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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 geogeorge

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    1. Nate thanks for stopping by. It was great to meet you. Hope it was worth the trip. Tell mom hi. Geoff
    2. A fellow dumpster diver. I would say about 80% of my lights have come from a county display that they trash them every year. Nothing better then free lights. Thanks about the trains. Still have lots of work to do on it. and your right can keep adding to it and making it better each year.
    3. you may need more then 09 for the train. I'm on year two and still have about 5 togo before its done. www.gtechdesign.com you can get a look at the train and the lights.
    4. A plan. No one told me we were to plan this. I go with what feels right to me for that year. I have a small house, small yard but once I went to animating it I found I could do some realy nice things. This is my fourth year with animation and my 10th year of doing a display. Like many I find myself asking why.....untill that one thing happends and you know why. Go with what you like or the wife will let you. Don't box yourself in with a theme. If you like themes try parting out your yard and doiong small themes and not your hole display. Hope this helps. Geoff
    5. here is a link to the story they did no my lights. been a good year for me. Made the T.V. news, the papaer and radio. http://www.cw11tv.com/pages/landing/?Man-sets-up-holiday-light-display-for-a-=1&blockID=159613&feedID=416 I guess I used all of my 15 munites of fame in one season.
    6. The question I have is how do you afford them? I would love to go LED but at the price they cost now, No can do. I can get a lot of minis at Wal-mart the day after Christmas for what 1 strand of 100 count LEDS cost.
    7. Added my info to your site as well. Glade someone told me about it.
    8. I use speakers out side and have a transmitter with a sign. The speakers are on a telephone pole by the street out of reach of vandels and just loud enougth to hear. I would be worried to many people would walk off with the radios.
    9. easytim wrote: Easy you only draw that? I had to up my service to 200 amp. I now have 8 20 amp circuits for my LOR stuff and 5 15 amp for the stuff not on the LOR. I think my max draw at any one time this year will be around 85 amps. Last year on 100 amp service I kept blowing cercuits. Easy when is your show going to be up this year? YOu know who this is don't you?
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