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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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  1. Tim I will second that about the video where did you find the telescopeing flag pole ?? I will be doing my first display this year and would love to do a tree like that since this will be my very first ever for the computerized lights display hope I dont goof when I start the programming of the lights to music sorry for that will this also work with a fixed flagpole ?? havent decided which way to go yet and any pointers would be great for me
  2. Tom they already think that I still have my icecicle lights hanging with snowflakes on the wire across my yard so that is nothing new to me there this is a reply to the one you mentioned about my heighbors thinking that I would be crazy
  3. Thanks MARK I will go a check it out
  4. HOW did you make the tomb mark ?? any plans on it or was it by trail and error
  5. OF what TOM my house with nothing out yet (lol) or pic's from what I did last year the ones I see on here are more worthy than mine have alot of yard but I dont untilize it much I cane get my halloween dec out and take some pictures of those if that would help
  6. Thanks Tom I will give that some thought the phantom theme I was going to use also when I get started with this is the one from andrew lloyd webers version I already have my costume done and when the music played then I would appear from around the corner Also I used to be in the jaycees here in montgomery and have 3 square strobes that I bought from radio shack that still work great and I used a trip sensor to start up the strobes when the trick or treaters would come up my driveway also I have 5 or 6 verious sizes of black lights if I sent you a picture or posted a picture on the board would it help out better I have a glow in the dark skeleton and a decapatated head that I sprayed with flouresent paint that used to scream that only lasted one year so the voice box isnt there anymore plus I have a fog machine that I bought from a warehouse club 2 years ago all I have ever done was put it behind my glow in the dark grave scene smoked up the neighbor hood last year have used dry ice before
  7. I AM new to this board and this is my first post or question I and my wife were talking about doing a phantom of the opera halloween display set to the lights so if anyone could give me some pointers on how to get started with this please do so
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