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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.

JLewinski

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About JLewinski

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was a mere lad of six or seven years old living in Michigan, my belief in the magic of Santa Claus was carved in stone on Christmas morning. After all of the colorful wrapping paper had been ripped from the packages, tossed aside onto the floor, then picked-up and thrown away by my neat-nick mother, and all of the freshly acquired toys (and clothes?!) were dutifully opened and examined for future plans of fun filled (excluding the underwear and socks) days of youth, it occurred to me. WE DIDN'T HAVE A FIREPLACE! How in the heck could some gigantic, jolly old elf, carrying a sack full of all these goodies spread around beside me, get into my house? I began to question the entire situation. My father took me outside and showed my bewildered eyes, up high on the roof of our two-story house, sleigh tracks, a bunch of small hoof prints, and a single track of human footprints where SOMEONE walked across the roof to the downspout for the gutters. The footprints appeared again at the bottom of the downspout, around to the side of our house where they ended at our milk chute (an opening through the exterior of the house where the milkman would put our milk and butter). Dad explained that Santa must've come through the chute. After-all, there was all of that physical proof! Who could argue with that?
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    Oakland Park, FL
  • Biography
    Just a big kid at heart that wants an extreme Christmas display to inspire others.
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    computing, woodworking.
  • Occupation
    Engineering Designer
  • About my display
    Very traditional and quite static (stale). Came to this site to start working on next years display.

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  1. NICELY DONE! Looks to be about a 4" diameter pipe and about 6' tall. How are you planning to anchor them to the ground? Also curious, is that a plastic or glass globe? Make sure the bulb doesn't get too hot in there if it's plastic!
  2. Hi gang! Hey, I'm using Firefox ver 3.5.16 on a Windblows Vista machine. Ever since this site was upgraded, my "View New Content" link doesn't work. When I click on it, the new page opens and says that there IS NO NEW CONTENT, but there are new posts in the forums. I know I'm crazy, but what am I doing wrong? Does anyone else have this happen?
  3. Does anyone know if single color LED Strip Lights, preferably "flexible" strips, that chase or illuminate sequentially, are available. If so, who sells them. More specifically, I'm looking for an 18" 12VDC long strip, that can be bent (gentle curve), with red LED's. Any help at all is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Joe
  4. Inactive Marine. Served with the 4th Marine Air Wing from 1974 to 1982. Honorably discharged as an E6 Staff Sergeant. Looking back on my life, I wish I had stayed in. Semper Fidelis
  5. Hi Mary! Welcome aboard this crazy train. See if this helps you… http://www.lightorama.com/PDF/WhatDoINeed.pdf
  6. From everything I've learned over the years, ramping-up a situation leads to nothing but trouble. Since you've already admitted to "adjusting" his sprinklers, you may have noticed what type of sprinklers they are. With that info, go to the local garden shop that sells sprinklers and purchase a sprinkler screen that attaches to the sprinkler to direct the pattern away from you yard. Then deliver it to him with a smile and politely ask if he would mind using it during the season so your family can enjoy your display with tripping the GCFI devices that he apparently is unaware of. A friendly gesture begets the same. Just a thought.
  7. DO NOT LINK to the image on Planet Christmas. Instead, find the image you want to use, right-click on it and select the "save image as" option and save it to your own computer. You can THEN upload it to your web-server and use it from there. It is considered "bad form" to link to images on another website.
  8. Due to newly informed divorce procedings against me, I'm affraid I'll need to cancel my attendance at the FLPC Spring Mini for this year.. Have a good time all!!
  9. Thanks much! The you know, the better!
  10. Just used as extra packing material? Maybe that is a discontinued item and they figured it would be cheaper to use that than to buy packing peanuts or something.
  11. JLewinski

    Candy canes

    :121_reindeer: Beat me to it!!!:giggle:
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