Workshop Classes, Expo Floor access, Lunch on both Sat. and Sun., A Ticket to the Saturday Night Banquet and Awards Dinner and a goody-bag with your Workshop Book to take home. We have had questions about spouses or partners wanting to come to the meals but not wanting to attend the Workshops. No Problem! :-) We will still need them to register as well. Basically the Expo Access and Workshop Classes are FREE. The Dinner Ticket is $40 and Lunches for both days is $30. We are only charging for the meals. So you can see the great savings EVERYONE is getting this month by registering for the $50 FEE. We will also be drawing on November 1, 2008 ONE LUCKY PAID Registrant's Name and reimbursing them their FEE for the CaCL 2009 Workshop & Expo! Right now your odds are REALLY GOOD! SO GO REGISTER NOW! http://workshop.californiachristmaslights.com or if you don't want to use PayPal, you can PM for other arrangements. GOOD LUCK!
  7. MrsLaFournaise

    Road Trip!

    Hi Nevada! We are so excited to be finally hosting the BIGGEST, BEST and BRIGHTEST Workshop & Expo right next door to you all! We sure would love to have you come over for a visit next Memorial Weekend and attend the CaCL 2009 Workshop & Expo in Sacramento. We also don't want you to miss out on the chance to save $20 by taking advantage of the "Early Registration" Price of $50/pp. This includes two days of lunches, Sat. Night Dinner Banquet, Workshop Classes for both the novice and advanced decorators as well as an Expo Pass. To register or for more info, you can visit: http://workshop.californiachristmaslights.com The "Early Registration" of $50 ends October 31, 2008. Can't wait to see our really fun NEVADA Neighbors! I know we all be visiting Tahoe and Vegas as much as we can in the meantime ;-) - LOL! KK
  8. Hello Washington! We would like to extend an invite to you all to come to the CaCL 2009 Workshop & Expo in Sacrament next Memorial Weekend. We are inviting you know because we know it's quite the drive or flight down to Sacramento and want to help you save a few dollars on the Early Registration price. So don't miss out on the chance to save $20 by taking advantage of the "Early Registration" Price of $50/pp. This includes two days of lunches, Sat. Night Dinner Banquet, Workshop Classes for both the novice and advanced decorators as well as an Expo Pass. To register or for more info, you can visit: http://workshop.californiachristmaslights.com The "Early Registration" of $50 ends October 31, 2008. We hope you will come down and join us! KK
  9. What he said! MMMM...... Sounds really good! :-) I think I have to try this now. THANKS! KK
  10. Welcome Garrison! I look forward to seeing what you do with your display this year and next as you take on learning to Animate your lights to music. You will find a lot of very helpful people here. :-) Have a great day! KK
  11. Hi Oregonians! :-) I would like to personally (on behalf of the California Christmas Light members) extend an invitation to you all to come to the CaCL 2009 Workshop & Expo in Sacrament next Memorial Weekend. I didn't want you to miss out on the chance to save $20 by taking advantage of the "Early Registration" Price of $50/pp. This includes two days of lunches, Sat. Night Dinner Banquet, Workshop Classes for both the novice and advanced decorators as well as an Expo Pass. To register or for more info, you can visit: http://workshop.californiachristmaslights.com The "Early Registration" of $50 ends October 31, 2008. We hope you will come down and join us! Kerilyn
  12. I saw some like that in my Lillian Vernon catalog this month too: http://www.lillianvernon.com/catalog/product_display.jsp?pdId=8657&name=Spiderweb+Stands&parentCatId=7&catId=1140 They are cute and a great idea. KK
  13. MrsLaFournaise

    wire forms

    Dan, welcome to the Krazy world of Christmas Lights :-) It's great that you are excited about building your own display items and expanding your display to animation. It can be overwhelming and overloading all the great things you see others doing. Just remember to take it slow, baby steps :-) Hopefully you will have many years to come of adding on to your display and making it better each year. No one should feel they have to do it ALL at once ;-) Static displays are very beautiful and fun too! and should be given their due here as well. My husband and I have even thought of turning off the music and the computer this year and just doing a static display again. But our neighbors, who decorate with us, have out voted us. My point Dan is, always be happy with the display you have and don't feel pressured to keep up with the Christmas Jones's of the world ;-) Just a little experience from an oldy to a newbie ;-) Merry Christmas! KK
  14. Thank you VERY MUCH Howard for a GREAT WORKSHOP and Lunch! Everyone who gave a demonstration... Thank you! You all were wonderful! and Your Ideas were inspiring. We can't wait to see you all again at other California Christmas Light meetings and workshops all over California this year. We especially look forward to seeing you all at the CaCL 2009 Workshop and Expo! If you enjoyed all the fun projects at this weekend's Workshop, then you will be sure to enjoy all the many more classes and projects at the CaCL 2009 Workshop next Memorial Weekend in Sacramento. Thanks to those of you have registered this weekend for the 2009 Workshop & Expo! If anyone else wants to register for the Pre-Registration Special before October 31, 2008 - it is $50 per person and includes lunches for two days and a ticket to the Banquet Dinner on Sat. night. Thanks again HOWARD! YOUR AWESOME! To resister visit: http://workshop.californiachristmaslights.com
  15. MrsLaFournaise

    Ike

    Thanks Jeff for the update. I hadn't been able to reach Ryan yet, so I am glad he is holding up with friends. I am thinking of you all! Keep High and Dry! Love you TCL guys! KK
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