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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.

Denise Brunner

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About Denise Brunner

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    New Milford, NJ
  • Biography
    Married, kids
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    electronics
  • Occupation
    owns HVAC compancy
  • About my display
    been doing xmas for long time till someone drove a car through my lawn. Gave it up for 10 years, and now getting back into it

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  1. I would think if you put the electronic silicone paste inside the coupler it would help keep the water out
  2. OK, Judy, Add New Milford, New Jersey to your list.... We would love to have you !!!
  3. I have pictures of the display somewhere, the smoke set up, I don't think so. I still have the A/C and the blower, Most of the props and fogger I donated to a local group doing haunted display for charity
  4. When I used to do a Halloween display I used a large fogger, made a chiller from a window A/C unit and then added a low speed blower. Made a small duct system of dryer vent painted black. At the discharge end of the blower I had 8 outlets and via 8 dryer vent discharges, I could easily fog my display - grave yard, 300 foot tunnel of doom and all the various rooms off the tunnel. There was plenty of smoke to go around and by having only one fogger, it was easy to keep it full and guard it from theft. Won a few awards with the display.
  5. I use LOR, 320 channels, 2 mega sprial trees, strobes, a couple of blow molds, and some wire frames.
  6. Oh Judy, it brought tears to my eyes, I loved it. I was just fantastic. Great Job !!!
  7. Hi all, I am in the process of adding Santa Symphonies video to my display. I am going to do a rear projection onto a screen in the front window of our Motorhome (the Santamobile). I believe I have the hardware worked out but am having real problems getting the sequences to look good. I am looking for any one that can share a sequence that uses any of the songs on the video (same version).
  8. Every year they do Christmas in July I am told. Friends of ours were going camping and asked us to come. So we went with a light or two. They do a contest for the best lighting and we took first. I did a video, but the audio is not there, but I will try to do an edit.
  9. Had a great time. Had a large croud waiting for the show to begin.
  10. Christmas in July up at Jellystone Campgrounds in New York, 128 LOR channels - 15000 lights??? (lost count) Will send pictures of display in operation Denise
  11. Was thinking of making a upside down U shaped frame and using screw eyes to the coro frame so that it can swing when the wind load gets bad. Kind of unloads the load !! Denise
  12. I got my order delivered. I have been putting them on my wire frames (look fantastic), then pushed 5-600 lights through my coro reindeer (hands hurt but lights are great) and have built one of my 20 feet mega spiral trees (almost 4000 bright gorgeous color intense lights) all with no problems. The order is right on and quality is as good as others. I have gone through at least 3 cases of the eight I bought. Keep up with the great work !!!
  13. Painted the coro black along with the frame I made, 2 x 2's with slots cut in to make track for the coro. Put all the lights in their holes (fingers hurt a lot). I want to make the display free standing with the frame about 3ft off the ground. I am very concerned about the wind load from this. The coro sheet will be nothing but a sail. Can it be done, should it be done and suggestions???? Denise
  14. Painted the Coro and frame black this afternoon. Waiting for the paint to dry and then pushing in the lights. Thanks for all the help
  15. Thats the point, I don't really want them seen when the lights are off. Denise
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