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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 WhitePlainsNY

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    White Plains, NY
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  1. Here is my version of a department store window from my 2018 display. The picture at the beginning and end shows what it looks like standing outside my dining room window:
  2. Will the real Santa please stand up.
  3. Looks like a great product for someone looking for plug-and-play ease. If you're handy with zipcord and vampire C9 sockets, you can do the same for about the same cost. The best thing of doing it yourself is that you add the sockets where they need to be along the wire. Use more than one wire and the strobes can be fired offset for a more random effect.
  4. I had two homes last year for the show. This year it was four. I'm slowly getting the whole block! Links to two videos can be found here: http://www.nychristmaslights.com/photo_gallery/2013/2013.html
  5. If the electricity doesn't kill you, the heat from incandescents will! Make sure you choose LEDs.
  6. Looks great! Good use of low cost materials.
  7. I deleted my post because it wasn't meant for this topic.
  8. Thank you. The bowls are plastic so I took a pair of metal snips and cut two notches in each bowl. Each notch is in the shape of a inverted pyramid. I press the light string's wire into the notch which holds the bowl in place. I use a staple gun to staple the light string wire in place. This works for me because I can take off the bowls and nest them together so they store easily. I moved to the bigger pails after I saw how small the bowls appeared from the road. The other issue I ran into is the bowls were being dragged by heavy snow and were trying to slide off the porch roof. The pails are mounted on black wood boards, screwed on with two screws each. The light string is stapled to the board to keep it in place. The whole contraption is attached to the roof on top of small sections of black 2"x4"s. This allows snow to slide underneath the board/pails.
  9. I first used translucent salad bowls lit underneath with a clear C9 string on my porch roof as gumdrops. Now I use beach pails on the porch roof and the salad bowls on the porch railings. I think the cost per bowl/pail was about a dollar each. Chuck
  10. They look great! How far back is your projector from the pumpkins?
  11. That's not recommended. All projectors need to cool off the lamp housing before they can be turned completely off. If you kill the power, the lamp housing will transfer the heat to the entire projector's inside which will melt and/or fry the unit. I've been searching for a learning remote that has a scheduling feature but I've been unsuccesful so far. I would use that as a way to use it's wireless remote signal to start the projector's shut down sequence. I could use that to start it up the next evening too.
  12. Home Depot had LED floods on the shelf too but no pricing anywhere. I'd be interested if they could be dimmed by a LOR controller.
  13. Welcome Santa Sean! Share some pics of your display or a link to a website or Facebook so we can see your display.
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