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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.


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    About twopugh

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    • Birthday 11/10/1981

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      husband and wife team - looking for knowledge - maybe a little friendly competition.
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      Mustangs, electronics, sewing, scrapbooking (his first, hers second)
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      Accountant & HVAC Man/parks guy
    • About my display
      2010 = year one.
    1. Or have you been bad and slacked? I got a nifty mini director for christmas this past year, need to kick it into gear...need motivation. I have the year 3 blues.
    2. Let me add...if I knew HOW to do a website, I would volunteer!!
    3. I agree wholeheartedly!!! I have so many people asking if I know of more addresses!!
    4. Lights up and going as of last night! Hope everyone had lady luck on their side during set up!! PM me your directions/website/addy and I'll send people your way, and you can send them mine!!
    5. I was so grossly disappointed in Shadracks. We went last year, and again this year...SAME SHOW this year!!!! Same sequences!!! Most of us hobbists redo our sequences or bring new songs to the table every year...and we do it for free!!! For 25 bucks, at least change the songs!!!!
    6. I use multi, clear, purple, and green (looking to add either blue or red this year). It definitely can work (and should). I think of it like my living room. Solid colored couch - multi colored pillows. It might not look so hot if you had a roof line (strands connected like this) clearclearclearclearmultimultimultimulticlearclearclear on the same channel, but if you had maybe the roof in clear and the windows in multi - not so bad. I know you're looking for different opinions and things to ponder upon, so think about this. A Christmas display is all about what is visually stimulating to Y
    7. You are exactly right - I need to do that. Are you running LEDs or incans?
    8. Skelton - do NOT worry - your display is already 19 times better than the houses with no display at all! I have learned a lot from the members here - reading back through old posts. Some even share their shows and layouts for you to see how someone else did it, so you can tweak and use for your show. Let us know where you are so we can show our support!
    9. Hey neighbors! We're in Donelson. Aaron - there are some REALLY good ones in Middle TN. SupermanBrandon has a great one there in "Cane Ridge", there are a couple of guys down in Murfreesboro that have some super ones. There is also a static drive thru' display off of highway 109. We drove thru' it (think it was 8 or 10 bucks?) a few years ago - however, I think it looks prettier from the road. Of course there is Shadrack's display at the campground up here (by Opryland); not sure if they are doing it again this year. Warning, it is pricey. This is only our second year doing this and
    10. I just figured out how to do the Shimmer/Fade - like if I wanted to shimmer out on a song and it fade into the distance. Yeah, well found it TOTALLY by accident. Albeit, this is only my second year doing this - and I have a rinky dink little show - I am still friggen ESTATIC!! ALL SHOWS ARE BEING REARANGED TO SHIMMER FADE. It will be like American Idol, all songs end in one big note. Shimmer/twinkle/fade is my big note. If anyone else is a dope and can't figure out how to do it, it's a "custom" thing. Go to the tool bar, change up your custom settings, and voila! This was totally wor
    11. Anyone diy tree flocking? And not the soap flake and paint brush junk either. I'm lookin for the heavily flocked look.
    12. So I am having a hard time doing the sweeping fade thing (I call it the paint brush stroke). You know what I'm talking about - Holdman is great at it, so are a few others. The "wave" with lights. Any tips on how to do this? I'm really struggling after playing with it for two years. Thanks compadres!
    13. If you're driving up I-65 - there are about (maybe 15-20) of us in Nashville area. There is also a commercial display AND the Opryland display that are pretty impressive. If you're driving, let me know - I can help you put together a "tour" map of the area!
    14. Been scouring the board (wireframes) and using the search tool - there was a nice set of "how to" instrs. w/ pictures on DIY snowflake wireframes. I bought all the junk to make them and stupidly thought - "oh, I can just log onto the board to get the instrs. later" and now I can't find them!! Anyone know what I'm talking about? One of the pictures on the thread had the "jig" drawn in sharpie on a guy's garage floor - and there were progress pictures - in a house against a beige wall - one lit and one un-lit. If anyone can help me out, I'd appreciate it!
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