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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.

ScroogeLightsUp

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I would have to say that it was when I was 4-5 years and all 5 of us kids laid on the floor in our pj's in front of the fireplace and took a Christmas morning picture. Then, nearly 50 years later, we surprised my Mom at her house in Arizona for Christmas and we laid back down and recreated that picture for her. Funny how your age makes laying down on the floor a lot more difficult....... :-)
  • Location
    White Winter Wastelands of Wisconsin
  • Biography
    After a ten year break from decorating outside my kids and grandkids have convinced me to start again. All or None !
  • Interests
    Fishing, (when there's time) Boating, (when it's not snowing) Now decorating will take over all fall..
  • Occupation
    I own a Moving company, taxi cab company and a pallet manufacuring business
  • About my display
    This year was a last minute static display with about 15,000 lights. We have already purchased another 25,000 lights for next years computerized display. It's a curse and I blame my children...... :)
  1. Nice and clean display ! I really like the little gingerbread set
  2. I use audacity as well ! Good luck !
  3. Reminds me of my house on the lake last year (I've recently moved a half hour north). About December 10th, I get a call from the neighbor lady who is in her 90's... In her meek and feeble voice she asks if I was going to put "The Christmas Tree" out on the lake again ? Mind you there was only about 2-3 inches of ice on the lake at that point and because it wasn't safe I hadn't planned on doing it.... Next day, I put a life jacket and borrow a small jon boat, push the 6' pre-lit tree 500' feet out onto the lake and unwrap the extension cords on my way back to shore. The next night I get a call from her thanking me and telling how much joy she gets seeing that lone lit up tree out in the middle of the lake every year... And THAT is why we do what we do....
  4. Maybe it's just me and my Alzheimers kicking in, but can anyone give me a link/idea's where I can buy red mini icicle light strings.. Cannot find them anywhere locally for the last couple years and I haven't been able to find them online. I don't need them for this year but certainly will for next year.... Thank you and blessings !!
  5. That is a great idea and an awesome job !!
  6. Use a heavy duty PVC coupler. If you have a 3" flag pole, then you'd want a coupler that enlarges pipe fittings from 4" to 6" . Attach as many Eye Hooks to it as you have strings of lights. Attach a brass or stainless pulley to the top of your flagpole and run the cable down to 2 sides of the coupler. I use a boat trailer winch that I mount to the base of the stand to crank it up when all the strings of lights are attached. Usually it's a 2 person job to keep everything spread out and in line. When the lighting season is over, you just crank it down, unhook the strings of lights and leave the PVC coupler on the bottom till next year. I just scored on a 18' aluminum pole that I am reconfiguring to work in my stand so mine is off line this year otherwise I would send pics of my set up. Hope this helps you.
  7. It takes nimble fingers to sequence that song ! Wow ! Great job and thanks !
  8. We were all new once upon a time..... This is the best forum ever.. i have learned much over the years and if I could afford it, would love to spend all my time on my Christmas Display... Welcome Welcome !
  9. Ok. My iphone couldn't pickup who sings this but i would sure like to use the song in my display also.... please please... who sings this ?
  10. Hey everyone ! With only 8 months to go I realized that I need some red icicle lights for my house and cabin. Can anyone give me a website I can order these from please???? Thanks much ! Gregg
  11. http://ak.imgag.com/imgag/product/preview/flash/pdShell.swf?ihost=http://ak.imgag.com/imgag&brandldrPath=/product/full/el/&cardNum=/product/full/ap/3173936/graphic1 Just thought I would share this with everyone
  12. Hey Rob (and all) I'm thinking of doing the same thing on my place in Wisconsin. We're presently getting a foot of snow and I haven't figured out how to elevate the strings up off the shingles without damaging the roof itself. If there's anyone out there who can advise on this we would should sure appreciate it. Many thanx !!
  13. This is an old thread, but can anyone tell me where to find it ?? Looked on Amazon and no luck there but I'm sure some site has it. Many thanks all !
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