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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.

    1983ss454

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    1. I use sleeves on my arches without a problem, now with the fact that instead of using say all white your alternating colors, this will minimize the chances of gaps being noticable Even more because of the color change
    2. I'm on my fourth year now and I think back to year one at 32 channels and think what was I doing. Watch the videos and can't believe how far it has come in that time. I have watched all of johns tutorial videos at least twice and have picked up a ton of info. I actually started from scratch and am using his methods to build a sequence to a song I've wanted for years and Just couldn't make a sequence out of... The point of budgeting time is important thou, with work, house, wife and kids it's hard to find time to work on it. But I try to include them into the sequencing and projects
    3. At 6am on the 26th I was at Home Depot when they opened the doors, got first crack at the shelves and got a bunch of stuff, best part is that she I check the prices on a scanner they were 50% off and then when I went to the register the cashier said oh ya ok I need to take 50% off of these because the system isn't updated. Was thrilled to get 75% off the day after Christmas lol. I certainly wasn't going to correct her
    4. Do what makes you happy, that's all I can say
    5. Papagayo, search for it on light I rama forum
    6. I have pieces of wire off of the bottom of mine where I have conduit clamps to mount to poles in the yard. During storage I have lots of cutouts and hand some in 2 areas of the cellar and one area of the garage off of nails in the cellar rafters and hooks in the ceiling of the garage. Leave room to store other stuff underneath them and over the years we found that leaning them against the wall sometimes led to warping.
    7. My dad built it for me when I was my sons age, we rebuilt it together a few years ago
    8. Been on the news here in Springfield mass, I think most neighborhoods have one Scrooge, but this wasn't really called for
    9. My little one is 13 months, and he dances to the music and starts crying when the song ends, and he needs To have his regular merry go round ride Your son is very cute, and seems to want to help. Maybe mine will try next year
    10. My son turned 1 on November 2nd, be moved into a new house during the summer, and i started a new job in August. It was defiantly a year that was hard to find time to sequence and build and get prepared before setup began. Can't wait got next year lol
    11. Wow that's great, I'm sure the kids love walking through it
    12. Here's a video, I know the feeling. We can't leave ours alone when its on as well
    13. Cool article... Were about an hour west of you in Springfield ma
    14. Came out great, I'm actually in the middle of finished my Mickey cutout right now as well.
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