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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.

    Christmas Spectacular

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      Cranburyu NJ
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      Light-O-Rama 384 Channels 52,000 lights

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    1. New Jerseys Number One Christmas Display All for Charity! What you will see when you come to our 2017 Show. Features our TWO NEW pixel grids HIGH above our house, our pixel tree with almost 8,000 lights, our four-colored flame machines. Always a favorite ouur expanded Mega Tree with over 52,000 lights!!
    2. Can anyone recommend someone who can do custom LOR programming for this year. We will have 384 channels for 2012. cranburychristmaslights.com Voted #1 Christmas Display in NJ - Raising over $12,000 in donations for Chrity!
    3. 52,000 light, 336 Channel and 19,000 feet of extension cords Featuring our: 9600 Light Mega Tree on 96 channels 20 Foot By 20 Foot 6400 Custom Snow Flake Wall on 63 separate channels! 10,000 Custom Fountain of Light made up of : 2 - 4 foot / - 2 - 8 foot / 2 - 12 foot / 2 - 16 foot and 1 center 20 foot tower. Every section has 4 hundred lights (red/white/green/blue) all on separate channels (104!) plus the fountain on the ground! cranburychristmaslights.com
    4. Any chance of you emailing me a couple of your segments. You dont have to let me know what song it is, I am just looking for ideas. Thank you, Keith
    5. We do a Light o rama display for charity (local food banks). This is my first year at attempting a 96 channel mega tree. Would appreciate if anyone is willing to share pieces of their favorite parts of a mega tree sequences to give me ideas of what to do. Any other hints, suggestions or sequence ideas you would like to pass along again would be greatly appreciated! You can email me at [email protected] Thank you! Keith A. Shaw Cranbury NJ
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