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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 thechristmasfamily

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  • Birthday 05/06/1977

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    Family of 6 with 4 small children.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights :)
  • Occupation
    Work out of the home
  • About my display
    This is our 3rd year doing an animated display. Adding just over 17000 new lights this year.
  1. Thank you all SO much!!! This is the exact site I was looking for!!!! I am actually needing these lights for a use besides our light show (shocking, I know, haha). They will just be used to decorate a stage for a few hours. So I'm not TOO concerned about them being top quality. Thanks again!!!!!!!! So much!!
  2. A few weeks ago I ran into a website that had 100 count mini lights for either $2 or $2.50/strand. I believe they only offered white wire, and had all colors except for clear. I saved the site to my favorites, and then my computer crashed. I ended up losing all of my favorites, and now I can't find that site to save my life. Just wondering if anyone knows of it and can point me in the right direction.
  3. This is our 3rd year doing a display. We won first place in our towns lighting contest. I would love to get a video of our lights. Every time we try, we fail. The lights look blurry and by the time they focus different lights have come on and they are blurry all over again. What settings do you put your camera on? We've been using a newer sony video camera. We have a dslr camera, but it doesn't take video. Any tips?
  4. We are in central Utah and have our display up for the 3rd year. If you are ever in the area, PM me and I'll share the address!
  5. We are soooooo behind My husband is working a ton this week, so I don't know if we will even have things ready in time for Thanksgiving night. If not, it won't be ready until Saturday night at the earliest. We still have a TON to do. And, to top it off, we are under a zero visability blizzard warning today with what they are calling 'life threatening' conditions for the next 2 days.
  6. Our kmart only has GE brand lights. So even at 50% off, they are still twice what I pay for walmart brand lights. I heard on the radio that Shopko is having a 50% off lights sale going on right now. It said it's valid online and in stores. We don't have a shopko, so I don't know about their prices.
  7. yes!! that's the one!! Thanks so much! I had no idea what it was called.
  8. TSO does it 'A Mad Russians Christmas'....I'm looking for it in a version other than TSO. Is it called something else?
  9. Do you mean how to you make the arch operational? Do you already have a system such as light o rama? Even on a homemade system we are at $100 per 8 channels. On top of that we have a "main box" that controls things, lots of cords and cables (although you can go wireless now but it will also cost you) also a computer to make it all work. So basically, this isn't a cheap hobby.
  10. We have several deer (none found on the road, lol) that came prelit in clear lights. We added green and also read lights to them. We used white duct tape (quite a bit!) to attach the lights. It's held up for 3 years so far and I don't see that it needs to be redone any time soon. We get lots of snow, and it hasn't bothered the duct tape much at all.
  11. We have 2 leaping arches. They are pretty cheap to make. The most expensive part will be the lights and cords....and that part obviously can't be skimped on. We made ours following Holdman's awesome instructional video. The pvc pipe is very inexpensive. Like I said, the expense is really in the lights. IF you already have the lights, though, it won't be that much to put one together. Each of ours uses 8 channels.
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