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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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  1. Looking to buy or trade for about 3500 Green 5mm lights (button style). 70 boxes of 50ct would be best but I will consider anything. I have lots of other LED colors and styles if interested in trading. (Not looking to sell my inventory) If interested PM me or email: westernmallchristmas at yahoo dot com. Thanks Joe
  2. Wow...little transposition problem here... I am looking for 5MM lights, not M5... I want the little button style ones. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks
  3. As it says, I have more than enough Cool White and Blue M5 LED lights, but am lacking on Green and Red of the same. Willing to over-trade to get what I need. Let me know what you have available. You can PM here or email westernmallchristmas at yahoo dot com Thanks
  4. OK, still available. How's $1,000 shipped sound?
  5. Tentatively Sold... Will update when for sure.
  6. We moved away from our old house, and as such, my light show is moving as well. It will now be in a commercial location! The other house that was linked up to mine will not be doing their own show, so they are looking to sell their controllers. They have four (4) LOR1602W controllers. They have been used two seasons, and I've always been the guy configuring them, setting them up, etc. They are looking to move them all for $1,000 all to go. If you were to order these new right now, it would cost you $1,320 plus tax and shipping, so not a bad deal. They really don't know anything about this stuff, so they asked if I would list and handle the sale. If you're interested, you can PM, but best bet is to email [email protected] Thanks
  7. Sorry... I should catch up on emails. I usually try to do so every couple of weeks. Jeff alerted me to this thread today, so I thought I'd reply this way. I have a whole thread dedicated to those starts here: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/29530-My-Firework-Shooting-Stars-More-info-on-them Let me know if this doesn't answer all of your questions. Thanks!
  8. I am thinking the same thing. My reindeer pretty much are buried with the exception of their antlers. I suspect a busy Saturday / Sunday of trying to dig out to make some of it at least visible.....
  9. I should go buy some stuff!!! Oh wait...everything around here is already gone...
  10. Doh! Forgot to enter...rats. Oh well, guess there's always the LOR contest.
  11. Nah, people that live there come in from a different direction, so save for the occasional blocked driveway or intersection, they are mostly unaffected. As for how many can see the show at a time, it's a little difficult to explain... While waiting in line you will see 2 or 3 songs on my house from the side, then two or three songs of a neighbors house on the cul-de-sac who's linked into our show, and then two or three from the front of mine. Most are ready to leave by then anyway.
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