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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.

Bartlettguy67

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About Bartlettguy67

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  • Birthday 01/28/1967

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    http://www.themagicoftheholidays.com

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    Bartlett, TN
  • Biography
    Love the outdoors, spending time with my dogs.
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    Walking, boating, cooking
  • Occupation
    Customer Service Support
  • About my display
    This is my first year for a display. I'm running 32 channels, and I know I'll see alot of kinks that I will probably need to fix once it starts, but I am very excited.

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  1. Looks great. Hope to have mine finished by the weekend, if the rain holds off toward the end of the week.
  2. Be sure to check the link for the 2013 Christmas card exchange.
  3. Thanks for all the feedback. I have two good size reindeer and a Jesus is the Reason for the Season sign. I'm not that far off the street and I was thinking also that pure white would be too bright. Thanks for the ideas and your opinions. That helps a whole lot.
  4. I am looking at removing the old incandescent lights off my wireframes and replacing them with LED"s. I was thinking about the pure white, but not sure if that will be too bright. I've also throught about the warm white. What have you found to be the best? I know it'll be a personal opinion, but I'm needing some recommendations on what people think.
  5. I received my email today that the LOR Mad Grab Sale starts Monday April 1st at 9 PM Eastern Time. Here is the link to the sale page: http://store.lightorama.com/secretsale.html
  6. Looks great. I remember my first animated Christmas Display 3 years ago. Believe me it only gets bigger and better from there. Have fun.
  7. Not sure if this has already been posted or not, but WLC Ventures has started their group buy for SPT2 wire and vampire plugs. The website is http://www.wlcventures.com/
  8. I'm in the process of building my facebook page. Here's the link https://www.facebook.com/TheMagicOfTheHolidays?ref=hl
  9. Welcome from West Tennessee. Good luck and have fun.
  10. Does anyone have a copy of last years list? I'm unable to locate mine.
  11. Same here, I have the cards, but haven't received a list.
  12. Thanks for the update Jacob and keeping us all informed. I will definitely buy from you again.
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