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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.
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  • 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. Ouch, that is a little pricey. I still may try it though. I use the built in C9 clip on the gutters and that moves pretty fast as I hang icicle lights at the same time anyway. This will be my first year for C9s on the hips and ridges, and for what looks like a total cost of $100 I think it is still worth it in my case. I like the idea of spending as little time as possible on a 2nd story roof in November....and again in the winter (if the snow melts) to take them down. I'll have to do a test strip this summer and see how sturdy and effective it is. It would be hard to get the lights lined up strait with PVC pipe, and I think wood would be heavier and need more support to keep it lined up.
  2. I've seen another thread on here using vinyl siding J-channel for window frames. Easy to buy, cut, and drill holes. I imagine the same would work on the roof if you could buy a brown or other dark color. You could attach it to the roof using the standard C9 shingle clips, but instead of every bulb, put one every 5 or 10. That will cut down on installation time and make it easier. Haven't ever done it , but I just thought of that idea when I saw it for window frames. Might try it this year. Link to the other thread: Link to website showing pictures of J-channel assembled: http://bazillionlights.com/Tech/LightsTechWindowFrames.html
  3. Hey guys, guess I'll keep this thread going by introducing myself as I am new to PC as well. Located just north of Champaign in Paxton, IL. Just graduated from U of I, and came back home to work in the family business. The goal this year is to animate my past display of 25,000 lights (see profile pic) while adding 40,000 red and green minis. The inspiration for this was coming across the Holdman display videos last year and the desire to go "all out" since last year I had no display. (senior year was REALLY busy) I look forward to sharing ideas with all those that I have met in my short time at PC. Brandon, look forward to stopping by your house this winter to see your display. Your story about getting into Christmas lights is almost identical to mine...was even in the Pantagraph a few years ago too! Thanks all, Victor
  4. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of great ideas in the PC forum, and using siding end cap pieces like that is one of the best. Thanks for posting that link!
  5. Thanks Brian, You're right, I guess a lot of it would depend on the media coverage. I've made the regional newspaper in the past, but the display was nothing spectacular (at least compared to what I'm working on this year). The neighbors on my street have always appreciated the work I do, but this year we have new neighbors on either side of our house. Both moved in this spring and although I've made good connections with meeting them so far, they don't know about the Christmas lights yet, let alone the fact that the display is growing this year. Both neighbors have young kids, so I think that should help in the relationship once they find out. Victor
  6. Hi all, Brand new to Planet Christmas, so forgive me for any way I might show my "Newbie" status. Just out of college and getting ready to animate for the first year along with tripling the number of lights to 75,000 or so by adding red and green. Everyone has mentioned the difficulties with managing traffic and how that affects neighbors, but I was just wondering how much the surrounding residential population affects your traffic. Anyone out there from a relatively rural location away from large cities who has still had traffic problems? My town is only 5000 people and the only significant city is a good 25 miles away (Champaign-Urbana in central IL). I'm expecting everyone in town and in the immediate area to come by as they have before, but should I expect a spectator draw from that far away? How far away do people normally come from? Anyone else from a similarly rural location? Thanks, Victor
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