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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 cyras21

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    • Birthday 04/27/1977

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      Stephens City, VA
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      Just a big kid when it comes to Christmas...
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      don't really have a hobby
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      Air Traffic Controller
    • About my display
      just under 15k lights, looking to top 100k....need a few ideas!

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    1. What's RGB? I was thinking 33 channels because that's how many strings I currently have hanging and would like to make it spiral. Currently one string goes up and down. How many strings to you think I can get away with on the same channel and still have a spiral effect?
    2. I have a rather large static display, 45k lights. I would like to incorporate LOR into my display but with so many lights I'm looking at an astounding amount of money needed for all the lights. What do you guys think of starting small by leaving most lights static and setting my mega pole to LOR. It would require at least 33 channels to do properly. Do you think it would be tacky to have the one item "flashing" with everything else static?
    3. no LEDs here. I don't like the look. It's a string of 300 split.
    4. With the star it's about 35'. I'll post a pic of the entire set up as soon as I finish my cross.
    5. cyras21

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      yes the garland is strictly for daytime use as is with my mini trees. You can't really see the garland at night with all the lights anyway. I try to make my display as pleasing to the eye as I can during daylight hours. Not an easy task!
    6. looks like you have room for 1 maybe 2 or 3 10' free standing trees. The base is only 5' and there's a how to PDF making them from PVC. I priced mine out last year at $125 to build.
    7. just saw his pics, 3 strings zipped tied...giving me ideas!
    8. Anyone know what kind of lights they use in their display? It's too clean to be stringed lights, almost as if it's fiber optics or something.
    9. lol, I was hopping to have a 40' mega poe tree this year. Since I waited until the last minute I'll have a 20' tree topped with a 4' star. At least it's bigger then last years!
    10. Is this is a private gravel road? If so, dig a small channel and run them through PVC pipe.
    11. Cant go over top? I'd be hesitant going across a public road. Do you live where it snows? Those plows would tear anything you put down up!
    12. Someone posted about using 2" pipe with "sleeves". My question is what are you using as a sleeve/coupler that would allow a 40' pipe solely using 2" conduit?
    13. I use gutter/banister clips. They snap perfectly over the pipe and don't slide. http://www.christmaswow.com/christmas-light-clips/ Bottom left pic with the rail.
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