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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.

Dewey68

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About Dewey68

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  • Location
    Casco, MI
  • Biography
    Father of 3 girls, married and always busy!
  • Interests
    cars, computers, electronics
  • Occupation
    Plastics Extrusion Technician
  • About my display
    I have a small display with a couple inflatables, wireframes and just updated most to LED.

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  1. Dewey68

    My Display

    Thanks again! This year we added the ferris wheel, 7 ft. tree and about 2000 lights. We're already trying to figure out what to add next year. Suggestions are always welcome! LOL
  2. Dewey68

    My Display

    here's another shot.....
  3. Dewey68

    My Display

    Thank you! We add a little each year but the yard is filling up.
  4. If the output of the converter is DC, then polarity does matter. Since the lights are LED, they have to receive the voltage in the correct polarity.
  5. Dewey68

    My Display

    Here is my display for 2013. It's a static display for the most part but that's how we like it.
  6. It looks great! How did you put the trees together?
  7. It looks pretty good! This is how I started and it's grown quite abit.
  8. Welcome from Michigan! I also run a large static display.
  9. Thanks! The lady had about 20 of the red ones and only these 2 blue ones.
  10. The wife found these on a swap site. Got them for $10 each.
  11. Welcome from the east side. This was the first year that we saw an animated display as well. As it turns out, the display we saw was the the one which won the Griswald light award.
  12. I'm over on the east side of the state, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.
  13. Here's a shot of this years display.
  14. I've noticed the same thing around southeast Michigan. It seems that they are putting things on clearance before Christmas. We picked up 4 reels of LEDs for 30% off at Target a few days ago and a couple items yesterday at Home Depot for 50% off.
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