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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
    hanging Christmas ornaments, hearing the stories of all of them
  • Location
    Boise ID
  • Biography
    im a guy from boise who is big in the tech theater world
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    Lighting Engineer
  • About my display
    not sure yet, but ill find out
  1. i agree there cool, but the whole entire show is reflected around the mover's.. not the normal strings... it should be vise versa... but that's just me
  2. see, i come from a background of moving heads to, but it's just a little to much... plus it snow's alot so im thinking no mover's... those light's were really cool and programmed really well, but still... i think it's a little much...
  3. hey everyone, this isnt really christmas related... but i think you will all enjoy this since you have the lighting gene. i was watching americas got talent tonight, and this guy came on. he is pretty crazy... there is 1 part towards the end of his act.. when the lighting designer had a strobe come on about once a second. and what the guy on stage was doing was jumping up in the air, to give the illiousion that he was flying across the stage... it was amazing and honsetly i teared up a little bit (probally because of the meds im on right now) but i figured i would share with you fine people here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kuazJ5C328
  4. Hey everyone. So i am planning on doing a display this year, and i have 6 moving head lights... Would useing the moving heads be too much for a display??? one of the ways i look at it is, people want to come see christmas lights rock out to music, not see concert lights rock out to music (even with the christmas lights)... I would love to use them, but i just really dont know right now... im on the fence... anyway thanks for the help - Jake
  5. no way! that's awesome ill have to check out your display this year
  6. you dont have to do a light o rama light system, you can always do a standard DMX 512 system. it's way cheaper and alot better.
  7. Hello all! my name is jake and im new on here, just thought i would take this time to introduce myself and what not. i live in boise idaho, i work at a sport's arena and a performing arts center doing production work for plays/ concerts/ musicals/ hockey games/ basketball games/ you name it. im mostly a light guy but i run the jumbotron at the arena. personally i have a lighting system it consists of 6 moving head lights and a DMX512 system. im looking into getting some backpack dimmers so i can do a hoilday display this year. but im not sure right now. anyway that's a little about me
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