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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.

mikfla4

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About mikfla4

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  • Birthday 03/09/1970

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  • Location
    northern minnesota
  • Biography
    I have been decorating the last 8 years. I want to go computerized
  • Interests
    hunting, fishing
  • Occupation
    part time medic, vol. fire fighter, and full time meat cutter
  • About my display
    I have icicle lights, a santa and reindeer on the roof. nativity scene, 6 spiral trees, santa and 2 candles, led mint candy lights, lots of lighted candy canes. It is the most lit house in this small town.
  1. thanks for the info. I will e-mail them and ask
  2. I don't know if this is the right area but. I am buying a new laptop and was wondering if I can run sequencing software on both? I bought the software a year ago. I want to use the laptop for sequencing and a P.C. to run my shows. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. In northern minnesota we dont have much snow yet so I will probably start on the 3rd of jan. and go from there
  4. glad to hear you received some unsolicited recognition for your first year.
  5. It is more of a joy for me to have families come to the grocery store I work at and give me a compliment on my house. yes I have won the local contest but seeing the look on the kids and parents face is a better compliment for me. I do it for myself and others to look at, not the contests.
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    I used 1/2" pex tubing for in-floor heat for mine this year. They are 54 inches long and when I put them into holders that I made they were 42 inches long. I was able to get 200 bulbs on them.
  7. I feel for you folks in the cities. All we got was some heavy winds. You can keep the snow by the way.
  8. i am running in grand marais minnesota. I would like to put out somemore static lights but the weather is cold
  9. well I turned on my first christmas light show tonight. It went awesome. some cords unplugged from the snow, but went good. I still have some static decorations to put out.
  10. I am glad you got it in minneapolis and we got rain in grand marais. we don't need the white stuff yet.
  11. they say a possible 5 to 8 inches on the north shore of lake superior. I might be in trouble
  12. Thanks chuck. Now I have figured it out with some good guidance.
  13. I don't know if this is the right place to ask. I have downloaded some sequences without music, and have downloaded music. Now the question is How do I put the 2 together? I have looked at the files side by side. I have tried ti cut and paste, but I just can not figure this out. Any help would be appreciated.
  14. i will get some hi stuff done on sunday. it is the only day off I get. then I can do the lower stuff at night.
  15. I will be moving to San Antonio Tx. in the spring. My fiancee will be stationed at Lackland AFB. I was wondering if there are decorators around the area.
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