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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 voyageurs60

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    • Birthday 03/02/1960

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    • Location
      Pittsburgh, PA
    • Biography
      New to lighting animation - Civil Engineer
    • Interests
      Geocaching - Christmas Displays
    • Occupation
      Environmental Specialist
    • About my display
      was inspired by a local display by SteelCityChristmas.com to try my hand in 2010
    1. Wondering if you posted an video of the action on YouTube or Vimeo? Would love to see that!!!! Thanks for Sharing - great work!!!! Dan
    2. Great project - looking to see where to purchase the RGB strings - 1 pixel is 1 channel in the controller - correct? Thanks for sharing... Dan
    3. Put June 26 on my calendar... fun, fun, fun...
    4. Bill - did you use these lights this year? I have heard that LED's in general have a problem with "rusting" of the sockets and leads... is this true? Have you experienced this problem? Do the "sealed" LED's offered as part of this sale eliminate these problems... Also there is listed "C7/C9 Icicle Lights" - is this what they are like... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ4idl-lCqI Thanks for helping a NOOB - voyageurs60 (Dan)
    5. Why do we think the intermediate rings are necessary? I may be missing something? voyageurs60 (Dan)
    6. other dates conflict with previous commitments - I choose June 26, 2010 - Dan
    7. I have been thinking of a ferris wheel - guess great minds think alike... have not gotten very far though... look forward to watching the thread...
    8. Is this true - applying a lower voltage to a wiper motor would lower the RPM? I would think the low voltage would "burn" /damage the motor... interesting if true - Dan
    9. Nicely done - thanks for the picture... this is a great improvement. - Dan
    10. Carrie - Praise GOD!!! I am a 50 year old male who received a kidney transplant on May 1, 2007 from a cadaver doner. I was diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease in 1992 and was able to hold off on dialysis until Jan 2006. The 3 day a week was difficult. Every day I say a little prayer to thank the family and for a blessing of the 33 year old woman who passed. Please if you are not already an organ donor please have it added to your driver license. Talk to your family and make it clear you would like your organs to be donated... talking to your family is important, many hospitals will
    11. I am missing something... can't understand what you do after the thrown of the jack is extended. How is it anchored and then continue? Just a mental block... - Dan
    12. could you post some pictures of the contraption you made? - Dan
    13. Where is your album? Are they the 4 photos attached to post #1? Dan
    14. like it a lot... nicely done - Dan
    15. OK - went and searched online... could this be how the quoted displays are hinged? If so, I can now picture it... If not this is an idea which can be expanded upon me thinks... Dan
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