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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 cameron.patterson

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  • Birthday 07/02/1971

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  1. I have a santa hat full of candy canes which we hand out I hang outside making sure stuff is running right and trying to keep some people off my yard. Some cultures think its there right to wander all over my yard and take photos with there kids and my air blown figures and the santa house I built. Even with the high voltage signs everywhere. one guy argued with me one night as I watched his kids tripping over guide ropes and extensions leads I dont mind them takingphotos but I would rather me lead them viaa safe route I set the yard out I know whereeverything is you know they will moan like crap and try and shut me down when there kids get 240 volts thru there body
  2. Christmas lights is like painting lights are the paint the house is the canvas its not always how much you spend on lights but how wisely you spendyour money on the lightsand where you place the lights on your house sometimes less is more Anyway I think most people get the biggest excitementfrom the bargins they find afterchristmas day I know I have spent the last couple of weekends looking for post holidays wants at the right price
  3. Im looking for some icicle lights made from mini lights or leds I dont want those hanging 3-4 inch hanging icicles . Want to hang them from guttering in NZ you could buy some that could connect strings together and I dont want those dam 8 way controllers can anyone help
  4. Hello i moved from Auckland , NZ to Adelaide Aus couple months ago . Ishipped all my display over from NZ I was expecting somestunning displays .. Idrove to loberthal for the Lights of Loberthal last night there was nothing stunning there I didnt put anything on my house this year 1 because im renting 2 because i was scared my display wouldnt measure up The displays in NZ are lightyears ahead of what Adelaide has on offer And its not like stuffs expensive either I was at one shop selling display equipment there where selling a 12 ft air blown santa for $100 aus ( $60usd) I have been out shopping for next year All the lights for sale come with the 8 way controllerthere was nostatic lights what so ever After the drive home from Loberthol last night my girlfriend and I decided to buy a house here asap so we can start on our christmas 2007 display plans underway I know your not reallysurpose to bash on peoples displays and I dont like to but I an really disappointed in whats onshow in Adelaide
  5. I did a letterbox last year for the first time we got about 30 letters for Santa It was so effective i will be doing it again I wrote my own letterand printed them onnice paperand hand delivered after midnight with a candy cane.Most of the letters I got where within 10 min drive from my house I moved countries So i will have to build a new letterbox I made this one out of MDF and painted it red took about 30 min I was hoping to get 3 years out of it It had to go to the dump
  6. I dont want to create work for someone why not do a electronic magazine pdf format people could write stuff and submit it then it only requires someone to compile it
  7. I would be happy to do new productarticle so every company out there send me lights light rope blow moulds blows and and anything else xmas so I can test it in my front yard around december this yr :]
  8. My power company in New Zealand gives me a rebate about October every yearthey credit it to me I pay my bill till dec so I can use my rebate to pay for the extra power i use over nov dec
  9. Anyone built or has plans for a small wooden sleigh something a up to 8-9 yr old could sit in I want to build one any help would be appreciated :waycool:
  10. ok taking in what loftus said blow mould figures filled with cement or even sand sure make a far dent in a car and the sand or cement stops them from blowing over in the wind just thinking of a few country people i know who use to do it to letter boxes that people tried to destroy
  11. I was just reading your post and I had a though what about road spikes in your yard even if the donut munchers dont want to do anything at leastthe idiot has to buy new tires alsoput flyers up in your neighbourhood have you seen this car and explain why get to him in other ways good luck
  12. these are 24 volts i might just run 12volts thru them and see if they light up and post my findings in the intrests of christmas lighting its a shame to throw away good lights from the stake of a dead controller
  13. I have some lights that have water has gotten into the controller heres a pic of the conter in bits how can I make these static anyone got any ideas i would rather do this than toss them out
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