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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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    About laser633

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      Holmes Beach (Anna Maria Island), Florida, USA
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      Electrical/Controls Engineer
    • About my display
      "Christmas Island" themed: Palm trees, Flamingoes, Penguins in Hawiian shirts.

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    1. Items For Sale I am coming to the Mini and bringing a carfull of goodies. I have recently moved and will have to start over on my display so I am offering some of my surplus. Please look for me in Celebration. ED Item Price Qty Lights Green, 100 ct $1.00 4 Green, 70 ct $1.00 4 Green, 140 $1.00 1 Gold,
    2. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Count me in. I am bringing some stuff (lights, enclosures, power supplies) to sell or trade if we get the chance. Ed
    3. I saw some interesting snowfall LED icicles this year. The municipal display in St Pete was outstanding. The only ones I could find were too expensive ($39.99 @ KMart) and too closely spaced (12 icicles on a 11ft strand). Anyone have a good source for the icicles in bulk? I would probably need to splice in additional wire for distance. What about hacking them for greater control? Thanks, Ed
    4. Thanks Brian, I had lost the info on the PVC Clip. What size do you use and how wide is the clip? I went ahead and ordered from the website just to have for next year's display. Merry Christmas. Ed
    5. Hi, I am cross posting this from the Wireframe group in hopes that someone can help me out pronto. Thanks,, Ed
    6. I need to hang a wireframe bell fom my vinyl siding. The double bell weighs around 10 lbs and the strongest peel-n-stick hook is rated for 3lb. What do you recommend? Thanks and Merry Christmas, Ed
    7. Hi, just came across this old post. Have you been up to Laudy(sp?) to visit Lori's DeLights? They are very friendly and will probably share some tips and sell you supplies. See her vendor page here on PC.
    8. Paul you and your wife did a great job. I enjoyed the day and it was great to connect with other enthusiist. I am looking forward to seeing you and the rest in Jax in April, Ed
    9. Pretty cool. If you have Wii and switch over to Light Show Pro you can actually map the guitar to lights!
    10. Thanks Paul. Looking forward to seeing you in Septmmber. Ed
    11. NICE! That is very creative. Good choreography. I like the "sundail" thingie nad the way uou use the three arches. I had neber thought of juggling before but your display opens up a whole new method. Thanks, laser633
    12. OK, Y'all think you're good because you can light a BUSH. These guys light something BUSHY lol (Oh yeah, it is clean and family appropriate.) ED
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