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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 kingdaddy

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    Newbe, would like to get started creating my own light display
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    animated light display,
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    I dont currently have one
  1. Hey Glenn, Love your empty tomb and all the work you put into it, it looks awesome! If I would have gotten into this thread early on, I would have suggested the thick foam board. The church I attend in Michigan has a huge Christmas show every year called The Glory of Christmas, I have been working behind the scenes for several years helping make the props and sets. You would be amazed at what we do with this foam board, we use it for just about everything, we glue pieces together and carve with a sawzall and a hot knife then use a hand rasp for final shaping before painting. The stuff it sturdy and most importantly light weight, you can pick up a wall with one person and move it around. I too would love to see pictures once you have your display all up and lit in the yard! I know the joy your display will bring to others will be considerable. Keep up the great work, Mike
  2. As mentioned, this was my first year with my manager, had a good friend help create Mary and Joseph, his wife did the customes. The actual stall game from a 110 year old bard that we dismanteled for a local senior. We were able to save the stall and reassemble it in my yard.
  3. Very nice, love it! I did my first ever manager this year and want to improve on it next year with the animals. Where did you get your animals?
  4. How long did it take you to wrap the base of your tree, how big is it?
  5. Very nice Neil, love the classics. Do you mind my asking how many mini trees in your front tree line? They look to be about 4' tall? And the smaller mini trees along the back next to the house? Enjoyed your show! Mike
  6. That's a totally bummer they have your lap top and are not returning your calls or emails........
  7. I have been pricing the rental lifts, they are running about $240 a day for the tow behind ones. The nicer lifts that you can drive around the tree are a bit more, but they have to deliver them to your location for about another $200 and that puts them out of my price range. I would not hesitate to begin wrapping the big oak tree but I do not think I have enough lights to do the trick. My 100 count strings are 22' long and wouldnt even wrap the big base of this tree two times. By the time I figure wrapping the good majority of the tree I think I would be well over 150 strands of a single color. I was thinking of using an arch style approach, but instead of bending a 20' piece of PVC into an arch, I thought I might try leaving it straight and place it right up the front of the tree, then I could have the lights run up and down the tree. I would still light the spruce in a traditional fashion, and hold off wrapping the big oak until I buy more light strands after christmas. Thanks for the feedback, Mike
  8. I have noticed many people have a limited number of natural elements they can decorate in their yards so they have to add things like mini trees, or mega trees. Well I have two real mega trees that I would love to light. One is a very large oak tree that measures 13 feet around the base with very large branches that would look awesome wrapped up into the canopies. The other is a 30 foot spruce tree that is easily 20+ feet around. I would love to light both these trees and wonder if any of you have some experience doing this. This is my first year lighting the outside of this house. I live on a corner so people will be able to see my yard from the front, back and one side. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Mike
  9. I would like to meet after this season is over, I am going crazy right now trying to get it all done before my family arrives in Michigan for Thanksgiving!
  10. I would love to hear more about what you have!
  11. I would love to attend and learn more from all of you, I am so new to this but working hard to pull it off for 2012. In future years I would even be interested in helping out with the planning and stuff!
  12. Okay, I am an extreme Newbie, but committed to this animated lighting effort. I noticed the link posted above to the TSO free sequence provided by LOR, I downloaded it and had already purchased the MP3 online. So I have the sequence, and I went in to edit the media file to associate the correct song and went to play it, but the song and the sequence seems to be off by several seconds. Other than cutting out timing, is there a way to sync up the song to the sequence....help! Thanks, Mike
  13. Hello Friends, I have been searching high and low for a reasonable price on SPT wire, and I think I have found the most affordable wire out there. I just bought a 1000' roll of SPT1-18/2 for $92, thats only 9.2 cents a foot. I am used to seeing 1000' rolls for $130 and up. Check out AWC, thats Allied Wire and Cable. You won't find the prices displayed on their web site, and that may be why I have never heard anyone talking about them before. I went through the process of requesting a quote from their site, and within an hour a recieved a phone call from a very nice lady by the name of Debby, she hooked me up! So if your looking for SPT wire, its worth going through the quote process at ACW. Peace Out, KingDaddy
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