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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. Looks Good! How about Yellow Snow Cones? :santasmileyitty:
  2. I like to move it move it!
  3. Hello Everybody. Almost 3 years ago I joined Planet Christmas and made my Bethlehem Star using Plywood and posted a How To on my web site which you can find at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/star/ Since then I have been happy to see many people have found the information useful and have created their own stars based on the same techniques I used. It has been a lot of fun to see the variations and modifications people have used. Many people have improved on the design and the stability of the star. I would like to create a sub page on my project page that shows the stars people have built based on the design. If you would like to be included, please post any photos, maybe a paragraph on tips and techniques, and your web site if you would like a link to it. You can post them here in this thread or send them to me at [email protected] Thanks!
  4. Yeah it is always fun to hear/read comments from those that don't know the owner is listening/reading. I just read a comment on YouTube about my display which somebody wrote "This is absolutely jaw-dropping. Still, Jesus would turn over in his grave if he saw it. Wasting huge sums of money and effort just to make a show is equal to denying money and effort for the needy." I find the comment actually pretty funny about Jesus turning over in his grave since a lot of people believe he is risen. So here I am the bad guy withholding money from the needy. Of course most people don't think like this so it easy to brush off. I agree with the hobby thing though and I try to mention that in my FAQ on my site. Many people spend their money on much more expensive things that only they and a select few may personally enjoy. Which of course is not bad, it is just kind of ironic when people make these kind of comments. Our hobby gives back to the community and often times raises more money for charity than the entire display cost. The dogs bark, the caravan moves on.
  5. I wish we could just switch places for a week! I have not been to Florida in over 20 years. Utah has a lot of cool places but if you come you have to check out southern utah. Some really unique scenery that is breathtaking. Here is a small river that we ran on kayaks for 7 days
  6. That is Mt. Timpanogos and I have lived at the base of it all my life. Here is a shot of it my brother took. Growing up I lived pretty much in the middle of that photo at the base. Right now I live about 5 miles north just barely outside of that photo on the left.
  7. BTW Some funny ladder falls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZhMfzc9RbU Ok a little PSA Ladders can be very dangerous and please everybody be safe out there. In the 2007 season I was up on my 16' orchard ladder when it started tilting and falling (my fault for putting a small piece of wood under one leg to balance it when it slipped). I jumped from the ladder and tried to do a control fall and roll from 12' in the air. I really hurt my ankle and was sore for several weeks. After that little incident, I am always very careful now and a little more spooked out when on top of a ladder. Be careful out there!
  8. Hey Joseph. The guy is me. Nothing was scaled and no green carpet involved. All the ratios are correct. I took two photos and merged them together in photoshop.
  9. I get e-mailed many times on my site when people come across that photo asking if it real.
  10. A good way to find upbeat style dance/techno music is to go to iTunes and search for popular Christmas songs and then sort it by Genre. You will find all kinds of stuff under genres like Electrical/Dance/etc. -Richard
  11. That is the one I was talking about! Lots of good stuff and I found some really creepy organ music that I used for Halloween on there. Bookmarked! -Richard
  12. It is driving me nuts but I came across a huge open source sound library can can not find it now. Here are some others though. http://soundtransit.nl/search/sounds.php?page=1 http://www.soundjay.com/ -Richard
  13. Why do you have a sticker on it that says Fra-Gi-Le? Is that French or something?
  14. I think you are right that adding noise or other things will not work. The technology is really incredible though. I use a program on my iphone called shazam where you can just hold up the phone to any speaker playing music and it will recognize the song and display it for you. I have used it many times in the car while I am driving and it works really well and it only takes a few seconds for it to listen to recognize it.
  15. Hope your account does not end up like mine and they end up suspending it and everything is then gone. I am guessing they have a 3 strikes and your out policy because after they pulled the 3rd one, they suspended my account. The 3 they pulled where all the same song (for the different years I did the display) so not sure if they only suspend your account if you violate the copyright on the exact same song or just any 3. Has anybody else had their entire account suspended besides me?
  16. I have loved every single bit of PC over the years and I have loved the little moments of drama that have gone on. PC will always be a home for me. Warts and All! I would love to see a Religion and Politics section of the message board but I doubt it will ever happen. I think Chuck Hutchings could be the moderator! My only complaint is that I can not edit a post that is more than a few hours old. Everything else I Love!
  17. I went to one sign shop last year and they wanted $55 for a single 4'x8' sheet.
  18. They took down my entire account which caused every single video I ever uploaded to be deleted from youtube including the ones of my kids! I have now created 3 different youtube accounts and keeping all the Christmas Stuff under one account so if they do it again, it will not affect my other stuff. -Richard
  19. Well I just bought a Canon HF100 and I am pretty impressed with it. Thanks for the info.
  20. I shot that with a cheap Nikon Coolpix $200 camera. I now have a Nikon D60.
  21. 7 strings of each color to make a total of 1000 White, 700 Red, 700 Green for each tree.
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