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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.

kansas49er

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About kansas49er

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    WIth family
  • Location
    USA
  • Biography
    Parent of three, grandparent of 7. Husband of Snowman hoarder.
  • Interests
    Christmas, family
  • Occupation
    Engineer
  • About my display
    Working on it.

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  1. Hey Everyone Wal Mart had some pre lit 3 and 4 ft trees markd down 75%. But they were marked indoor use only. They were really cheap, and I considered using them as accent pieces outside, but did not purchase them because of the "indoor only". ANybody every use these outside, and how did it work out? Thanks
  2. Bought 20 lighted candycanes for 74 cents each. SCORE!!
  3. i will be posting a few pics of my static display soon, but have multiple goals for next year 1) add animation elements while keeping most parts of this years display mostly static 2) Add more color (multicolor strings get a little confusing), so will cut down their usage 3) add at least 3k more lights 4) add one large element 5) add santa and reindeer to roofline
  4. Okay thanks. So how did you secure them to the roof? Wide angle brackets,without physical attachments?
  5. DaveMal585- Not sure I follow you.
  6. I am just wondering how you might set up a rooftop display. My wife wants to add a Santa and Reindeer to our main ridgeline next year. I can't figure out how to secure it without screws into the shingle (a very bad idea). Does anybody have a method they use? or some ideas? Thanks!!
  7. wow. 3 years in? How exciting!! Only made about 8000 lights this year. No animations, but already planning to add another 3 to 7000 lights next year for a total of somwhere between 10 and 15k. It will be a mix of static display, and animated. Kinda small street exposure on the street. I have at least the next 9 months to figure out how it all works, and design the display!!
  8. Very nice!! Something I may try to add, as one of my first animations!!
  9. Okay, really newbie here. So new, I don;t yet have a display!! I am working on a static display with about 10,000 lights. I will be making the rounds of those in the Wichita Kansas area who let me see their work in the daytime, so I can kinda figure out where to go with this. I may try a short animated piece with about 3000 of the 10,000 lights or so planned for the static display. I am just a little leery, not only in getting it done properly, but catching the bug, and not stopping.....ever....I have a habit of sometimes letting my hobbies becoming....well, lifechangers.
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