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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 LarryW

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  • Birthday 10/26/1988

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    Started decorating my house at Christmas time as soon as I could walk. When i was a little kid there was the family tree in the living room. then there was my 6' tree on the back porch, not to mention the 2' tree in my room. My first word was at Christmas and it was LIGHT .
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    Racing R/C trucks.
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    Mostly L.E.D.'s, First year doing computerized was 2010. I used L&S for two years before that. I have just as many lights in my backyard as my front yard. i Believe that most people don't decorate their backyards, because no one can see it. but I like to do sit on my back porch and look at some of the work i did this year<br />
  1. each tree has 2 channels 1 red 1 green, and the bushes in front of the windows 1 clear 1 multi. I didn't think the garage door covers were that expensive. i was thinking 150 max....Guess not.
  2. all great idea's......I think I will have to save up for another controller in Feb. i didn't realize this was an expensive obsession. Because it certainly is past the point of a hobby.
  3. i have room behind the bushes. i was toying with the idea of digging a two foot hole and filling it with concrete and bending a piece of rebar to lock the controller to. and getting the biggest chain and lock for it.
  4. i wouldn't mind getting another controller or 2. It's just that i already have 16 x cords running under my garage door. i really don't want to put a controller outside. unless i can put it in a safe !!!!! i Just don't want to come home after a week out on the road. To find out someone swiped my controller.
  5. I was just looking at a thread. someone used the North Pole lights w/ arches. kinda like a border. Looks pretty cool.
  6. Ok. the lights are up. all 10,000 and I have 10 songs sequenced. it looks great. But like most people here I want to improve my display.I need the help of critics. Any ideas for next year. thinking about North Pole lights. I know that is one of the biggest threads. not really room for a mega tree.
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