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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.

    Pumpkin King

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    About Pumpkin King

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    • Birthday 09/30/1971

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      This one time, at band camp....
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      Husband and dad
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      Dressing up as Santa and creating magic for my kids.
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    • About my display
      Just getting started.

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    1. New song for Halloween 2013! "Witches' Dance Floor" by Clay Layton. This year I expanded my Halloween light show to included my Halloween Tree and most of the 135 Jack-o-Lanterns in my display (not all of them are shown in the video). The minute I heard this song, I KNEW I wanted to use it in my Halloween light show. While I'm not 100% happy with how the sequencing of the arch turned out, the song by Clay Layton is AMAZING! You can download "Witches' Dance Floor" here.... http://amzn.to/18iXlDn
    2. I used "Gangnam Style" for my Jack-o-Lantern arch, but it's the ONLY non-Halloween song I do. And, since it will have been nearly three years since it came out, I'm not going to use it this coming Halloween.
    3. "This is Halloween" "Oogie Boogie's Song" "Witches' Dance Floor" "Shake Your Bones" "Ghostbusters" "Grim Grinning Ghosts" "Nightmare on My Street" "Somebody's Watching Me" "Lil Red Riding Hood" "Blue Moon" That enough for ya?
    4. Ditto to the above. I've been on both of them for a couple of years now. VERY cool people, and VERY helpful.
    5. Hey gang! I'm having an "Orange Friday" sale today of ALL my Jack-o-Lantern Projections. They are ALL on sale for $15 each (reg. $30). THE SALE ENDS AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT! If you missed out on any of my past sales, or need to add one or two more of my animations to round out your collection, send me a message and we can discuss the details! Because I failed to post this here earlier, I will be extending this sale to Saturday at NOON! To see ALL the animations I have available, click HERE!
    6. ALL of my "Radio Intro" sequences are available for purchase. They are 8 channels and are $10 each. The audio is included. Here's a video of last year's "Radio Intro"..... Also, ALL of my sequences I have posted on YouTube are available for purchase as well at $20 each. They are for smaller displays and have 24-40 channels, depending on whether it includes the two 8-channel light poles or not. Here's a video of one sequence that includes the light poles..... The regular sequences are set up as follows.... 4 channels on the roof line 4 channels in the big tree 8 channels
    7. Hey gang! This past Halloween was a WONDERFUL success! Thanks to ALL my AWESOME customers who purchased the BEST Jack-o-lantern Projection animations on the web! I hope they helped make your Halloween display a HUGE HIT this year! 2014 is going to be an even MORE AMAZING year with LOTS of new animations! I have some GREAT songs and ideas already on my Production List. And the list keeps growing! BUT, I am wanting YOUR HELP in rounding out the list of songs to be used for 2014! Please submit your song suggestions below. I will take them ALL into consideration. If your song doesn't make it
    8. You need to post MULTIPLE videos in ONE THREAD, instead of creating a new thread for each video you post. That way, people won't have to click on so many threads to see your videos! ONE thread, and there's all your videos! Makes it easier for everyone!
    9. New for 2013 are some fight songs for 3 local Universities on the ORIGINAL Jack-o-Lantern Arch! USU... My alma mater! GO AGGIES!! BYU.... Home of the Cougars! U of U.... Home of the Runnin' Utes! ENJOY! And Happy Halloween!
    10. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of this AWESOME sale! If you missed it, my animations are still available at their regular, and reasonable, price. Click HERE for all the details!
    11. 10 DAYS UNTIL HALLOWEEN!Jack -o-Lantern Projection 24 HOUR SALE! Hello friends! Halloween is almost here! It's NOT too late to add a couple of my Jack-o-Lantern Projection animations to your collection for this Halloween. If there is one, two, or more animations you want to purchase, I'm running a 24 hour special! Here's all the details..... ALL my animations will be on sale for ONLY $15 each (reg. $30) for the next 24 HOURS! That's right! If you need just one, two, three, or more to round out your play list for Halloween, you pay only $15 for each one! AND, each purchase is eligible for
    12. I've done it as a Jack-o-Lantern Projection!
    13. I have a request.... How about you upload them to the VIDEO section of Planet Christmas. That way you won't be filling up the Halloween section with 70 new threads with just one video each in them! OR, just create ONE thread, and post ALL of them in that thread! Just a couple of suggestions. Trying to help keep the forum from getting cluttered.
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