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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 bigred7469

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  • Birthday 10/24/1974

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  • Location
    Millington, TN
  • Biography
    Currently active duty Navy
  • Interests
    Christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Have everything from C9-LED including blowups and blow molds.
  1. I use 1 spot light on my Nativity sceen and it stays on all the time. Now I too have Linus doing the narration and I turn must of my lights off during it except the mega and mega tree star. now the really cool thing I added this year was i tied a cable from the mega tree star to Baby Jesus and put a few strings of lights on it so it looks like the star is shining down on Him. The only thing I would change is anding a few chanels to is so I could make it like a arch if I wanted to. I try to keep it very simple so people will listen to the meaning of Christmas. I'll try to post pics later.
  2. As another Christmas lighting season comes to an end I just want to say THANK YOU and Merry Christmas to all! You all have helped me out so much over the past 3 seasons. As I transfer this summer to a new duty station I'm sure I'll be on here as soon as soon as we get our new to us house for ideals and such. Thanks again and Happy New Year! red
  3. Same here in West TN. Lowes, Wal-mart etc theres nothing left!!!
  4. very nice! how many channels you running?
  5. I hadn't either till I was messing with youtube and it popped up and it was done by the US NAVY BAND and since I'm active duty NAVY I had to add it to my display.
  6. Does anybody have this seq? I have the song but for some reason I can't find my seq. Thanks for the help! [email protected] V/r Red
  7. Looking for this seq. to add to my show. Can anybody help out? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas V/r Red
  8. I had upgreaded software on my laptop this summer so every thing got eased. I backed up all my files and I downed loaded the LOR software again from there web site with my reg. key. I have been reworking my seq. since I added a controller and now when I go to use the simple show builder it only shows the old seq. non of the new ones I have changed. What did I do wrong. I have tired to run the light to just the seq and the work but dont see them in the simple show builder part. Thanks so much for any and all tips on how to get this corrected!! Red
  9. I have LED C9 lights that I bought from Wal-Mart a few years back. Before I put them up I checked them and they were good to go. Now 1/4 of the light string isn't working right. There not burnt out but very very very dim. This is my first problem with LED's so this is all new to me. Can you fix it or do I have to replace the string of lights? Thanks so much for your inputs!! Red
  10. The Wise Men do have "Jewels" and the Sherpord has a iron sherpords hook and it's heavy. I got the whole set for under 50 bucks so I'm thinking I did well and can't wait to put it up.
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