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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.

canman23

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About canman23

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  • Birthday 01/01/1969

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  • Location
    Indiana
  • Biography
    Very new to all this..
  • Interests
    Sports, my kids
  • Occupation
    Public Works
  • About my display
    I just have a few lights up this year. Just leave them on maybe have 1500 bulbs.
  1. I joined the ICE page and got logged in. I will be at the 2010 ICE for sure..
  2. canman23

    CDI group buy

    Im new and really have nothing at all. However, I would like to start preparing for 2010 so, I may be interested.
  3. Hello, I'm new here and wanted to stop in and introduce myself. My name is Mike and I live in Noblesville. I have always wanted to have a cool light display and after seeing several of yours this season I think it's time for me to at least start getting ready for 2010 season. I have tons of questions (what newbie don't?) to ask all of you. I'll be honest I'm not good with electrical stuff. That worries me.. so that's why I'm here. I look forward to getting to know all of you and maybe get some help from you as well. I figure I can start buying things throughout the year to get ready just not sure where to start? Do I get lights, controllers, do I have enough juice in my power box in the garage? See, lots of questions... :santasmileyitty:
  4. I wanted to say hello and that I am very happy to have found this forum. I have always wanted to set up a good display at Christmas so, here I am full of questions etc.. I promise to not to a pest.. looking forward to posting all my questions and for any help you pros can give me. I live in Indiana so, hopefully some of my Hoosier pals can help me out for 2010 season. Some of you have some really awesome displays!!
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