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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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    jfelix last won the day on October 29 2017

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    About jfelix

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    • Birthday 08/03/1975

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      Dallas, Georgia, USA
    • Biography
      I was born in Western, PA and moved to Gergia in 1999. I am married to a wonderful woman named Jenny and we have three kids, Joe, Abbie, and Mary Beth.
      I got into decorating as a child thanks to my grandmother and mother. We always had lights, nothing over the top though. I always wanted a great display and now my house is the one everybody comes to see and I love it.
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      Christmas Decorating, weightlifting,football, coaching, and family
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      School Teacher
    • About my display
      In 08 our plan is around 70,000 lights and so far 112 channels of LOR. We have 2 mega trees, 32 mini trees, LEDs, mini lights, you name it. We also have the peanuts gang and a singing Elton John and a nativity that has been in my family for 30 years. I hope to add more as the year goes on.

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    1. stumbled across one of your post, as close as we are near Cartersville, I do hope to make it over to see your display this year,  we do a display in Kingston, between Cartersville and Rome

    2. Hi, I am currently in Chicago and cant text on my phone can only do email when in WiFi range.



    3. FM transmitter. Are your lights animated? If so just add it in. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk
    4. Linus telling the story to Charlie Brown here too. Perfecto. Tim Fischer was the first I saw with it and it was great. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk
    5. I've always used candy canes but that is a low estimate. I like the trail can idea. I've often wondered only because we have so many people that come to see the house. And of course it is always a question we get asked. For me I'd love to know just for the fun of it if nothing else. I grow or shrink because I choose to and for our visitors. But I do it more for my own selfish reasons. Lol. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    6. On wood you shouldn't med clear but on the coro depending on the paint you use the clear might be necessary. We had to clear ours because of the paint we used on it. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    7. We have some. I used coro because I thought it would last longer than plywood. They both have their pluses and minuses. If you go with coro make sure you clear coat just as you would plywood. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    8. Garden Ridge is always one of the first. Haven't been to a Walmart in a while though. Late September seems about right. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    9. Controllers are spoken for as of now. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    10. Selling a couple of controllers. They are LOR PC 16 V1 boards. I do have at least one newer V board as well. I have used them in my display the last few years. They have the high powered great sinks and are in good working order. Asking $150 each OBO plus shipping. Send me a message if interested. Things will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    11. Can't believe this thread is up and running again. I think I started it last year. I'm not sure what we're doing this year. I do not foresee our big show this year. Since I have kids we will put up lights and I may just do animation with background music but no show. It has been a very stressful few months for my wife and I so no show will be helpful. Plus last year the cops came as we were blocking up a main road. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    12. Jealous. Looks great. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    13. I started with 32 channels way back in 2006. It was fairly easy to learn and sequence up. Then I built up from there to about 300 channels. I built each year until I got to where I am now. I do know those who jumped in and went straight to 100's of channels. I couldn't imagine doing that. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
    14. Looks great. Very creative and different. Looks like it could have jumped off the pushes of a Dr. Seuss book. Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
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