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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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    1. Unfortunately, I won't be in town next weekend, so I will not be able to attend. Thanks for reminding me that I still need to finalize my sprial tree plans. :-)
    2. I decided to take my video at an angle in order to get the whole display in. Not optimal, nor is the quality near as good as some of these surfacing from HD camcorders, but it gets the job done. Here are my videos for 2011: http://lightsongold.com/?page_id=276
    3. Wish I would have been able to make it to that meeting! So are the cables being used to hold the conduit straight, then the ropes support the strings of lights as the spiral downward? I wasn't sure if the spirally light strings would need to be attached to the rope supports to hold them in the spiral shape. So far, all my trees have been designed to be quick to setup and teardown (not a fan of being out in the cold), and I wasn't sure a spiral tree would be a quick setup item. Sorry to hear about your controller issues, but very glad you were able to get a show working. The night I dr
    4. I need to record video in the next few days. I was trying to work out a few issues in the display first and I fixed those tonight. My display is too wide for the camera view. I need to decide whether I'm going to edit it to feature parts of the display or just get all I can in a single video.
    5. Hey all! I made it to see many of the Wichita displays last weekend! I'm a fan of the spiral trees! I had just thought that I hadn't seen any around Wichita yet, then you guys had! Merry Christmas!
    6. Just finished setting mine up and the show is on tonight! I look forward to seeing the other area displays!
    7. Hey Everyone! I'm at K-State again this year and am not really sure what weekends I'll be back in Wichita, so don't count me in for now. I would like to meet you all eventually! While we're all together on a thread, does anyone in our area have a website for their lights that they would like linked to from my site? (lightsongold.com)
    8. Hey Everyone, I'm at school at K-State and unfortunately I will not be back in town for the meet-up. Thanks for the invite! -Matt
    9. Hello everyone! I'm Matt, I have the Christmas light display on Gold in Wichita. For some reason, I just now got around to making an account on here so that I could reply. I'm looking forward to seeing your displays this year.
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