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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 BigD

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    • Birthday 03/15/1979

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    • Location
      Casper, WY
    • Biography
      Im 31 and married.

      2010 is my first year doing a larger christmas set up. We have about 5500 lights hooked up to a GE Mr christmas set up. We also have a couple of inflatables and several blow molds. I also made a few mini tree.
    • Interests
      Holiday decorating
    • Occupation
      self employeed
    • About my display
      Small but fun, about 5500 lights this year.
    1. BigD

      Mini Trees

      I never used he electrical tape at the top just ziptied them, Ill try that on the next ones I build. I found tomato cages at Menards 3 years agoin Dec and picked up a bunch for 50 cents each. Worked out well have extras and I even used some for tomamtos too.
    2. Thanks for the info guys, it seems I may have wrapped them too tight and am not get a random pattern. 2 ideas Iv seen is to losen the wraps and/or start the middle at one end and use that to help with the randomness. Im getting a spiral effect or straight line effect right now, and that really makes it look low on ights. (to me at least) Coo ooking thugh if you get the spiral to match some al the way through. Thanks again for the help so far.
    3. OK so this year Im doing my first arches, 2 of them (for now). So far they will be a 10' PVC bent to 6' wide. I am doing the sleeves set up with 3/4" sleeves. They are about 14.5" wide and each will be a channel. So 8 channels on each arch. I'v got 5 sleeves done and each has 100 minis on it, but it looks a little short on lights. How many ights are you guys useing on each section of your arches?
    4. Thanks for the feedback
    5. I'm getting my Halloween show put together, and running LOR on it for the first time. I will be getting it started on the first of Oct. with a little luck. My question is should I run the LOR every night of Oct. or just weekends, or maybe even just on Halloween or a few days before? I have the show set up so I can either run with or without LOR at any given time so days LOR is not running the rest of the show still can, just n dancing lights and music. Thank you in advance for all the help.
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