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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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    Corunna, Michigan, USA
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    It's bright! And it's getting bigger. Check it out at http://ziolachristmas.co.cc

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  1. This was posted on Tonic.com's facebook! Awesome job!
  2. The powermat has been spoken for. The PCDJ DMX has been combined with the Various DJ pieces!
  3. Hello everyone, I know it's been an extremely long while since I've been around the PC forums....it's just how busy life has gotten.... I'm selling a few things that I wanted to share with you guys, in case you were interested. Offers are accepted on everything, just trying to move it out of the shed before I move. Various DJ Lighting Pieces - http://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/2515183223.html PCDJ DMX Software and DMX-USB Doggle - http://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/2515181436.html (willing to ship with paypal payment) Small lot of Xmas decor - http://lansing.craigslist.org/for/2515179679.html Unholiday/lighting related - Powermat Wireless Charging solution - http://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/2515178754.html (willing to ship with paypal payment) Thanks! Hope everything is going well for everyone!
  4. I know it's been awhile since I've posted, it's just been a crazy summer... but we just made reservations for a halloween themed weekend at a campground in October. We're thinking of doing a "disney"-like halloween, so it's family friendly. I found "Hallowindow" and it was ruled out because of the fright factor, but I noticed he had a ghost animation... (See here: http://hallowindow.com/products?downloadable=1) but I was wondering if anyone knew of a similiar animation that had more "casper" like ghosts??? Thanks guys!
  5. Quick question for everyone-- Are either Light Show Pro or Vixen Mac-Compatible? Or is there plans for a future LOR Mac-Compatible software? What I would need to happen (in the 2-3yr future) would be sync on a Mac then run a show on a PC.. Thanks! (Sorry if I am highjacking this thread)
  6. Today we had a hit from the wind.... My big 12ft tree snapped, and my snowman (as usual) fell over.. dang thing. Had to bring in my new ornaments as well, they were rolling all over and bound to crack. My Make-A-Wish sign fell, just brought that in.. The mega tree is shaking, so no show tonight. With under a week left, makes me wonder what's worth it and what's not for this year. :giggle: Ah well live and learn I suppose... Atleast I got pictures taken, if I can't get video..
  7. Now that we're nearing the end of the season..... What was this year's most popular song? :santasmileyitty:
  8. It's great to know he's Empire 60's-70's. I still think it would be great to see him restore to his original luster.
  9. Thanks shawniepooh! The uploader isn't letting me post right now. I'll post some of the damage later..
  10. This year was my first year animated, and my neighbors are very supportive. We have about 10,000 lights and we are doing very well for Make-A-Wish out in the country. Recently, I was talking to my neighbor, and she had mentioned she had a blowmold Santa that was her grandpas, and he used to go all out for Christmas, but her boyfriend doesn't really like to decorate, so she doesn't do the outside. Anyway, she showed up today with this Santa, and said "Here, I want you to have this.. I know it has a good home and will get used every year." So this has sentimental value.. He's cute, but being so old he as some scratches and dings. She looked up on ebay, and we think its a 1960 Empire mold. I was wondering if anyone cold tell me?? Also, I was wondering if anyone in Michigan (or nearby, I'm not so sure about shipping this thing! haha) could help me out, because I would really really like to see him get restore or refinished... As would she. Thanks everyone! Here are some pics of him. I have more pictures of the scratches, paint chips, and two holes if anyone would like to see them. The 3rd picture gives you a size visualization with the door. The bag looks a little odd, but it's due to dust.
  11. Hm. Must be new, I've returned broken lights and such because I wasn't going to keep something they sold to me broken.
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