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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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Posts posted by JerryK

  1. There's liability to everything. If you buy a German Shepard your home owner's insurance goes up. If you help someone who's been hurt they can sue you for administering cpr wrong. What if the mailman cuts through your yard and trips on an extension cord going to your lights? No more light shows either? If they give you permission in your gated community to do this - go for it.

    There is a difference between something happening in your yard and something going across a public street. Does the OP have permission to do this, I didn't notice? If that is the case then the whole community should take responsibility if something happens.

  2. First of all, these are not easy to fly. You will need to find somebody who can fly one of these. It will have to be large enough to handle the weight of the camera. I fly R/C airplanes and tried to venture into helicopters. A plane wants to fly, a helicopter doesn't. It takes constant control. Don't know what kind of camera you could use. Your best bet would be some type of spy camera like you see in pens and such. To me it seems like a big investment that I would rather put towards more lights. Good luck and show us pictures if you get it figured out.

  3. That makes sense, but I admit that I didn't get it either - I thought "Ho Ho Express" was either the name of your display or a reference to a train in your display. It sounds like a good charity to collect for at a dislplay!

    That's what I thought too.

  4. I am having problems with seeing new content it say no new content but when I look in forums there are new post. what am i doing wrong it use to show new post please help

    You have to make sure you are logged in. After you log in towards the right it says view new content.

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