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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.

    C. McGough

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      Olympia, Washington, USA
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      family time, christmas lights, transformer toys
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    1. The Lights at Ken Lake has partnered with http://manplusguitar.com/to bring you this song. My 8 year old daughter Lilly May is singing and Brian of man+guitar is playing guitar and singing background. A The Lights at Ken Lake original. Please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLightsAtKenLake www.thelightsatkenlake.com
    2. Please check out and like our Facebook page for even more info and videos. https://www.facebook.com/TheLightsAtKenLake www.thelightsatkenlake.com
    3. From The Lights at Ken Lake's 2014 show comes In Summer from Olaf. In summer sequenced to 1000's of lights using 208 channels of LOR. Please like us on facebook for even more videos: https://www.facebook.com/TheLightsAtKenLake www.thelightsatkenlake.com
    4. This is an amazing Light sequence, definitely the most energetic in our 2014 show. I like to say this one is the grand finale. 208 channels of Light-O-Rama. The full display features around 40,000 lights. Half of the display is synchronized to music and half is static.
    5. Nice job on the fountain!! That was awesome. Love the song choice.:waycool:
    6. I'll email you the picture's. Also I'll attach a close-up picture to this thread. If you look in the top left and bottom right of the picture you can see the bulbs, and how their attached. Hope this helps.
    7. Hello Tim, The dough-nuts are just strands of lights wrapped around the inside of the tree. All I did was put bulbs of the horizontal strands (red) inside the strands of the Vertical strands (clear). It was very time consuming, but the end result was great.You could just use zip ties too. I will email you a couple pictures. Hope this helps Chris
    8. I ran my display until the second of January. I wanted to have some fun with some other songs so we started advertising an after Christmas show during Christmas. The show featured 3 different songs. We got lots of returned people and kept collecting for the food bank until New Years. It was a lot of fun and people really enjoyed the variety. You can view an after Christmas song here, on my cousins web site. http://web.mac.com/lifetimesproductions/iWeb/Site/McGough%20Light%20Show2.html this song is Explosive by Bond. You will need Quicktime to watch the video. Chris
    9. Thank you for all your help. I decided to order some blue chasers. Thanks to this post I found two places to buy them. I really like using just the blue chasers it makes the scene a little more serene. I use white chasers at the bottom of the waterfall. I tried some sleeves over the lights, but the blue plastic sleeves didn't let a lot of light through. I also tried the regular paint, it was too think and didn't let the light through. ( I know now I should have used stained glass paint or something for glass.) Thank you all so much. Here's a picture of thewaterfallfrom last year (if it wor
    10. Someone emailed me this link http://www.treeforest.com/Lights.html They are not advertised here, but they seem legit. Has anyone ordered from them?
    11. I will look into the paint you mentioned. Last year I tried spray painting them; but the paint was too think, so the light barely showed threw them I had to scrtch some paint off just to get light threw them. I will also check the link Martha gave me. Thank you for the help.:happytree:
    12. Three years agoI started having this A frame waterfall I made of lights for my display. Most of the lights are stationary, butI had some blue chasing lights in it I had purchased at Target. Every year some of these chasing lights need to be replaced because the control boxes or light strands never make it all the way through the wet season. I wasn't able to buy these lights last year all I could find was chasing white and multi. I had to resort to taking the red and green out of several strands of a multi and replacing it with blue. I have searched many of the vendors that are listed on th
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