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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 animator

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  • Birthday 03/21/1963

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  • Location
    New York
  • Biography
    I love everything to do with christmas
  • Interests
    building christmas displays making animated figures
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  • About my display
    I have over 150 animated figures displayed, and have over 300 , I have a 5 foot reindeer in its barn and a 12 foot snow man that talk to each other, I run a full animated lighting display 5 controllers and all my lights are led, also a 35ft tree fully done in led,and a bunch of themed animated displays
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    Hi, I just posted some new pictures of my easter display I made a 7 foot animated easter bunny for this years display , Hope everyone enjoys them and Happy Easter.
  2. Hi Mike , I have filmed the 2 large animatronics talking to each other I have to get someone to put it on video so iI can post it on here they are cool the reindeer talks to frosty and they go back and forth. Its funny about the elf Idea last year I made one for my old donation box he sat on top and when you put something in the box he would wave and Thank you for your donation. Right now he is being refit to push a giant plug into a giant wall outlet, I will post some pictures as he s comming along, Thanks Again
  3. Hi, and Welcome I am newbie myself on PC Your going to love it I do ! Ask Questons everyone is so helpful.
  4. Strobes are great in a display this is my second year with them I am up to 45 and everyone thinks it looks great! :santasmileyitty: I plan on adding 15 more this year.
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    Hi, just posted a few more pictures of my display from this year hope everyone likes them. I just started taking out my animated easter items starting to get ready! :giggle:
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    Hi, Thank you Im glad everyone seems to like the display. The animatronic talking reindeer in the barn and the 12 foot rope light snowman are homemade I made both myself they both talk to each other the voices run off my Animated lighting Monster brain.
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    Hi, Im new on here just started on Jan 1 2010 and I love it!!! I posted some pictures of my display ,I hope everyone likes them Im big into animation, And Thanks everyone for being so nice.
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