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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.

Chuck

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  1. Hmmmmm. Rest assured accounts are not deleted at random. But... I do get emails asking for help and in almost every case the user has simply forgotten their account name or changed email address.... then there's that 'Caps Lock' key issue
  2. By paying for the music you use you're making a POSITIVE impact on musicians so they can create even more.
  3. Seems there were some java issues in the PlanetChristmas forums with early installers of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser. Fixed. I don't typically trumpet Microsoft products... but I've been using IE9 the last few days and have been most impressed. MUCH faster than previous versions and appears rock solid. Find out more at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home
  4. Christmas Expo update as of March 1, 2011 What's up with Christmas Expo? Formerly known as PlanetChristmas Lights Up Symposium (most caled it it PLUS) is alive and well. A very small group of volunteers has been working hard to keep the event fresh and useful for newbies as well as the old-timers. We're talking mega-sessions, super-targeted classes and once-in-a-lifetime product deals. Mega-sessions are where we bring in over-the-top speakers and have demonstrations of next generation ideas and products. These are the thought provoking sessions that get you to thinking about grand possibilities. You'll be getting a sneak peek at the future. Super-targeted classes are the opposite of what we've done in the past. Think well defined topics. No more rambling classes with vague names like "Mega-trees." Instead, think "How to build an 18' megatree with four colors in seven hours or less." You'll walk out with the details, tips and tricks needed to get something done as soon as you arrive back home. Instructors will not be allowed to wander off-topic or talk above your head. The classes will be short and to the point. Think all facts and no fluff. Vendor space has doubled again from our last full event. Think new vendors with new products at good prices and ready to impress. We also anticipate some vendors freeing space in their warehouses by bringing last year's products and selling at "once in a lifetime" prices. "You must be present to win" these great deals. The http://www.ChristmasExpo.com website is being updated every week. We're a little behind with all the new class descriptions, but don't worry, the enhanced information will be posted soon. Registration for PLUS+ is now well ahead of any event we've had in the past. Don't worry, we have plenty of room for more but the price goes up a little every month. Register early and use that saved money for one of those once in a lifetime deals offered by our vendors. We'll soon be asking for volunteers to help with some of the on-site duties. We don't pay well (actually, we don't pay at all) but you'll get some sort of PlanetChristmas token of appreciation and the knowledge you're helping others decorate the world. If you can't wait to volunteer, fell free to drop me an email at [email protected]
  5. Chuck

    No More Signatures?

    There was almost an entire day when the Signature Generator was off-line as the main PlanetChristmas website was being refreshed. Sorry about that.
  6. Think Seaworld in Orlando Florida 2010. It's their Sea of Trees. You can read details about it in the December issue of PlanetChristmas magazine at http://www.planetchristmas.com/magazine/December2010/index.html#/14/ This video isn't the best. Jump a few inutes into it to see the trees work their magic. >125K LEDs... each is individually programmable and can be any color of the rainbow. Impressive.
  7. A tip jar... hmmmmmm. Kinda like at Starbucks? I always wonder if that $5 bill you can usually see through the side is from a happy customer or planted by an employee Years ago I came up with the PlanetChristmas penthouse mainly to handle the ones that wanted to donate a little money to help defray expenses. The penthouse wasn't advertised and you had to dig pretty deep to figure out how to enroll. There were exclusive forums but not a whole lot of activity... must have been that rarefied air since the penthouse was located above the forums. The penthouse still exists in our new forums but it's disabled. I haven't totally figured out what should be done with it. PlanetChristmas is going through a total revamp. First was the forum engine... and that was pretty painful. Now we're working on the new website. Next is the sequence store (think Apple AppStore but for light/music sequences) followed by forum restructuring to make things easier to find... which includes work on the penthouse. Got a suggestion? Let me know. Post something here or if privacy is a concern, email me at [email protected]
  8. I've been watching this thread hoping it would get back on track without any help from a moderator... and it did. Thank you. Please remember our three rules: we're positive, family friendly and Christmas centric.
  9. Chuck

    Elfvis!

    A great mix of Christmas, Elvis and technology. The 2009 Mark Dillon's Deck the Lawn Christmas Light Display located in Round Rock TX, features 80 channels of Light-O-Rama animation, over 22,000 LED lights and "ELFVIS", a singing and dancing animatronic. Jump to 1:30 in the four minute video to see Elfvis really swinging those hips! Now this is a creative Christmas display!
  10. During Judy Pancoast's 2010 Christmas tour she stopped by Richard Holdman's house and they created a music video of her House on Christmas Street song. How can this not put anyone in the Christmas spirit... especially if they're big into decorating? Not only is the tune fun to listen to but Richard's house in the background looks sooooooo impressive!
  11. This is the video that EVERYONE was talking about in 2005. The back story is Carson Williams posted a video on PlanetChristmas in January of 2005.of his Christmas display flashing to the music of Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Soon we forgot about it. In November the PlanetChristmas server became overloaded and I couldn't figure out why. Seems CNN had found the video and did a little story about it on the news... and everyone in the world was trying to see that video. Later in the day the video started cloning itself across the Internet and ended up on YouTube. The PlanetChristmas server returned to normal. A special thanks to Carson Williams for igniting the computerized Christmas light display passion so many now share.
  12. Look under the "Goodies" tab in the top navigation bar of this page. This secret passage will only be open for a few days.
  13. My fault. I had installed the snow add-on strictly as an experiment. It didn't work and the person that wrote the code asked to investigate, which apparently he did... and fixed the problem... about 7:30 last night after I had turned in for the evening. The snow has been "tweaked" and now only visible to guests. Just another reason to sign in when you're reading the forums. Now the question is... should there be any yellow snow
  14. Tapatalk is back! At least I think it is. Please let me know if you're having trouble. Install Tapatalk on your smartphone. Search for "PlanetChristmas" and have PlanetChristmas with you no matter where you are!
  15. You can scroll to the bottom of the home page and on the menu bar are several links. Click "Today's active content" or go to http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=active I'm sure there's a way to make this easier to find... just haven't had time to figure it out yet.
  16. No need to worry. Enabling TapaTalk on the new forums infrastructure is on the list to do... but it's still a few days away (the list is quite long.)
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