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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 RaZZlo

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    1st Year with LOR.... :-)

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  1. Our lights went live last night... Mainly because as we loose a weekend this year, I was determined to get the extra week... Also allows for testing and tweaks... It was worth it. I am a traditionalist by nature, i.e. starting on Thanksgiving... However my wife and neighbors kept harrassing me to start the show... SO.. I must comply... :-)
  2. This topic has been covered extensively... The WHT is basically useless, although some have had luck with it. The issue is that it is the only "FCC Legal" transmitter out of the box... But hence lies the issue... Based on many learned folks on this forums reviewes, there are basically 2 transmitters worth their salt... The Ramsey FM30B and the EDM LCD-CS-EP. I ordered the EDM. It is sold as a "kit"... basically soldering 3 connections, taking all of 5 minutes... I turned on the transmitter, set my local station, and it just works... Transmission out of the box is about 1/4 mile and clear !!!. In fact, it saved me from having to run speaker cable 100 Ft. I have a portable boombox, (RockBlocker) in the center of my yard tuned to the station. No static whatsoever... At this point of the season, you can make some mods to the WHT (again, search the forums).. to allow it to work... But I would reccommend making the investment for next year with one of the 2 above... Have fun... FYI, Lights on was last night at 1730 Hours and already had foot and car traffic... :-)
  3. Definitely cleaner is better. And you can always do more with less... The problem with every space filled with something is that people tend to loose attention pretty quickly. I have been doing lights for many years, but only the past 2 years have done LOR. Even with that, some feedback I received was that blinky-flashy was good.... to a point... That is why I incorporate slower / traditinal songs in the display to break up the "BAM" factor... And I don't do blow molds or inflatables... Just my preference... And I am greatful for those on this forum willing to share thier thoughts and ideas.
  4. I added additional elements this year, so re-used about 1/2 of last years and updated. Sometimes this actually takes longer than new ones... : So out of 20 songs, about 10 are prior ones.... : Besides, the wife likes to say... "That would be a GREAT song to do.... Hunny...
  5. Spent Saturday checking out who has their Christmas/Holiday items already on Display. Lowes was putting up their displays and lights were already on the shelves. Big Lots had their displays almost completed as well. Anyone else ?
  6. Hmm... Just thought i would try again... Anyone ?
  7. I have a "Gumdrop" Snowman I purchased from Sams a couple of years back. It is 48" tall and is a wireframe with a plastic overlay, 150 LED lights. I am looking for a Santa that is the same type but cannot find one. Preferably as close to the Santa from "Rudolph" but am not picky. Anyone seen anything like this in a Santa ? Here is a link to what the snowman looks like... http://www.samsclub.com/sams/48-gumdrop-snowman/prod3920330.ip Thanks.
  8. FYI, I use small plastic food containers. Cut a notch on tope of each side of the contanier, put the connector in the container and put on the lid. Have had several rains and no issues, not even condensation in the container.
  9. Agree with everyone else... I had to take time off after a bad accident... Sold everything... Now I can start again, and have to start from scratch.... Take a break and relax... :-)
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