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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 SandeTr

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I like each year to be better than the one prior.
    • Location
      Big Lake, MN
    • Biography
      Just moved to a property large enough to provide years of endless possibilities for our Christmas light show.
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      Christmas light displays
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    • About my display
      Just moved to a new location with endless expansion possibilities. Slowly growing our light counts and beginning to introduce RGB to the show.
    1. Thanks for the link. Much appreciated.
    2. Hey all, I'm a newbie to the boards and am just starting to build my supplies. Hopefully can go animated next year, but I have one problem. We are currently in a town home and have limitations as to what we can put up and where we can put it up. So that got me thinking about a family farm near my hometown (Faribault) that has decorated for years and they allow you to drive through. It's not animated, but it was still fun growing up. So always having eyes bigger than my stomach, I began to wonder that instead of decorating our small yard, if it'd be possible to decorate somewhere else. Re
    3. Thanks for the input. I think I am going to try going the route of assembling my own based on your opinions. I am trying to map out what I want to do next year and hopefully can come up with something in the range of 32 channels. I know I want to have my plan in place soon so I can prepare and do sequencing work (maybe). I have spent a lot of time reading up on what people are doing and watching some videos. I am extremely excited with some of the possibilities in looking at what others have done.
    4. Thank you both for your input. I am going to take into my mind what you both have said. I plan to go the LED route. Does anyone have a suggestion of C7 vs C9? Also, I am going to take the advice to make a map of the area to figure out what I have to work with. I have a young tree about 15 - 20 feet tall. That is really the biggest natural fixture that I have to work with. I currently use 6 strands of LED lights to create a candy cane effect, but it does not nearly cover enough of the tree. I know I need a bigger ladder or to rent some type of lift to get higher, but how many strands would
    5. Hello fellow Christmas nuts! As you can probably decipher from the thread title, I am a true newbie. I have spent the past week or so trying to do some reading on here and get a feel for the forums. I currently only have minimal lights at my town home, but I have aspired for the past couple of years for much more. I want to make 2011 my first big 'production' but have to figure out where to start. Given that I am starting from scratch, I am looking to those much more knowledgable (all of you), than I to get me pointed in the right direction. First, I am not sure if I will try to
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