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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 mtdew4me

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  • Birthday January 8

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Leesburg, VA
  • Biography
    Looking to learn about automated Christmas ligths
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    wood working
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  • About my display
    Looking to build a Christmas Train

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  1. During my drive to work today my cell phone suddenly started blowing up with calls, texts and emails from friends, neighbors and work colleagues telling me "Turn on DC101, Turn on DC101". Crazy!
  2. Thank you. Yes, I have 3 LED RGB modules in each of the 10 carved Funkins. They don't show up very good in the video but in person, they look pretty good. I get positive comments on them from viewers I meet. Thank Darlene. I must admit that when the LOR thread "Here's one for the sadist out there" popped up, I thought it was someone trying to play a joke on the newbies. I was following the thread to see how many people were biting. I guess the joke was on me...LOL....It wasn't until I heard it on the radio and then again at my high school reunion a couple weeks ago, that I decided to do it. If not for Torqumada sharing his mouth sequence with me, it never would have happened. If I videoed it now, I would almost certainly catch someone doing the horse. We sit in our living room and watch outside. I'm seriously thinking about putting a camera out to catch people but not sure how that would go over. We do get a lot of laughs out of it for sure.
  3. For the record and full disclosure, Torqumada286 did the signing faces part of the sequence. He gets huge KUDOS from me on his work on this sequence.
  4. Now that's just the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. Excellent work!
  5. I captured this video this morning of our light show. I wish the video quality was better so I'm also posting some photos of the display to help in the visualization when watching the video.
  6. Lowes in Northern VA has incans: purple, orange and multi-colored Halloween light. Target was putting out their halloween light today when I stopped by during lunch. They have LED purple and orange minis. I need Red 100ct incans
  7. mtdew4me

    Holy Moly!

    It must be full of Crack
  8. Hi Dan! Welcome. I've seen you around on the LOR forum. My wife's a Limey too , originally from Wakefield in West Yorkshire before coming to the US in the early 90's to be a nanny for "just a year". She met this crazy young man, fell in love and the rest is history, as they say. BTW, My father-in-law calls me a Colonist....LOL. My family has been blessed with our own special "little" challenge. I've considered collecting for The Children's House at Johns Hopkins Univ. Hospital. They provide families with a place to stay when a child has an extended stay at the hospital. I wanted another year of putting my display together before jumping into this. Best of luck to you on your fundraising efforts!!! ~Brandon
  9. I use a pair of vice-grips. I clamp it on the rebar and spin the rebar around in the frozen ground a few times. That usually losens them up enough to easily pull out them with my hands. Best, Brandon Edited: Good idea Dave.....you beat me to the punch!
  10. Search on "lightsonNeffCircle". I think that might be it. Here's a YouTube link: http://www.youtube.c...ad?feature=mhee Best, Brandon
  11. I'm pretty sure I got everyone. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edwards-Landing-Lights/494577520558648 Many Thanks, Brandon
  12. You might also want to check out seasonal entertainment's rainbow floods. http://www.seasonalentertainmentllc.com/productcatalog.htm. Regards, Brandon
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