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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.

deanathpc

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About deanathpc

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  • Birthday 12/28/1970

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    http://www.brooksfamilylights.com

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    Western Upstate NY
  • Biography
    Been a fan of christmas for a long time. Always loved putting up as many lights as possible.
  • Interests
    Computers, photography, Survivalism
  • Occupation
    Paramedic
  • About my display
    No display this year. Am looking to design one for next year

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  1. Nice! Bet that was fun to sequence!
  2. Sounds good.. Also sounds like you need to reduce this down some.. Your own forum might be a great thing!
  3. Well I have been slowly converting over myself. First thing. Not cheap!!!!!!!! You can find them on eBay or holiday Coro. Most buy them from China but I've heard some horror stories on that one. You should get some responses that will point you in the right direction. I personally use holiday Coro and eBay to get the stuff I need for my display. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2
  4. I'l ship some to you. We are suppose to get another 2 inches of the stuff today. You can have it!
  5. I so know that feeling... I now carry notepads with me do doodle on when that thought strikes. You just never know.. And if I don't put it on paper pretty quick it either drives me nuts until I can or I start forgetting details. That is why I always carry pencil and paper just in case. I really need to learn welding.. I think I could do so much more if I knew how. I keep hearing how messing flux core is and the clean up but never say the before and after shots of it. Soldering a PCB can get messy if you use flux but not nothing some alcohol and a brush can't take care of. My only other thing is a supplier for the metals etc. for the projects. Not much in the way of them around my area I don't think. I'll have to look though. Thanks for the inspiration! Although I think my family won't be thanking you. lol
  6. And this right here is why I need to learn how to weld!!!!!!!! Awesome idea!
  7. I am not up and running.. I've given up. my truck is back in the shop at last I spoke with them the bill was $375. They still have the engine problems to figure out. so I have bowed to the light gods and accepted the fact I'm just not suppose to do all of this this year. It's already mid December. What's the point now...
  8. Wow that is awesome! I would take that in with open arms! lol Great to know there are still people out there that are good. Use it well!!
  9. I gave up trying to figure out what time is spent. I just don't want to know.
  10. lol I use black paracord to tie everything down. And lemme tell ya.. I know that they are there and I've fallen on my butt many times already because I "forget" that they are there.
  11. About 6 inches here. Heavy wet stuff.. The bushes are holding up nearly as well as the lights are!!!!!
  12. I always start / test the night of Black Friday. Or Day after Thanksgiving. I'm not so sure I'll be one time this year though. We shall see!
  13. Hey Grand Island is heard from!!!! Was just on the island two weeks ago!
  14. Awesome! See... I should have done this.. I used the metal EMT conduit.. Heavy. and no base.. I was just thinking of doing a similar thing as you while I was carrying them out to the yard yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!! How funny...
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