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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.

JSlade

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About JSlade

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  • Birthday August 23

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  • Location
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Biography
    The BIGGEST fan Christmas ever had
  • Interests
    Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas
  • Occupation
    Metrology
  • About my display
    My wife and I are HUGE Christmas fans and have been decorating our house for over 10 years. We are known as the Gingerbread House in Scottsdale. Our house features mainly multicolored lights (minis, C-7, C-9 and a few LEDs) with 3 30ft arches over the diveway, handmade gingerbread men, handmade candy snow (that lights up and looks like frozen snow that has accumulated on the eves). We believe to be near 30,000 lights and are currently planning our first Light O Rama show for 2011...

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  1. Tara, You are so welcome!! It was very nice to meet you and we cant wait to check out your display this year! Be sure to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/lightuparizona/ and please, share your progress. Happy Lighting!!! John and Caroline
  2. Tara, Your not too late unless its the 21st of April. Just let Gigogig know how many are coming. Just by responding to this thread, consider yourself included. Stay tuned for more details... Brian, Sure would've like to have met you!!! maybe next time... Joe, bummer you cant make it this year! we'll miss ya! Frank and Steve, CANT WAIT TO SEE YA AGAIN!!!
  3. I've reported several... This poster is relentless!!!!
  4. Same issue here as well. I have the signature generator as a favorite link, so this should help... http://www.planetchristmas.com/signatures/
  5. I'd like to see types of jigs, bending tools... stuff like that.
  6. Yes, they will stand on their own with the rebar, I had the arches up for over a week before I added the nylon string. The string only keeps them from swaying.
  7. Here are my arches... 1 1/2" gray electrical conduit, the type with a bell end. I used 3 10ft pieces per arch. There is a 4ft piece of rebar, 5/8", on each side to keep the arches straight... 2 ft of which are in the ground. I then just used a nylon string to keep them from swaying. Each arch has 700 white LED's (10 channels), 280 multi colored LEDS (1 channel) and the Big Bulbs (1 channel) Driveway is 18ft wide...
  8. Hello Darlene! Which company is selling the laser lights? I'd really like to check those out!!! Thanks for posting all of the pictures, I've been glued to the computer... wish I was there!!! Next year for sure!!!
  9. Could possibly be the fact that there is approximately 160 days left til lights turn on.... everyone's sweating bullets!! Including myself Its crunch time now!!
  10. Thanks Jack!! Wow, it does look exactly like the walter star, VERY COOL!! I used the holdman star download from his website. As far as the bells go, I just googled "Christmas bells" images until I found one that I liked, then did the same for "Christmas bows" and combined the two. It was all freehand, no jigs, benders or torches involved. I did use a long 1/2" boxed end wrench for some of the tight corners that were to difficult to bend by hand. Looking back now I wish I would've made plans to possibly duplicate/replicate both of them. I could get some close up pictures and/or angles for you if that would help, or the pictures that I used to create the bells, please let me know... I really like the sounds of the 3D angel... That should be a challenge!! Please post if you do build these. Well, the good news is you still have 225 days to get them done, bad news is.... you only have 225 days left.
  11. How about hanging two points at the top - from the rafters/eaves, and the bottom could attach to two anchors in the ground? This would leave them suspended in the middle... Just a thought.
  12. Brian, that is absolutely impressive!!! Very nice work!! How much travel can you get out of it? or does this depend on length of threaded rod... ???
  13. Thanks for all the great feedback!! It's much appreciated!! It's been fun making them!!!... and I will definitely repost when I get some lights on them. I also plan on making an Angel and a Santa face!!! *<:-{)
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