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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.

Kelsicia

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About Kelsicia

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  • Birthday 12/13/1982

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  • Location
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Biography
    Obsessed about Christmas lights
  • Interests
    Computer controlling Christmas lights.
    Making Buckeyes, and brownies for tailgating!
    Cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes(Brutus, Band, and of course the football team).
  • Occupation
    Work At Home, Stay at home Mom, Computer Geek
  • About my display
    I was able to start after 2 years of begging my husband for a light controller. Just started with 16 channel Light-O-Rama controller with 8000 lights in a mega tree. I alternated the Red, White, and Green lights on the tree. We didn't really know what we were doing at first but now have a new respect for mega trees. For our first try it is not bad however we now realize that maxing out the number of sets of lights on each channel WILL make the lights in the house dim in time with the tree.
  1. So question. After all the money and time I have spent on these LOR controller boxes (ie. soldering) and so forth my husband feels it would be okay to just put them in plastic storage bins to keep them dry and secure. Any other suggestions for security for an open acre yard with no little to no trees close to the display items, or should I just use most of all of my SPT2 cord and keep the boxes in the garage about 100 feet away? All I know is those hooligans("GRINCHES") will have to spend more time trying to get my stuff than it took me to make it...
  2. Hey everyone, Have you ever wanted beer can chicken in the winter? Well listen up. Get the following ready: Small whole chicken (thawed) Oven Bags(select the appropriate size bag for small chicken(yes, there are 2 sizes)) either a beer can chicken rack or a an empty can(vegetable can(empty can of corn)) Beer(darker the better honey beer or honey wine works really well) and(very important) Webber Beer Can Chicken Seasoning(in the seasoning section of the store) Preheat oven to 350 degrees, While heating put the can or the rack with the beer can in it into the Oven bag in at least an 1" deep roasting pan or casserole dish. Take the chicken(remove the guts(if necessary)) then rinse off the chicken inside and out with cold water. Then dry it using papertowels(be careful to make sure no extra papertowel gets left behind). Then rub in the beer can chicken seasoning into the chicken. Make sure to rub plenty on both the outside of the chicken and then inside the ckicken. Take the beer and pour half into the can. Then carefully place the chick so it looks as if it is standing over the can of beer which is in the oven bag. Close the oven bag over the chicken and the can using the ties provided with the oven bags. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. No need to do anything else until it is finished. Check with meat thermometer to ensure it is fully cooked but otherwise it is very easy and healthy and it always comes out perfect. You can also use honey wine if you like. You can always try other things(seasonings) with the chicken but I have always found that those oven bags work perfectly everytime. Not only that but cooking your own is a lot more healthy than a store bought one. Good luck.
  3. Either way it will look great. By the way, Holdman is the whole reason I started this crazy light thing. My husband and family think I am crazy, that is until they saw the mega tree I built last year with my first LOR 16 channel controller. Just as a word to the wise. We went the route of putting the controller to the test by putting 5 strands of 100 mini lights per each channel(maxing it out without breaking it) and the house lights would dim in time to the music. While in my parents house, I could tell which song was on based on the inside lights(sad but true). Oh also, in regards to Holdman's Christmas display, I read on his website (www.holdman.com) that the display may be at his house again for the 2010 season! Can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Good luck with your mega tree and don't forget Planet Christmas has a wealth of knowledge and pictures for dyi stuff. I don't know where I would be without it.
  4. Let me know how you are going to do it. I have a couple of designs in mind myself with fence posts however with my design I am thinking I may need a steel pole due to the amount of weight(lights/pvc/rope/wind/snow). I am thinking of putting multiple pulleys at the top so I was hoping to avoid wires at all possible... Just remember.. Only 95 days until Christmas!
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