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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.

Big Sanch Mafia

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About Big Sanch Mafia

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Santa Barbara
  • Biography
    I like lights!
  • Interests
    Sports and cool lights
  • Occupation
    Insulation Contractor
  • About my display
    This is my 3rd year

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  1. Thanks for the input everyone. With the LEDS brightness most prob couldnt tell the difference. if you guys have any links to your videos so i could see the various light types would be appreciated. Thanks Chad
  2. Hi, Im planning on building my first Mega tree this yr. I will be using LED, what type of bulb do you typically use? I thought C6 would fill the tree out but maybe they are a bit too big. I thought i would open it up for discussion to see what you all thought. Thanks for your time, Chad
  3. awesome, thanks for sharing this great tool and thread
  4. curios to see more pics and hear about your construction... i'm going to build my first mega tree this year.I'm really interested in learning abou the spiral portion of your tree. I hope you can share more. Thanks Chad
  5. Just wanted to see if anyone had a shorter version or maybe did something neat with editing the song? I'd appreciate a copy if you wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks Chad
  6. You are the Hero of the day!! This is a great list and will really help out. Thank you for putting it together and sharing it.
  7. I listened to the electric guitar version.. pretty cool. You got me thinking...
  8. Jingle Rock Anthem is a good one... ppl will die laughing at this one. where did you find it? Ive search amazon, itunes, google....
  9. Thanks everyone for sharing.. this is a big help. I will look into all the songs everyoen has mentioned. Some i have never heard.. which is what i wanted. Thanks again
  10. So I've watched a ton of videos(YouTube and members sigs) trying to find unique Xmas songs to sequence. However I keep hearing the same ones. I've searched amazon as well. So I'm wondering if you guys could give me some ideas of good Xmas sequencing songs? Also wondering if you guys mix in none Xmas music into your shows. I mean I've seen the Gangnam style and party rock but besides those what do you guys use? I appreciate any feedback, ideas and recommendations. Thanks in advance Chad
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