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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 cvyvial

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  1. cvyvial

    Texas Newbie

    The Academy is a great event for all levels of interest. You will not be sorry if you can make it. More details will be released over the next few months but it is shaping up to be the best event to date.
  2. cvyvial

    Texas Newbie

    Welcome Zach. Lots of great resources out there. Any local event you can attend is always a great place to learn and share. Check out www.lonestarholidays.com/forums to meet some locals and also look at attending The Academy this summer for a three day learning event with a couple hundred other residential decorators www.theultimateacademy.com You wont be sorry!
  3. Only 4 weeks away now. Be sure to get registered. Lots of great classes on that list. Don't miss out!
  4. You are welcome back any time Darlene. It was great meeting you and John. This year is shaping up to be a great event too, but I think we are having more fun now than before.
  5. Tomorrow is the last day to get registered and be entered into the drawing to go for FREE!
  6. And the first one of the year is this Saturday and we will have 40 people attend. I think anyone considering attending any of the local events should go. You will learn a lot no matter the size or location of the event.
  7. I have used this one lately. Easier to see what things do than the MonsterList. http://www.hauntproject.com/
  8. I have been using the amp connectors for the last two years with no problems.I also use some molex and have never had a problem with the pins falling out. I don't use the molex exposed outside, but I know others that do and other than possible problems after a rain have been happy with the results. Here is a picture of a 15 channel junction box for my leaping arches. I have an 18 conductor cable that I bring from the controller to this box. I tape up the wires to prevent too much moisture from getting in the connections. I have had some water accumulated inside the box, but never enough to cause any problems. There are 3 shared neutral wires one for each set of 5 channels. Each channel only has a single 100 ct mini string. They sit on the ground all season and have never had a problem with them tripping the GFI. I love the amp product, but they do get expensive compared to a molex connector. They have a twist lock design so the do not pull apart. There is a gasket, but I can't say it does much. I get them from Mouser, but always looks for a better deal. The second picture is of the bottom of the controller box where the 15 channels come out.
  9. There is a photo gallery on the workshop website you can check out. http://houston2008.texaschristmaslights.com/
  10. Anyone flying in may have some extra turblance on Thursday. They do predict some rain all across the Texas coast Wed and Thurs. We all need some rain right now. My front yard looks like December and January BROWN!
  11. There will be people from over a dozen states attending!
  12. cvyvial

    Free Registration!

    Only a few more days to take advantage of our procrastinators special. Thanks to all that have signed up. Be on the lookout for updates via e-mail for the latest details. Just over 3 weeks away! Register NOW! http://houston2008.texaschristmaslights.com/
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    Free Registration!

    Want to attend the largest Christmas event of 2008
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