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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 goldendomejay

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  • Birthday 01/11/1965

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    Noblesville, Indiana, USA
  • Biography
    I'm an unusual hybrid of half IT and half creative. I like to say that i'm a jack of all trades and master of none.
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    Computers, construction, Christmas Lights
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    IT Manager
  • About my display
    We have over 26,000 lights for our display. We've also expanded our FM transmitter hours so we are now broadcasting Christmas music around the neighborhood and online. If you live near, try tuning into 88.3 FM and listen to music, as well as time and temperature announcements when our musical light show isnt playing.

    You can also see us online at ustream.tv. Search for Noblesville Lights or visit here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/noblesville-lights

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  1. I bought an 18' extending fiberglass pole used for painting. I fashioned a hook out of an old paint roller and use that to lift the string (one at a time) onto the hooks on the crown of my mega tree.
  2. Im up on the Far Northeast side of Indy, in Noblesville. I love talking lights, but the wife doesnt quite share my level of interest in it. anytime you want to chat or need someone to offer their opinion, let me know!
  3. How many channels did you run on your garage for each color? It looked like a ton! It looked like you had white, red, and green, right?
  4. North of Noblesville. On 191st street about a mile west of US 37 in Roudebush Woods. We saw a display somewhere in that area that did syncronized music, but cant remember if it's yours or not. Everyone really enjoyed it!
  5. Darn it. I am on vacation that week. Looks like i wont be able to attend. And it's really close to where i live too. Oh well. I'll try and make it next year, i guess.
  6. What kind of presentations are you looking for? How long should they be? Any idea where and when its going to be?
  7. My display made it through the wind this year, but I remember one year that the crown on my mega-tree gave way and dropped all 48 strands of lights. Not a fun time. I feel for everyone who's going throught that.
  8. I might be interested as well. Depending on the timing and amount needed to order.
  9. Where abouts in Westfield? i'm up in Noblesville! small world!
  10. I had minis that were slightly longer than the length i needed, so i formed a loop at the end of the string, and tied a simple square knot just below a light socket. Essentially, just a slip knot that was stopped by a light socket. I just hooked the loop over a hook and tightened and tie-wrapped at the bottom. I've done this with the same strings for 2 years now, and have had heavy wind and snow with no damage at all. If you need more description or pictures, let me know.
  11. Response to Tim's Message: If you still have the humain traps, all you need to do is put an apple cut up with salt on it. I would put money, if I still had any on it. One of the Firefighters I work with, is an increadlible trapper. He put me onto this. My Dad and I have had great luck with using apples with salt on them in our live traps. All you will have to figure out is if you want them with butter or or not. Good Luck trapping!!!! [line] I'll try that next. I've had NO luck with lettuce, carrots, celery, or peanuts (I read somewhere they like nuts) Thanks for the tip!
  12. chuckd wrote: I actually thought of that too. It seemed to work for a time. But then Friday Night at 2:30 am he chewed through the wire and popped a GFI. I though "Great, maybe the little tingle will keep him from doing that any more" Unfortunately when I went out to check, there were 2 other string chewed through after that. Grrr...
  13. TED wrote: This is a very good idea. He seems to have a certain "Lane" he follows when clearing a path through my lights. I might just make a little bunny overpass and let him pass underneath.
  14. That's terribly sad. Looks like a lot of work to clean up. The ice does look pretty on the lights though.
  15. markrvp wrote: :laughing: that is funny! thanks for the poster!
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