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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 eagle5

  1. Hi everybody. I'm one of the new guys in Wichita that you've all been kindly talking about. I'm not new to Christmas displays but I am new to PC. However my brother is really new to it all, but not a PC member. His gig is Halloween over the top, it's pretty incredible. I would like to attend your pow-wow but I might be several steps behind you guys. I have 80 channels (LOR) that I purchased last year which I recieved in November, yes November, and you probably already guessed it, my software came in November also. With help from my cyo kids I got the display put together, but no controllers. I was getting heat from the neighbors, so I made the tough decision to go static. Now that your up to speed my brother and I would love to join you, but will understand if were just too new for the group.

  2. I don't want to sell it, but if it walks off, I want to be able to have a value for the insurance company. The fence in the back is 6' and the king on the left and the angel in the back are 30" tall. I've got 2 - 500watt halogen lights on a motion sensor so if anybody gets too close after hours it will make them think twice. We have a huge problem with stealing Jesus's in this town.

  3. I did some work for a gentleman who didn't have any money but had alot of stuff. He let me select some items for payment. I came across 3 boxes apprx. 30" x 48" x 18". On the outside was a picture of a complete nativity, on all 3 boxes. I told him I would take these 3 boxes, which he agreed, for I thought I had a bunch of small nativities that I could possibly sell off or give away. When I eventually opened the boxes 4 months later, to my surpise was a 9 piece 30" tall full nativity. I about passed out. I can't seem to find it's value, for insurance reasons, but I would like to know if anybody has one of these. I believe it's from Sam's, but I wasn't going back to the gentleman to ask anymore questions.



  4. I have a way to secure them to the roof, I'm having trouble creating a design with the 7 stars. Should they shoot across the roof or fall from the peak or maybe on an arc from the top to the bottom? I'm struggling with this. If anyone sees a design on line somewhere, please send me the link.


  5. I purchased 7 - 24" stars w/18" tails from 3G Lighting Creation this year to put on my 10/12 pitched roof. I've tried several different ways of positioning them but not happy with any of them. I've looked on the internet for different ideas, but can't find any. If anybody has any ideas, I would love to hear from you.



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