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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 Ginger9909

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    Roselle Park, NJ
  • Biography
    I am 45 and a mom of 3.
  • Interests
    I love to decorate for the holiday season.
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  • About my display
    I currently have a village which is indoors and i have some animated dolls which i display in the porch windows. This year I bought a Mr. Christmas Light and Sound and trying to come up with some ideas for outside display.
  1. Gemmy has some nice sparkling type snowflakes which i bought at lowes. It is 29.99 for a pack of 3 so a little expensive but should give a nice effect along with pathway.
  2. thanks. I know there is no control over certain functions but like many people I too dont have the funds for LOR just yet and think MC is probably a good way to start. Do you have any suggestions on good effects. Have you layered a tree with 2 or 3 different colors?
  3. thanks very much everyone for the information and the youtube video link
  4. Sorry for another Mr. Christmas question but is it possible to make one of these using just the 6 channels?
  5. Sorry for another Mr. Christmas question but is it possible to make one of these using just the 6 channels?
  6. Can someone tell me how exactly to do a Mega Tree with a Mr. Christmas. I just bought this so the whole thing is new to me. Do i use all 6 channels and how to i get it to go around in circles?
  7. Can someone tell me how many mini lights is each channel able to hold?
  8. Can someone tell me how many mini lights is each channel able to hold?
  9. PLC Program for Lighted Arches Seems I have been hijacked into doing some lighted arches and some other things i guess. Looks to me that a digital 120vac output 8 channel 2amp relay card will work. Has anyone else done it this way, and if you did, what type of timing did you use between channels? I normally do industrial controls, but some insight on timing or other issues would be helpful. Need be I have an additonal 16 channel,. Looks like there are many variations of moving the lights up/down, center to both ends, etc. I am not beyond copying a working program or any additonal idea's. I could also make 3 arches move together as a 2 amp channel will do the light sets in sync (should work). We are new to this type of thing and time is moving quickly by. Do most people us PLC's or something else? THANKS
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