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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 mxtrainer

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  • Birthday 12/07/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas vacation
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    Work with athletes and have fun
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    Christmas, Rv camping, custom bikes
  • Occupation
    coach/ trainer
  • About my display
    This year funky Christmas

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  1. I am selling all of my blowups and have a santa band that we purchased a few years ago. it has its own music and light show in it. I could not find the original price and wondered what it might be worth. thanks Alan
  2. first thanks for trying to help with this. there was someone in Chino Ca. that had a tree on his roof but I cannot remember who it was. I'm going to keep throwing ideas out there and I know some of the "engineer" guys will be able to come up with something. I can make a base that will go over the roof (similar to Holdman star base) out of wood or a friend can weld it up for me. I feel ( and I may be wrong) that if I can get the base secure and balanced the tree using Daryls base, guy wire items and pole pin should allow this to happen. Again I do understand this will be a little tough but if I can get the 20 ft up and secured then come off of it with mini trees and light lines it will be an amazing feature. thanks Alan
  3. we have a single story house and are dwarfed a little by the 2 stories around us. I want to have a complete display on the roof next year. I want to place a 20 foot mega tree on the roof line. Has anyone done this or does anyone know of a tutorial/pictures video etc. that would help me understand what is needed? Thanks in advance. Alan Note: I tried searching the forum but could not find anything.
  4. I have never heard this song before. I am very impressed with the music but even more so with your lighting and visual areas. Excellent job. Alan
  5. how did you get the ice pond to be animated? I would love to see a "how to" on this. thanks and everything looks great. Alan
  6. In our second year we have been able to use 40,000 lights in both front and back yard(we live on Menifee Lakes). We used the "South Pole" and "North Pole" themes in the front yard. It is our first year with a 23ft mega tree, 14 large arches, 6 small arches, 10 ft mega tree, 11 4ft stars, 13 blowups and virtual santa. We were lucky enough to be voted Best Decorated Home and have had a lot of fun learning from everyone at P/C. We had plans for LOR this year but could not make it happen so the lights are on 2 gemmy units to get by. Hopefully next year we can expand to Light O Rama. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Alan and Tina Gerkey
  7. The for the feedback Im going to try the heavier rope idea and leave them up next time.
  8. Dennis, thanks for the help, it worked. Alan
  9. We have a display that features 16 inflatables and the winds here in Ca. have killed us. I have emt conduit in the ground behind each one and they are teathered but the winds have been changing direction and I am ready to kill myself at this point (well almost anyways). If you have any ideas or information please let me know. They are judging tomorrow and I might as well sleep through it at this point. Thank you in advance. Alan
  10. That is one of the best trees I have seen. Making that the focal point of any yard would really make a difference. When you get the time, could you post a breakdown on products and a close price on what it took? Thank you. Alan
  11. Started putting up the inflatables from last year and the lights were out in 4 of the 14. I thought it was just the bulbs, but after figuring out the bulbs were good it was the sockets that were faulty. I tried to get them apart but could not figure out how. The bulbs would flicker if I moved the wires just perfect but otherwise they would not light up. Can anyone help with how they come apart (the light sockets inside the inflatable) and what the problem might be? thank you in advance. Alan
  12. I called Daryl about the tight fit and he explained it well. The pipe I purchased was from Lowes and there is a bead weld inside, I just took a round file and filed it down a little and the center pin works perfect. The tolerance is very tight and the poles do not move, excellent product. We are having 50 mile an hour gusts here in Southern Ca. right now and since this is my first mega I was a little tense (ok a lot tense) the tree is solid and the products that I purchased from Daryl work perfect. I do have 8 guy wires and the pole is solid. Alan
  13. Thank you for the excellent advice. This was our first year with a megatree and I posted many questions here at PC. I researched the products used and different ideas on how to build them. I ended up having the 23ft tree on a concrete patio so I made sure to listen and use 8 guy wires, 4 at the top and 4 at the 10 ft level. We are expecting high winds tomorrow here in Ca. so I hope everything will be ok. The only area I am concerned with is that I used a vinyl covered wire from lowes that is not rated as high as the more expensive cable, but it does feel solid and I have used turnbuckles to make sure it is tight. Other than that I hope we are good. Alan Note: the tree ended up with over 9000 lights, so it could be considered an actual "sail".
  14. could someone post a video of the incans and the LEDs for comparison? we are getting ready to purchase and would like to get it right the first time, thanks for your help. Alan
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