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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.

    Walter and Jackie Monkhouse

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    About Walter and Jackie Monkhouse

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    • Location
      Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
    • Interests
      Gardening, Christmas lights and caring for our tropical birds
    • Occupation
      Walter-Retired (Gulf of Mexico Oil Field), Jackie- Retired (High School Coach)
    • About my display
      Magic Christmas has over 200,000 lights which include many special effect lights. Probably the most dynamic and crowd pleasing are the 400 plus strobes that vary in size and intensity. Walter has designed and built a very unique Christmas train that travel through a forest of Christmas trees. He also broadcast the music that is synchronized to the light show over a low power FM frequency.

      Old toys are outlined with rope lights and are hung from two oak trees as ornaments. Other elements include massive bubbles as well as handmade quilted pieces.

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    1. Awesome---the Patriotic Display just might be our favorite at Christmas in Cotton Plant. Nice addition!!!!!
    2. We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Foley. Bill was a good friend and mentor . Mark Z summed it all up so well. Bill will be very much missed . Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and Bills family.
    3. It is good to hear your home was not totaled and you were not injured. We had very little damage , but lost our air conditioning due to electrical spikes . Good luck with your train.
    4. Looks like you have a real nice pole . Don't know if the Portable Hole will work for your situation or not, but shoot me an email at walter @magicchristmas and lets talk .
    5. Sounds like maybe a style of early Bert Kaempfert . [Wonderland By Night , Red roses For A Blue Lady, Three O'clock In The Morning]. I ran the recordings side by side and it seems to mimic his arrangements.
    6. Look at pg 6 and 7 of the tutorial. The 3/4 " flange should fit exactly [with it's own bolts and nuts] between the large bolt heads of the 2" flange. A small amount of filing on the 3/4 " flange edges might be necessary to remove excess castings.
    7. That Topper looks good. A 3/4 " floor flange for a Star or other top piece will fit between those 4 holes in the middle.
    8. We will be attending the Miss Mini. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
    9. Here is a tutorial about the ColorMotions Tree. The instructions are detailed. Downloading the link takes a few minutes. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gsobu8te7al48h5/Building%20A%20ColorMotions%20Tree.pdf
    10. Wow! A lot of effort involved in that display. Very different .
    11. Wayne , The pixels are attached to polyester banding material which is tensioned between a topper and a bottom ring. We are preparing a detailed tutorial about the Colormotions tree which will be posted here in about a week. Any specific questions you have , please email me at [email protected]
    12. One of our Mac computers is giving a warning about visiting this site will harm your computer.
    13. You must hold the record for the highest number of inflatables . How many does that make for you now?
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