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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.
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christmas_presence

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About christmas_presence

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  • Birthday 09/11/1981

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  • Location
    Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia
  • Biography
    I am a 28 year old single mother who loves making kid smile. I love the idea of making someones day with the simple words "Merry Christmas".
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights and all that it entails
  • Occupation
    Media officer
  • About my display
    My display is rapidly growing and was in its sixth year this year in 3 different incarnations in 3 different houses. While i am dissapointed in my display ( I currently have some difficulties with the lay of the house on the property) I will continue to strive to go bigger and better every year. My friends across the street and i have started a tradition and this year went from houses in the street with lights to 15 houses in varying states of display. We raise money for charity and I am proud to say that this year we raised $1900 for a boy in our city who needed a wheelchair.
  1. Hi, I have been considering going to LOR for the last 2 years but after really looking into what i will have to do lights wise i have decided to leave it for the 2010 display and look into it for the 2011 display. To get the effects that i would like i would need to roughly double what i had planned (and budgeted for ) in LED for 2010. Making 2011 the better year for starting LOR. But thanks for linking me to the other posts. When i go LOR i will finally know how to do it.
  2. Hi has anyone ever attempted to build a fireworks light???? I would love to have one up on my roof but at $700 - $1000 they are slightly out of my budget. I was just wondering if anyone here had attempted to make there own one???? Or had any idea's about how i could attempt to make my own one. http://www.christmasalight.com.au/GoShopping/tabid/37/CategoryID/19/List/1/catpageindex/2/Level/a/ProductID/541/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName%2cUnitCost This is the small version of what i want to have. I can't find a picture of the large size but i would imagine the principals are the same just different scale.
  3. Hmm I have a feeling i may be hated after this. I am one of those people that do approach cars for donations. Even though here in sunny QLD the temperature is rarely below a balmy 28 degrees (celcius) some people still seem reluctant to get out of there cars and wander around the display. We hand out balloons to the kids and explain who we are collecting for and leave it at that. I always thank people for every donation whether it is 5 cents or $50. (or $500 as we have had this year) We also heavily publicise who we are raising money for in the local paper and are at the point where cars drive past with their money hanging out the window for us. We have had the question asked " How much are the balloons? " Our answer always has been and always will be. The balloons are a Merry Christmas gift. We are however collecting donations. We are constantly trying to devise ways of being less intrusive in doing this. This year we let the bus drivers doing the lights tours know what we were doing. He let everyone know on the bus trip every night our reasons why. We had them ready with money and didn't feel like we were pressuring them because we didn't have to do the spiel. This year we raised $1900 for a local boy who has been waiting for a wheelchair for 3 years. I would have approached 50,000 cars if it raised the money for him.
  4. I have a green tree frog that sits on the edge of my pond and then I've edged the pond with a rope light fence. I hammered timber garden stakes around the edge then ziptied ropelight at 3 different heights. I didn't want to have to fence it but within a week of the first time i used the pond in the display i had some toddler decide it would be great to hop along the rocks at the edge of the pond. Thought i had better add something to deter it before someone fell in and i got sued.
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