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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.

JoeS

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About JoeS

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  • Birthday 07/13/1958

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    Glendale, CA
  • Biography
    I love to manipulate things...puppets, food, cards, and oh yeah...people...but in a good way!
  • Interests
    Cooking, puppetry, magic, and holidays
  • Occupation
    Human Resources
  • About my display
    2011 - 32 channels

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  1. JoeS

    Feel Horrible

    My favorite story was of a panhandler at my local grocery store. He was at the entrance asking for a couple of bucks to buy bread & bologna. I refused. When I got into the checkout line, there he was in front of me with a quart of beer and holding some dollar bills. All of the sudden, this little old lady shoved me aside, snatched the dollar bills out the mans hand, and said loudly "You said this was for bread & bologna, you liar!" Everyone in line applauded.
  2. I put mine up using shingle clips I bought from Sychronized Christmas (www.synchronizedchristmas.com). They keep my CCB's about 2-3" above the roofline which is great for me, but probably not enough to get them above the snow for you.
  3. I can't believe how fast this year is going. I'm spending the holiday weekend working on new frames for around the windows. As Christmasjunkie said, here we go!
  4. Welcome to the madness Jake. We look forward to having you on the forum.
  5. I used clear C7 incan bulbs on sockets that are made for inserting in the back of little holiday village buildings. Got them at Dollar Tree. They have a spring clip around the socket that hold them firmly in place in holes I drilled into the back side of each pumpkin. I plan to upgrade to LED retrofit bulbs.
  6. Great arch PumpkinKing! Much bigger than mine. I did an internet search for most of the designs I used. Your photo looks familiar. How many pumpkins are on your arch?
  7. This year I have thought about putting my RGB lights on the roofline and around the windows in mid-October. That way I can use them for Halloween (orange, purple, etc) and they will already be in place for Christmas.
  8. I made a wood frame, attached luan to it, and then mounted all of the pumpkins with bolts, washers and wing nuts. Once I had them all in place, I drew an outline around the pumpkins, removed them, and then cut away the visible luan. I painted the frame and luan black, remounted the pumpkins, and hooked all of the lights up. It all comes apart easily, including the frame & luan, and packs flat (except for the pumpkins of course). Everything is numbered so it is a breeze to reassemble. I built it over a weekend plus a couple of weeknights. The carving of the 22 pumpkins took the bulk of the time.
  9. Thanks Valerie. Yes, I used a hot knife for carving. Each one is individually lit as well. Here is a photo of the arch at night. Sorry it is not very clear.
  10. Here is a daytime view of the arch I made last year out of Funkins. I bought them when they were put on sale in late September at Michaels.
  11. JoeS

    Cdi Summer Sale

    Received my lights today. Thanks Paul. You rock!!
  12. Great coverage. I saw one of the segments in the hotel room this morning before I left for the Expo.
  13. Tony Check with Dan at the LOR booth. He is extending the sale for expo attendees only.
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