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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.

rollsharley

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About rollsharley

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  • Birthday 03/09/1962

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    Pa
  • Biography
    Newbie at lights
  • Interests
    Collectables
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    Disabled
  • About my display
    First Timer only here to read Ideas and suggestions for somebody working with a tight budget!
  1. rollsharley

    Elfvis!

    Awesome! My link I enjoyed Marks 'The Kringles' This year as well!
  2. Wait..... I'm confused? Does this mean we are supposed to take them down?
  3. Family Dollar has them now for 10 Cents a (Dozen) box full sized ones. Different flavors as well as Peppermint. Blueberry, Cherry, Green Apple... So on.
  4. Pretty sure theres Folks out there who really do Copy others... http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/45242-Imitation-is-the-Sincerest-Form-of-Flattery?highlight=sincerest When I first saw this one all I could think was... I Seriously wonder How many People Saw this persons Display and said!?! HEY "I Think I Saw This House On The Internet Someplace" :eek:
  5. I'm just going to post the link for this one..... The 'Viewers' Language is rather Harsh! So I'm not going to imbed it but instead add a *Strong Language Warning* But at 0:58 when the all knowing listener says "Oh yeah...Good Tune Too!...This is the ~Trans-********-Orchestra~" I Almost spit my soda onto my Keyboard! :D:D
  6. Leave it to the School System to 'Purchase' something that was Free
  7. Some of the downloads are free. The rest you can purchase.. http://www.northpointmusic.org/christmas/
  8. Something New and Different I just watched tonight! Thought I'd pass it along here.
  9. I have the LASOC, a Gemmy and a Sound Sensor unit. I turn it on and off manually each night. I'm sure I could place it on a timer but as cold as its been here the past month mine starts in 'Chipmunk Mode' most nights so I need to flip the switch 2 or 3 times to reset it to normal music speed. I did need to do constant maintenance every night for about the first week of my display. Securing light strings, reattaching extension cords, replacing bulbs... So on. My only ~maintenance~ of any type Now is the need to clear Snow buildup from the Sound Sensors microphone!
  10. Already posted on a Community Wide Announcments Thread here, But this helps make it seen by more members I'm sure! Cool program! http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/45923-Personalized-message-from-Santa-fun-for-the-kids
  11. On Tonight again at 8:00-10:00 EST If anybody missed seeing it!
  12. I hope everybody sees the Humor in this Video! I am sure God has a sense of humor, and it does still have plenty of good spirit even with the modern twists added! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrf0PbAGSk&feature=youtu.be
  13. Awesome Video John! But Are we supposed to nick-name you Pinhead~Storms now? I'm Confused!?!
  14. Nothing beats hearing it from the Viewers Perspective! Towards The end is the best part! :cool: LOL.....Quoting the Christmas Vacation Dub-Over..... "I Dunno....They said its like Italian Imported Christmas Lights...Whatever That Means!" "The Radio?... Their House is Famous for Christmas Lights?" "They Sync'ed it somehow to That Radio Station" "That Radio Station only comes in here!...Like ..we didnt get it across the Street!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4IHBmOV04w
  15. Sounds like you would do better to build something that could withstand the traffic. Perhaps a wooden 'Bridge' of sorts? Made of say Furring Strips spaced enough distance apart to run lines of Blue Ropelights between them. Regular One By boards would do the same thing depending on how many 'Gaps' of Blue Light you want in your Bridge. You could stain the wood or paint it to look like an actual Bridge and even build Railings on each side of the road to also help maintain the gaps for the lights between the boards. As well the first and last board could be ripped at a 'shim' angle to ease car tires onto the actual platform even though the whole thing would only actually be 3/4 of an inch high/thick.
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