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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.
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  1. Sorry for the late post. I made my rounds on Saturday night. Deeny, I cound not find your place in the dark. I looked all over for Rudolf, but no red nose could be seen. I headed off to Tekcor's next, Great display and good conversation. You gave me some ideas for next year. It was off to Charles's house next, with a quick glimps of Don's place on the way. Charles has the same problem I do. the dog gone yard is just to small, But you did a great job. We sat there thru several songs and was getting ready to leave then the tree lit up. so we had to watch a little more. great job with using the tree, I might have to do the same thing. Not sure I can get that high up though. We left Charles's and stopped for some food at the KFC and headed over to Don's. I parked on the side of Hwy 20 by Santa and watched the show for awhile. Don, The tree is very impressive great job, My wife wanted to know how many lights in each strand on the tree. Thanks everyone, My family and I had a great time touring the area and watching your displays Lee
  2. Tekcor, I will stop and knock. Don, When I went by tonight you had one car stopped on the side of the road watching the show. I picked up my transmitter on ebay (FMUSER) it puts out 1 watt on low and 5 watts on high power, I have only used it on the low setting, it is a little more then we are supposed to use, but it works great. Lee
  3. Don, It looks great! I drive past it everyday on my way to and from work. I have a hard time with the radio. The good news is 88.7 is the channel I use so I have it on a preprogramed button. other wise I think the traffic goes by so fast they don't have time to tune the radio before they are down at the stop light. But the ones like me that drive past everyday enjoy it. I might stop by one day on my way home. Tekcor, My wife and I enjoyed your video. It's great what you do with 48 channels My daughter will be home this weekend and I want to show her the other crazy people like me. :-) I plan on going up north this Saturday night to see your displays. Cheers, Lee
  4. Tekcor, That was you sitting across the street! You should have come over like you said " At least I had Dominos" I work on the lights for awhile but no go. Your video looks great! I will be by to see it tonight or tomorrow night.
  5. When it rains it pours. and that is what it did here "POUR". I had to cancel the show tonight GFI's keep pop'n. I tried to dry out as much as possible but no good. My lawn is like a wet marsh land. Weather doesn't look good for the next 5 days either. I guess I will work on my video I recorded the other night. Tekcor.. Hope your tree is OK, Just yell if you need an extra hand with something. Charles... Good luck with the electronics Stay dry guys. Lee
  6. Charles, If you need so help I can maybe stop by one day after work. I saw Don Magelssen's lights last night as I drove by. I noticed he had a sign out saying tune to 88.7 but I could pick anything up as I drove by on 20. He may not have had it on at 4:30 when I went by.
  7. OK, Here is my address: 18018 Ambleside Court, Arlington, WA . I broadcast on 88.7 FM for the music. This is my first year and I have already learned a lot about next years show.
  8. I am also using 88.7 FM. That makes it easy for tuning. I watch a lot of the people that come by to see the show tring to figure out how to tune their radio form something other then the ones that are programed in. I received my first fan mail last night. It made it all worth it. Three young children knocked on the door about 8 o"clock last night and handed me a thank note. I had to take a picture of it to share with you guys. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40285[/ATTACH] I did not get out to see any of your displays yet. I work on Whidbey Island so I will stop by and see Charles and Tekor1's displays this week.
  9. Cool, How do we add our location to the map?
  10. Deeny, I am in Glenn Eagle, 18018 Ambleside Ct. I had the same problem last night about half way through the show my GFI popped and all the lights went dead. I was back up and running in a minute or so since I saw the lights go out. This weekend I plan on getting out to see other displays.
  11. Tekcor, The tree looks great. I know what you mean about the snow, I have about 6" on the ground right now. I put up my shooting star yesterday in hopes to hook it all up today. But, I didn't waste the day I stayed dry and warm finishing some sequences. Hope it melts by this weekend. This is my first year with LOR and computerized lights. I have 48 channels also but no Mega tree.
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