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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    too many, but the main one keeps repeating itself, watching all the happy faces every year as children, and adults enjoy our CHRISTmas displays.
  • Location
    Kingston GA
  • Biography
    60 years young, been doing CHRISTmas dispalys for 15 years,
  • Interests
    ATVs, jeeping, colleciton of over 5,000 antique soda bottles
  • Occupation
    does not matter now, retire in 12 months
  • About my display
    4 acres, driveby, 350+ inflatables, 10,000+ lights, 200 amps and a $800 electric bill each year.

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  1. xenon

    Street light

    I used to work for the local power company, Many times if the light was a problem , we would put a shield on one side, or we would actually disconnect the light until after the holidays or with your style light, would be easy to cover one side of the light
  2. it goes without saying I was at Lowes when the doors opened for 75 % off and bought at least on of each inflatable they had left, I got 10 total did anyone buy the inflatable arch with the projector, reg cost $249 I got one for about $60 was very pleasantly surprised when I opened it and it had a fully functional video projector with spker and remote. plan on using it Christmas just don't know where yet
  3. xenon

    lumen Play

    Well with mixed feelings, and after being burned out on App lights, I took the plunge and bought 30 boxes of LumenPlay lights., cost around $10 a box, each box comes with a starter, but you can connect 10 strings to one connector. several drawbacks, they did away with the programable timer in the app, and you no longer can download your own music to the app, and now it only works on iPhone gen 5 or newer. but over all I am pleased with them hope to post pics soon, just been really really busy like all of yall I am sure. really behind on decorating, but it will come together
  4. What? been working on Christmas 3 weeks😀😀
  5. Sorry have been off line so long, just super busy. I bought a couple sets of Lumen Play lights to put on the house. so far I like what I see, able to control with phone app, set on off time, set light color, sequence, speed, etc.does any one use these or have you had any major issues with them. I have a opportunity to buy them at about $12 per string of 24 about 24' long. only about 1000% better than the old Applights I used to use
  6. My first real attempt at building. carousel will be about 6' tall. have rotation worked out with a two large wooden gears, but really would like to be able to have poser on the carousel. Help?
  7. been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  8. print the spreadsheet and it becomes this
  9. got tired o fusing grid system and projectors to blow up line art and images. for me Microsoft Excel works great. just drop you image into a new cell in a new workbook, stretch it to the size you want, ( page marks will be on screen, I always set page size to letter size) then print. it wil print on multiple pages, get your tape and scissors out, tape it together and you have a full size pattern, a little carbon paper and you are done.
  10. good luck, sure there is a way to do it. looks like you are on the right path
  11. am sure you can put snow in it, but doubt it will blow around. I have almost quit buying any inflatable that has a AC DC adaptor. they just do not hold up and last very long. let us know how it goes
  12. Thanks, I do buy from him too, but usually just wait until clearance or buy Walmart's $14.95 ones and use the blower and or adaptor, trash the fabric
  13. thanks, don't know about the bigger, thou, only one traffic light, its over on the 4 lane road by the speed trap.
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