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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.

Titus

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  • Location
    Nevada, TX
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  • Interests
    Cars, Halloweeen, and Christmas
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    TPM
  • About my display
    10 strands of LightShow color changing LEDs, Red Mini wrapped pillars, multi-color bush nets, 3 light trees, and 3 yard blow-ups.
  1. Thanks Anthony... I am looking forward to accessing lonestarholidays.com... I am currently waiting on my account to be activated! ;-)
  2. I have decided to take the plunge into my first big display with LOR controller(s) for 2012. I am the type of guy that learns best hands on, so I would love to offer up myself for a day of free teardown labor this January for someone in the NE side of the metroplex. I figure someone might like the help, and I could learn some best practices hands on. I live in the Copeville/Nevada area (east side of Lake Lavon) and would be willing to travel up to about 40 minutes to help, so if you are running LOR controllers, want some free labor, and are in Farmersville, Princeton, McKinney, Allan, Plano, Murphy, Sasche, Wylie, Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, etc, let me know. Some background on me: I have been getting more and more into DIY Halloween displays over the last several years, but have been frustrated by the smaller and smaller crowds each year. This year, we had an all time low of 28 ToTs, and I was very disappointed. I told my wife how I was feeling like it wasn't worth all the work getting ready for just one night and have so little people enjoy it. She suggested I put all that energy into Christmas instead, so we could enjoy my work for a whole month. As usual, she is 100% correct. Halloween 2011: I was too late to the show to do much for this Christmas, so I just have about 120 feet of the Gemmy Lightshow color changing C9s, 800 mini lights, and a few blowups. I hope to ditch most of that for next year and plan on starting off fresh with about 6000 LEDs from the MITS group buy and 1 or 2 LOR controllers. The only Christmas 2011 purchase that will see much use in 2012 is the 32' extension ladder I picked up to get the Gemmy's up. Let me know if you can use my help!
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