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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 Torqumada286

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    • Birthday 10/07/1969

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      Martinez, GA
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      Over 4000 lights controlled by a Mister Christmas system.

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    1. Superstition by Stevie Wonder Spooky by the Classics IV She's Not There by The Zombies Torqumada
    2. How long are those connecting pieces up top? Torqumada
    3. I have the plans that he used. Did you make the diameter of the rings 1/2 of what he used on his? Torqumada
    4. Thank you. That helps a great deal. Did I understand you correctly in that you used 32 channels per tree? (8 channels per color, 4 colors per tree).
    5. I am looking at 4 foot mini spiral trees as well. You got 1.5 times around before you reached the bottom? Do you have any pictures? What size PVC did you use? Torqumada
    6. Anyone have anything up and running right now? My wife and I will be in Columbia tomorrow night for the TSO concert and if there is anything to see in the area, wouldn't mind stopping by. Torqumada
    7. I've actually got the same problem. The terrain goes up from right to left looking at my house. I tried to compensate, but didn't succeed with my arch. Torqumada
    8. Just realized your arch isn't square. One side is higher than the other. Still, it looks good. I don't bury mine. I have 80 pounds of concrete in the legs helping to hold it down. Torqumada
    9. Over the entire street? You might run into problems with the local government with that. Torqumada
    10. My structure for my driveway arch is similar in structure, but only one arch instead of the second. Do you find the second arch adds stability? I, too, use 2" PVC. Torqumada
    11. I found these at Big Lots today. They are 18 inches high. They might fit the bill. Torqumada
    12. That's interesting. You got two guys who live just a few miles away from eaach other, who have never met, who contributed to your display. I need to get a couple of those trees. Torqumada
    13. Oh well. Guess I'll have to wait until Christmas. :-) That's two shows I know of in your area, Mister Fields on Warren road, a new guy off of Flowing Wells in Martinez and me. Am I missing anyone else? Torqumada
    14. Obviously. Will your show still be running Saturday night? I work that side of the county and can stop by and see it. Torqumada
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