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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.

dukester544600

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About dukester544600

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  • Birthday 07/20/1984

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  • Location
    Keswick, Ontario, Canada
  • Biography
    I love decorating for Christmas!
  • Interests
    Stock car racing, Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
    Heavy Equipment Operator
  • About my display
    I am new to holiday decorating. I like decorating my home for christmas. So far I have about 500 lights and they are all LED, but I do admit I have a bunch of candycanes that are the incandescent mini lights and I have 5 inflatables. I have one Gemmy Holiday Lightshow.
  1. I did send Paul and email this morning no respone as of yet. I would imagine being Sunday I wont hear from him till tomorrow. Only problem is that our local newspaper is coming Tuesday for photos.
  2. If anyone has any female vampire plugs they are looking to get rid of please send me a message as soon as possible. I am having a lighting ceremony with our local food pantry next Saturday and dont have enough plugs to hook everything up. Thanks for any help, Michael
  3. If anyone has any female vampire plugs they are looking to get rid of please send me a message as soon as possible. I am having a lighting ceremony with our local food pantry next Saturday and dont have enough plugs to hook everything up. Thanks for any help, Michael
  4. Can anyone recommend a good free safe HD to SD converter download? I downloaded the AVS software but it puts a picutre of AVS through out the video.
  5. Can anyone recommend a good free HD to SD converter download? I downloaded the AVS software but it puts a picutre of AVS through out the video.
  6. Found this video oniline and I would love to know how they made this. Check out the link below. <iframe src="http://www.dorkly.com/e/7638" width="600" height="338" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
  7. True enough I am not sure why I did not think of the most simple thing.
  8. I want to make a tower for something in my display next year and I want to put one light on top of it that flashes. what is the best way to go about doing this? It does not need to be a big bright light. A C9 bulb would do the trick. Any advice would be great, thank you.
  9. Those slip rings seem like they would be quite expensive. Is there any other way of making decorations with lights rotate and not pull out the cords?
  10. Can someone please explain to me how a rotating Christmas tree stand works? How do they add the electrical outlets without the cords being ripped out? Maybe it’s a dumb question but I would like to know. If anyone has any pictures of a disassembled rotating stand they could share with me that would be great. Thanks, Michael
  11. Can someone please attach a link to the post of Santa’s workshop with the elves that are working on toys. I am sure I saw it on planet Christmas last year but I cannot find it. Thanks for the help.
  12. Our house made it on the front page of our local newspaper for our Christmas lights. I posted a link to the article if anyone is iterested. http://www.yorkregion.com/news/local/article/1245912--dukes-lights-no-hazard#.TsZ2TSBzXFY.facebook
  13. I did a google search but I was not able to find them. Thank you very much for the info. It is greatly appreciated.
  14. I did a google search but I was not able to find them. Thank you very much for the info. It is greatly appreciated.
  15. Just wondering if anyone knows what the 10 songs that are built into the gemmy holiday light show are?
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