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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 Donald.Landru

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  • Birthday 02/28/1986

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A story or two
  • Location
    Waterville, Minnesota, USA
  • Biography
    Hi! My name is Donald, I am from Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • Interests
    I enjoy spending time with my family. Obviously like most others here I enjoy Christmas & Christmas Lighting.
  • Occupation
    Senior Systems Administrator
  • About my display
    Located in Apple Valley MN, I have been running a small static display for about 15 years. Winter 2008 I added my first of 8 channels of animation. 2009 is going to be all static again due to lack of time for programming. We should still have about 15,000 lights this year.

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  1. I know that I had a great time. Liked getting the chance to see some old faces and meeting new ones. I would again like to thank Mark for opening his home and hosting the mini. Hopefully some of the others that attended will post here as well.
  2. Just my two cents, but a simple policy I use is, if I have to ask if something is appropriate chances are it's not
  3. Donald.Landru


    I am 100% will be at the mini. I am looking for to seeing the VFloods
  4. I usually do everything the last week of October. More than enough time before the 27th light up.
  5. Although not free like boot camp another option is parallels desktop for mac. It allows you to run Windows like an application. With boot camp you would have to restart the computer to switch between mac and windows. You cannot run lor directly on a mac.
  6. I'll have to go checkout my local store tomorrow, I saw a couple of things online that caught my eye.
  7. A "mini-PLUS", basically a get together of us lighting enthusiasts. A chance to share ideas, stories, and other information.
  8. SmartStrands is an importer and wholesaler of quality LED Christmas lights and LED holiday lighting accessories. We do not sell directly to the consumer. Although I wish I knew of a distributor that buys from them. Sent from my HTC EVO 4G, using tapatalk.
  9. What kind of lights are these? C7/9, minis? I am assuming since it is 50 count that they are minis in which case those are usually in a way you cannot just cut them. Sent from my HTC EVO 4G, using tapatalk.
  10. I have extra stringers, I switched over to led c9 last year do I could easily part with some of the old strings. Maybe at the mini once a date is decided. Sent from my HTC EVO 4G, using tapatalk.
  11. Any minis out yet? Or shelf price tags? Sent from my HTC EVO 4G, using tapatalk.
  12. The item may be sent via common carrier from our Orlando, FL *Metropolitan location. Freight costs can start at $150.00.* The winning bidder is responsible for all common carrier arrangements, crating cost and shipping charges. I guess you would really wasn't to get these. Or lube in the Orlando area. I don't think these were the candlesticks talked about in that board game, but maybe someone that they were evidence Sent from my HTC EVO 4G, using tapatalk.
  13. Hey Teri! That is great to hear you are putting together a website. Please let us know the address when it is finished so we can take a look!
  14. Hi Mark! Saturday the 23rd is the best Saturday for me personally. So awaiting other responses I vote for the 23rd.
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