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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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  • Location
    salt lake city utah
  • Biography
    Not much to say just enjoying the dream
  • Interests
    Anything outside, camping, atv's, rockcrawling, fishin with my little girl, and lots of family time, love lights and have startehanging them for people on the side when not working on myown
  • Occupation
    easier to say what i dont do
  • About my display
    Just starting to get into the addiction, 32,000 lights, lots of handmade stuff, want to be the crazy light guy everyone talks about
  1. I used somewhat same method as Paul D, except I used a T post and ran a u-bolt around it and through the unistrut, they have the nuts on springs for unistruts to run bolts through, bolted the controller to that, so only way to access any bolts to undo contoller is by cutting lock on cover to get inside, then need tools to loosen up, need a truck to pull T-post out of ground, so that's not going anywhere, by then my yard sensors have gon off and there better be a good reasomn for being in yard
  2. Can't see your display, pic won't come up so I don't know if this is out of question but I have shepard hooks with lights hanging fromthem as kind of a makeshift fence, also doesn't make it so easy for people to wonder intto your display, alos did one of the northpoles out of pvc and striped it, looks awsome when done
  3. This is the first year we have collected for a charity, a close family friend has a beautiful 2 year old girl with down syndrome, so we are collecting for the utah down syndrome foundation, didn't think about contacting them but didn't think it would be a good deal, maybe will call them on Monday, think the hardest part was comin up with way it would be secure, ended up buying a big lockable mailbox and welded 1/4 inch thick steel base and a steel tube to box so I can run cable through it and around my tree, sos far so good and everyone has left it alone, about $100 so far this season
  4. Looks good, I have the same sled and reindeer flying over my driveway, if you want the rudoph on front I just wired in a regular light bulb socket and screwed it to the nose and put in the brightest red bulb I could find, I would stay away from runnin somethin over road if it was me, I would put it at front of driveway
  5. Rab would love for you to come by, you won't be dissapointed, my street is wakefield way(5900 west off of 6200 south) also heard santa supposed to be here around 7:30
  6. Well hello to you, also in utah, west jordan to be exact, let me know if. Your ever in the area, static display but it won't disapoint, little over 32,000 lights and a 20' inflatable snowman and a lot of handmade decore
  7. Was hangin out tonight and to our surprise a huge group of carolers came to the door, this is first time this has happened, but loved it, love this time of year, best part they all complimented on display, gonna try LOR next year
  8. They were just kids, probly about 10 or so, the ones who slashed my snowman were much older, so tired ofhavin stress about displays, I do try to stay on posative side, had a cop stop last night and thank me for everything and said how much his family loves them, everyone one has been wonderfull and helpfull, guess that's what keeps me going
  9. So just came home from work and I was watching everything turn on out my window when I see about 5 kids standing directly infront of yard, ever get that feeling that someone is up to no good, I've got about 30 shepard hooks around my perimeter of yard with lights hangin from them so its not just a free for all to walk in, so watching these darling little angels when the first one darts under lights an runs up to my santa sleigh and proceeds to make obscene gestures at him, out the door I went and all they could say was sorry, I just want to rip all of there hair out, never had any trouble till this year and it is getting old fast, I did point out all the cameras to theem and all they could do was give a dumb look
  10. So just came home from work and I was watching everything turn on out my window when I see about 5 kids standing directly infront of yard, ever get that feeling that someone is up to no good, I've got about 30 shepard hooks around my perimeter of yard with lights hangin from them so its not just a free for all to walk in, so watching these darling little angels when the first one darts under lights an runs up to my santa sleigh and proceeds to make obscene gestures at him, out the door I went and all they could say was sorry, I just want to rip all of there hair out, never had any trouble till this year and it is getting old fast, I did point out all the cameras to theem and all they could do was give a dumb look
  11. I've posted a sign in my yard describing what happened to my inflatable and please have a heart and that a lot of time and money was invested, I now have cameras but don't want to advertise about them causei figure 3 things,1-they leave it alone, 2- they become more determined cause its now a challenge and really wreck things, 3- they wear. A ski mask and a camera does no good
  12. I've allways thought about trip lines plus layin a piece of plywood with sheet rock screws through it, that way you know when someone is somewhere they shouldn't be, but sad thing is is that I would be the one to get sued
  13. This just sucks, we've never had a problem with vandals till this year, I ordered a 20' inflateable snowman last year and just got him about 3 weeks ago, put him up day before thanksgiving, but didn't turn on till thanksgiving, then next night someone slashed him, spent 3 1/2 hours that night sewing him up just to prove that they wouldn't ruin christmas spirit, took everything I had not to take everything down, no whave a bunch of cameras plus put a sign in front yard describing the 2 boys and car they were seen driving away in and pleading with everyone to please have a heart and leave all of displays alone
  14. I use binder paper clips around my windows, just clip it to the lights and to the j channellaround your windows, holds perfect and is easy to take down and causes no damage, all of my lights are double stranded and have never fallen down
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