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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
      My story that I remember is the entire family sitting around the tree at grandma's house after a huge meal. Slowly, year after year, less people showed up. The initial years were the best. Christmas has changed over time and for me is coming back around full circle to being focused around those you love and not the consumer side of things.
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      Sacramento, California
    • Biography
      Originally from Panama City Florida, moved to California to work at a television station. Ended that career and met my soulmate... and as of writing this in 2015 we celebrate 13 years together.
    • Interests
      Gadgets, Christmas Lights, Scuba Diving, Cruises to new destinations, playing piano, flying my RC planes
    • Occupation
      Senior Advisor @ Apple
    • About my display
      Wanted to do a display using LOR since 2004, but never had the $$ or time. Started in 2013 with my first LOR, 2014 introduced DMX successfully and tried pixels but didn't make it into the show. 2015 adding more pixels and hopefully by starting sooner and meeting new friends in the hobby, I will have reached a new milestone.

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    1. I enjoyed attending my first meeting in Sacramento, meeting many other Christmas light hobbyist and enthusiasts. It was so exciting and encouraging to see how much comradery and support there is in this group.  Thank you Plasmadrive for the invite ... I look forward to talking and seeing all of you again.

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