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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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About Camper1972

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    http://next year!

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Happy Decorating !
  • Location
    Poland, Maine
  • Biography
    Professional Chef, Culinary Educator. Widowed, dog owner,
    Decorating just because my wifes birthday used to be 12/2 and all the lights had to be on for that. even though I'm alone now, kids all grown and without any grandchildren to spoil, its my reason to donate to the power Co. and annoy the neighbors. 30,000 dancing LED's and counting.
  • Interests

    Chocolate & candy making, Cake Decorating, (my little girl)
    she's an 85lb pitbull that thinks she's alap dog. well not really, she has no idea she's a dog!
  • Occupation
    College,Culinary Arts instructor
  • About my display
    just starting to animate, first year with all leds, (anyone need acouple ahundred sets of incadecesents?) have no idea
    what i've spent on leds the last couple of years not that much really, but this years dec light bill only went up $16. so I've already paced the order for 200 mor strings for next years arches and mega tree!

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  1. I know we live in a crazy competitive world, But, Is there some great Grand Prize I don't know about that goes to the First Crazy Christmas Light Decorator that invest$ a Million Dollar$ in their Display? LOL Keep up the Good Work
  2. Nobody is going to make money selling inventory at 75 - 90% off..................
  3. ATTENTION !!! Got an email from Home Depot This AM 1/22 Vampire Plugs are back in stock for Delivery now through early February Available On Line Only spt1 and wire all three versions of the vamps are available Male, female and female in line 45.00 / 100 w/ FREE Shipping If you need these get them soon, as they are usually NOT available year round....
  4. Try signing up for automatic bidding, and set your max bid as high as you can go for that item ! it really sucks to loose out at the last minute for a $1
  5. Don't forget, LED's require only 10% of the power that incan. require. So if your building new LED's and RGB's are the way to go. a 50.00 light bill will look a lot better than a $300.00 one in January after the show is over.
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    Jorge, glad YOU asked first. I've been waiting all day, hoping I wasn't the only one that didn't know! although I think I read about them on here some time ago, as in controlling shutting off of led lights under control by LOR.
  7. The selection at our 2 local Wally Worlds was so bad this year I didn't buy any lights. The 50 ct led's were 10.99 ea. that's No Bargain I can Buy 100 ct from many PC vendors, in the 15 to 22 range and have quality lights that are sealed, and wiil light when the program starts and not have to repair them every time it rains or they move because the wind blew. If I have to revert to buying cheap Walmart lights, I quess the display is getting too big and I better call it Quits!
  8. Not exactly the cheapest way to go ! If you have and DIY skills you can make your own leaping arches for less than $50.00 each. their price is $375.oo ea. and you still need a controller, software and sequences to make it work not to mention 100's to 1000's of feet of extension cords to go with all of the pieces included in the pkg. Pre-programmed sequences are available direct from Light O Rama and on ebay as well as from WoW Lights and the prices are all over the place depending on the complexity of the songs and # of channels This is a wonderful Hobby, BUT IT IS NOT, just Plug and Play. @ 128 channels fiqure on adding at least 6000 feet of extension cords to the lights you already have and each one of those controllers can only handle 30 amps that's not many incandescent c9's
  9. that article is in the Dec. 2011 issue go to planetchristmas.com click on magazine then on latest available issue then December 2011. all of those old issues are a wealth of information.
  10. The same is done to the lights at Rockafeller Center. { All New Every Year !} If you had the chance to read the article in PC Magazine on the Disney Lights, that article stated that the lights are destroyed because of the UV damage to the small wires from setting in the Florida Sun for nearly 2 months not to mention the labor involved in taking them down and storing them. I cried at just the thought of all those lights being destroyed
  11. NOW ! is the only time you can get those red & Blue strings you need for the July 4th display, I haven't done Easter yet, we usually still have snow on the ground here in Maine in March and the rebars from Christmas are still frozen in the ground. But Pink, yellow, blue and green Lights are in the Future for the Next Easter in April. Halloween and Thanksgiving are already covered Orange & Purple for Halloween along w/ additional yellow and green for thanks giving w/ plain foam pumpkins and corn stalks
  12. WELL SAID ! but I love my LOL, Merry Christmas
  13. and slow down those movements. currently recovering from scene sickness" otherwise the yard looks great in the first scene
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