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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.

speedyken

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    Belgium
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    i am a technician, live in Belgium,i have 4 kids and a loving wife and we LOVE christmas
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    no hobbies until i found this webpage :)
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    communications technician
  • About my display
    don't have any yet but my goal is to put my first display on christmas 2012

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  1. Thriller Gangnam style Thunderstruck Ghostbusters
  2. Hi Steve, We've also received a lot of media this year (newspaper and even national television) and it was fun and also attracted a lot of people from all over the country to our show. Now i must say that here in Belgium lights on music is completely new to most people so the show got a lot of attention and positive comments. This is the commercial on national television : Now for my opinion on the message you've received, i think they come pretty late with that. Christmas has allready past and newyears eve is only one day away. Also it's weird that the writer "for some reason" contacts you personally and not from his work, but offcourse he can also have a correct reason for that. One little advice. Tell them in advance you want to tell YOUR story and NOT the story they want to bring ;-) Have had an experience with another national television when they've did our halloween show and it was a very bad experience. They told me what i must say during the interview and afterwards when i watched it on television a felth bad and told myself i will never ever allow any local television that again. Hope this helps ;-) Oh, almost forgot, the television station sended us the mp4 for free without charges ;-)
  3. Thanks, that was the one i was looking for
  4. Hi, Last year i saw a video on youtube where almost every house in that street was decorated with christmas lights AND syncronized with LOR on 1 computer. I can't seem to find the video anymore and don't have any information to find it on google or youtube. I'm pretty sure it was a street in the US. Maybe any of you guys know where i can find the video? Greets, Gunther
  5. yeah, i know Jonnyci Does anybody know if this also happens if i should post it on vimeo?
  6. Thanks Chuck, means a lot to me, thank you very much ;-)
  7. So this is one movie of the completed display where you can see the tunnel, sequenced together with the rest of the display
  8. Lol JHolmes, maybe you can add it next year For myself i'm thinking of adding 16 channels to it next year, 8 blue and 8 red channels. Our visitors love it to walk under the lights so i'm glad i've added it to this year's display
  9. Meer dan 40.000 lichtjes, gesyncroniseerd op leuke kerstmuziek via 80 computergestuurde kanalen. Te bezichtigen tot en met 5 januari 2014 in Aalst, Horebekeveld 6. Meer info op www.facebook.com/AalstersKerstlichtje.
  10. Meer dan 40.000 lichtjes, gesyncroniseerd op leuke kerstmuziek via 80 computergestuurde kanalen. Te bezichtigen tot en met 5 januari 2014 in Aalst, Horebekeveld 6. Meer info op www.facebook.com/AalstersKerstlichtje.
  11. Offcourse, no problem John, just drop me your email and i send them asap ;-)
  12. Hello friends, Last friday we had the official start of our 2 year with LOR. Lot's of people came to visit us as we also had a famous person here that first did sing a couple songs and then made the countdown from 10 to open the lightshow. Here's the video of it, hope you all like it :-)
  13. Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Really enjoyed reading them.
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