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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 DanInTexas

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  • Birthday May 4

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  • Location
    Dayton, Texas
  • Biography
    52 yrs young, married, 5 dogs and a pot bellied pig...
  • Interests
    Woodworking, welding, creating
  • Occupation
    GM for family construction parts company
  • About my display
    Not much to brag about...C9 lights on house ridges, hanging icicle lights on gutters, several blowups, built a 1 dimensional sleigh and my first candy cane...Wife wants more...My front yard is 3 acres so I have alot of room for expansion
  1. Finally I found it....Okay I am listed now
  2. I also have been bitten by the bug AND the wife has asked that I look into the cost to make the lights dance to the music...Heres is my NEED HELP first question with many more down the road: Which LOR is the best one to use and what does it come with? I figured I would start with one 16 channel first...What do ya'll think? BTW I have 3 acres in front of the house to make the dancing...LOL I did an inventory on what I have so far for the display and its about 6000 lights mainly mini's, no LED, some C9... I have a dedicated PC computer to run the program and have downloaded the demo version for me to see how it works... All suggestions are helpful Thanks
  3. Does anyone have links to videos showing you or teaching you how to run the lights on the wireframes? I have built several wireframes in the barn but just don't have the gift to light them correctly...I end up using alot of blackouts and lots of extra wire...Would it be easier to just cut the wire and splice it ? Any thoughts would really help me get lets see I have 3 Christmas Trees that are 3D I made...They fold up and lay flat but when deployed they are 4 sides...Thanks Folks
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