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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. Sorry, I didn't take into account the difference in seasons over there. It seems as though you have handled yourself very professionally. I apoligize for my assumtion of the contrary.
  2. Just curious: How many times have you tried to contact him in such a short time frame? Also is it really an emergency in February?
  3. Right, let me know when that happens. lol millh0use, where are you located in Ky?
  4. Yeah I know. I just didn't know where else to put it.
  5. Has anyone ever seen this before? It is beautiful. Well out of my price range. I know this should be in the craigslist thread but I thought it needed a thread all by it self. IMHO http://louisville.craigslist.org/clt/2155525389.html
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    Michael's LED's

    My wife saw LED's at Michael's in mini and c7 multi color. Does anybody have any knowledge of these lights? Are they half or full wave? Are they any good? I 've gotten nothing after christmas so I really would like to buy these, but I don't want to buy junk. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Michael's LED's

    My wife saw LED's at Michael's in mini and c7 multi color. Does anybody have any knowledge of these lights? Are they half or full wave? Are they any good? I 've gotten nothing after christmas so I really would like to buy these, but I don't want to buy junk. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  8. I am in the western burbs, Elmhurst 60126 and I am looking for animated displays to take the family to. Is there anybody close? Thanks, Mike
  9. Well just three days after I got it up and running, MOTHER NATURE TOOK IT DOWN. Storm pushed through last night and took out my 10 foot mini-mega tree. It had 16 channels on it so that was pretty much have my show. I went by to check on it after work and found it on the ground. The base ring which I had achored down snapped in at least three pieces. One of the tiedown cables broke loose from the stake and the 30 mile per hours winds we had layed it over. I AM SO BUMMED. I cleaned up a little but it's really cold right now. I didn't want to shut the show down so I left it running and unplugged the controller for the tree. The weather man is calling for another storm on Wednesday so I am not sure at this point if I am going to try and fix it or what. On a side note: Hey Steven how are you?
  10. After many issues with computer, lights and weather, I finally got my show running. It is in Radcliff, just outside the back gate of Ft. Knox. It is only 32 channels of LOR but I like it. The address is 1154 N. Wilson Rd Radcliff Ky 40160 Is there anyone else running a show this year in KY? I would like to see other displays, if your have something please let me know. I am sure Louie has his going in Louisville. I might try to go see him on Papa John's night.
  11. I am sorry to hear that. I wasn't sure if it was a nation wide thing or not. Does anyone have experience with LED's from Sears?
  12. Has anyone else seen the weekly Sears ad. There is a light trade-in for LED's. You save $4.00 on a new set and I don't see any limit specified in the ad! It's the ad for Nov 11-Nov 18 page 4 http://sears.shoplocal.com/sears/default.aspx?action=entryflash& I tried to post the ad or a pic of the ad but I couldn't get it to work.
  13. Thanks for sharing, Michael.
  14. Happy Birthday Chuck, and thank you for all you do to help us make memories!
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