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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. The problem with uploading videos under the Videos tab has been fixed. Upload your work and show it off to the world!
  2. I'm finally posting some of the images sent in showing off your 2012 displays. Very Impressive. See the latest at http://www.planetchristmas.com/ShowingOff2012.htm Ready to submit what you've done? You might end up in an upcoming issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine. Start right here: http://www.planetchristmas.com/ShowingOff.htm
  3. Be sure to post a video of your 2012 Christmas decorations. Look near the top of this page at the menu bar (under the PlanetChristmas logo and banner. See the 'Videos' tab? Punch it!
  4. Chuck

    4th of july

    This is sooooooooooooo cool!
  5. PlanetChristmas Magazine for November 2012 has hit the newsstands. http://www.planetchr...e/November2012/ What's in this edition? SuperStar Tips Tool to create incredible sequences in just two minutes Ten Santa tips Using inflatables in your display Build mini-leapers ... and so much more.
  6. Hmmmmm. Getting to many complaints about this thread. Lets move on to something else.
  7. The staff is putting together the next edition of PlanetChristmas magazine and we just realized we really need an article about blow molds. Interested? We can promise you some fame, but no fortune... by getting published in the magazine. Think you're up to the challenge? [email protected]
  8. The staff is starting to work on the next edition of PlanetChristmas Magazine. One of the editors has been telling me very few articles have been submitted. That's not good. We really need your content since this is your magazine. Ready to be famous? Submit your idea for writing a magazine article to [email protected] Don't worry if you've never done this before. It's our job to make you look great!
  9. Wellllll. Seems a spammer got it and tried to educate us on some non-family friendly issues. The issue has been resolved. Thanks for the gazillion reports and emails alerting us to the issue.
  10. This just in: Christmas Expo 2013 will be July 11-13, 2013 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We're expanding and improving the show in many ways. . What about long term planning for future Christmas Expos? Christmas Expo will be based out of Gatlinburg during the odd numbered years and rotate around the USA during even numbered years. Keep an eye on the Christmas Expo website for more information. www.ChristmasExpo.com
  11. It's about time! The July 2012 issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine is finally on your digital newsstand. What's in this one? We focus on that little company called Light-O-Rama plus several other Christmas decorating subjects. Who is Light-O-Rama? 4x4 Design Show Testing with an iPad LED String Tester Tree Toppers LOR Jumpstart Training Classes Storing Strings of Lights Christmas Expo 2013 ... and so much more! Ready? All you need is a computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet. Click the link below. We'll figure out how to best deliver the digital magazine to your device! www.PlanetChristmas.com/Magazine/July2012 Want a printed version of the magazine? Look for the PDF button on the right side of the magazine screen (it looks like a three pointed star and the tool tip says 'Browse PDF'.) Click that button and you'll see a super-high-resolution version of the magazine ready for your printer. It's 72 pages but only 36 if you use the duplex feature and print on both sides... getting that magazine physical feel you might like. The PlanetChristmas staff hopes you're starting to think about another great holiday season! Remember: we're here to help.
  12. Seems the PlanetChristmas website was hacked by an evil-doer the morning of June 1, 2012. Judging from the type of hack, it originated far outside the USA. Around lunchtime I received a message from Google saying PlanetChristmas.com was now classified a malware site, action needed to be taken immediately and PlanetChristmas.com was put on the official Google blacklist... meaning many of you saw a red screen with dire warnings when you attempted to go to the website. The PC website was republished about 1:30pm and a request was sent to Google asking to be whitelisted. About 6:25pm the site was hacked again. Irritating. There's a PlanetChristmas backup website set aside for issues like this and I redirected traffic away from the troublesome primary site. The challenge was the backup website was several months out of date. The PlanetChristmas website is huge and it took until Saturday morning to get everything refreshed. Google whitelisted PlanetChristmas sometime mid-afternoon of June 2, 2012. The hacked website has been deleted and rebuilt with the help of the host. I'm waiting a few days before redirecting traffic back to it. If you notice PlanetChristmas is a little sluggish, it's because we're running off the backup site. Word to the wise: Don't get Google mad at you... ever!
  13. Not sure I've ever been mentioned in the same sentence as Bill Gates
  14. The staff is starting to think about the next edition of PlanetChristmas magazine. We're looking for people to write articles and share their knowledge with the decorating community. We can't make you rich... but we can try and make you famous (at least in the Christmas world.) Interested? Send an email to Chuck describing what you want to write about. [email protected] Thanks!
  15. Let's be nice. Remember our three rules. We're positive, family friendly and Christmas centric.
  16. Hmmmm. The forums have a built in mobile app for viewing but I also see where I installed TapATalk long ago but hadn't refreshed it to the latest version. Done. Feel free to try TapATalk again and search for PlanetChristmas.
  17. The PlanetChristmas forums are entering their 16th year. That pretty much makes this little spot on the Internet an old-timer. As I look back to 1996 after installing the original PlanetChristmas bulletin board service, I'm amazed anyone found it. Sometimes a week would go by without a single post. Then there was the year the system crashed the day before Thanksgiving because of too much activity. There were days when I was ready to shut everything down because of the sniping and negativity. What a ride. There's one thing I have had to learn the hard way multiple times over the years. The forum infrastructure must be updated constantly to keep up with the load and changing tastes of the decorating community. We're now plotting and planning for 2012. Got a suggestion? Feel free to join in with the following thread:
  18. 2011. What a year but it's now ancient history. The PlanetChristmas staff took life easy during January but we're now back in the saddle for 2012. We do need your help as we move into the new year. What can we do to make things better?
  19. Love the arches on the roof!
  20. Love how this video opens... it's all about telling a story!
  21. Now that's an impressive light display!
  22. The December 2011 issue of PlanetChristmas magazine is now available. Just click the magazine cover below or goto http://www.planetchristmas.com/Magazine/December2011 What's in the December 2011 issue of PlanetChristmas magazine? Plenty of pictures of YOUR displays as well as some behind the scenes images at the five million light spectacle at Disney in Orlando. We're thinking all Christmas all the time here at PlanetChristmas!
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