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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.

    Brian Mitchell

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Every Christmas from my childhood.
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      New Hampshire
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      I am alive
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      shiny things
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      2007 Winner in the Light-o-rama Display Contest

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    1. I have an eight foot bumble that I use two seven foot green fence posts to secure. Never have had an issue from winds.
    2. If I was to start over again, I probably would not go with pixels because of the extra programming involved. I do think I would go with dumb RGB lights so I could still have every color that I wanted.
    3. Those are pretty cool looking.
    4. This is from my 2014 Christmas display. Don't Stop the Santa Man is by Rock Sugar. Mitchell's Magic Christmas has 50,000 lights and is controlled by almost 300 channels of Light-o-rama. Visit our website at www.claremontchristmaslights.com
    5. I just hang them from my basement rafters and stack them three or four high. Smaller ones on top of larger ones.
    6. You can save all your burned out bulbs and send them to me. I'm building a dark room. I figure the more burned out bulbs I have, the darker it will be.
    7. What setup would that be?
    8. If it's a showtime controller unplug set unit id to 0 0 plug in for 10 seconds unplug and return id to original setting PC controller unplug pull the jumper off the pins at the upper right of the circuit board plug in for 10 seconds unplug and put jumper back on. (Make sure you get it on the same pins) plug back in.
    9. I guess they thought it was too early to watch Christmas lights. I had a car stay for about a half a song during testing the other night. I don't think they tuned in the music.
    10. Gotta put all them old C9's to use somehow, Bill LOL
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