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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.

LJYJ

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About LJYJ

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  • Birthday 01/12/1982

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  • Location
    Mesa AZ
  • Biography
    My name is Steve, My wife and I are 28 and 26, We live in arizona
  • Interests
    off roading and outdoor activity
  • Occupation
    Maintanance
  • About my display
    2010 will be our 6th year of settting up a "bigger" display of christmas lights.
    We purchased our first light-o-rama in 2009, we still only have 16 channles and recently added an FM transmitter.
    We are pushing 40 amps with out light show using @ 20-35k in lights
    We LOVE putting on a display for the dark neighborhood we live in, Kinda helps raise the spirit where I'm from...
  1. awesome. Looks like a TON of work. Thanks for sharing
  2. Awesome man! I hope you get a million hits I will share this.
  3. we might be intrested, We'll see how it goes after today
  4. I think that it is neat for someone to enjoy your display so much that he decided to model his display after yours. You might have set the bar too high using the best songs already out there with sequences. Maybe stop by and help him out with the software and show him the forum. We all love to learn... I went will all new songs this year. I searched all year for songs that we wanted to use and downloaded them and got to work on sequences. Last year Was our first and we were only able to use the songs we found pre-animated. which were also songs that everyone else was using...
  5. I try to stay away from the colors from Walmart because they only last one season before losing their color. But the whites are ok. I like what someone else said about bring a truck, Gonna try and get at least 4 cases this year.. And If I can get away with them, As many LED's as possible. Good luck everyone! Merry Christmas!
  6. LJYJ

    Fyi

    Just got these 50% off . they are like mini strobes. The pic just does not do justice for the flash of light coming from the 10 mini LEDs on each flake. They are 14.99 orig 29.99 made by lightshow. They come in sets of 3
  7. whats your Email? I have it and I'll send it to you. PM Me if you want.
  8. video quality is not too bad. Nice display! Its hard not having much room but your layout works well.
  9. LJYJ

    Fyi

    really? this is a christmas forum and we dont have a :grinch: smiley?
  10. LJYJ

    Fyi

    Yes I saw This one today, They still had a few left and for my first blow mold purchase, I thought I would wait til 75% off :grinch:
  11. do I agree with this entire statement? Yes Yes Yes! Great little writeup. Thanks. :fashizzle:
  12. LJYJ

    Done!

    Well, we were done on the 1st but just not got a chance to take pics. I will post some video when we get the Fm transmitter! [ATTACH=CONFIG]40517[/ATTACH]
  13. LJYJ

    Vandals (NOT critters)

    I thought I was the only one with grinches in their Hood. Last year we had someone slash "a few" sets on our mega tree before we even had it powered up. We set up some cameras and then it stopped, :banghead: I have however caught several little brats steeling SEVERAL mini lights and then smashing them in the street. Nothing says merry christmas like a VHS tape showing your kid smashing your neighbors stuff Needless to say its topped after that. I hope you have luck stopping them or catching them! Stay in good spirit....
  14. LJYJ

    People of AZ

    Hope you have your mega trees down. we have 50mph winds here in mesa
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