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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.

zanclus

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    when my daughter was around 5 years old we heated our home with a wood stove . On Christmas eve I sprinkled ashes on the floor from the stove to the tree. I then made footprints ith my boots to make it lok like Santa came down the chimmeny. When she woke her 1st remark was how did santa get back, I forgot to make prints back to the stove......
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    Groton NY
  • Biography
    I am married nd am a chef/ caterer
  • Interests
    marine aquaria and christmas lights
  • Occupation
    chef
  • About my display
    i have
    3 channels and lots of llights
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  2. Hi I have an Sandevices E682 board that Jim was so kind to replace after I had a board go p in smoke all of a sudden. What I world like to do is be able to run the board off a computer that will not be on my home network . I have the E682 set at the moment to a IP that falls within my routers IP range so I could test it , and everything works just fine. All pixel strings run exactly as I want them. I would like to connect the Board to my Desktop which is not connected to the internet and run it from that computer. Can someone please explain what I must do to get it configured? My desktop has no Wifi , just an Ethernet port and is impossible to access the router from my workshop. it is running windows 7, 64 bit. Thanks for any insight on this.
  3. I cant DL the phoros without the software my computer doesn't have an sd. Slot either
  4. Hi I have a Kodak Easyshare camera but lost the software disc t it . Does anyone happen to have the software and would be wiling to share it with me. I tried to DL it from Kodak nad they don't have it any longer on their website.... Thanks Zanxclus
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  6. Have we become so lazy that we need to spend our hard earned money on such a silly item? Its noyt like opening our control boxes is a hard thing to do and as for me once I hae them in place and set up I don't have a reason to open them will tear down .....
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  8. Greetings everyone I am from Groton NY , which is nestled between Cortland and Ithaca ....
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