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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. Preview of our 2015 Celebrate the Light program.
  2. Wow that looks great! That train is very cool! Merry Christmas.
  3. Thanks Tom. It is really hard to get a good video of LEDS, because they are so bright. Scott
  4. Here is one of my videos. Carol of The Bells. 256 channels of D-Light Control plus four Firefli. http://vimeo.com/8446268 Scott
  5. I have some Firefli I could bring. They were on my Mega Arch this year.
  6. Don, I am sorry to hear this. I came by your display this year and it is great. You always do such a great job. I am shut down also due to the 3ft snow drifts in my yard. I guess there is always next year.
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    I am shut down until the snow melts. I may be done for the year. Snow drifts 3 ft high covering my yard lights. Thinking about next year now. Merry Christmas to everyone.
  8. Chuck, I second this. My wife and I have been by twice so far and plan on coming again. Words cannot describe what you have done. Thanks for doing this. Your programming is second to none!!!! Scott and Rochelle
  9. Well all of them I have got fade the exact same. I wonder if it depends on color because I did not buy any color but cool white from CVS and Target.
  10. I will agree that the Walmart LED 60 count concaves are great. I have over 100 strings and have not lost one yet. I also agree that they fade great. They are made by Everstar. These same Everstar LEDS are sold in a different box at Target, and CVS.
  11. Sean, I went by your house last night. I really like the big tree. I have never seen anything like that before. I also like your arches. They are sequenced very well. Scott
  12. How many channels is that matrix display? Your display looks amazing. I must get out there to see it in person this year.
  13. Keith, I came by on Saturday night. You did a great job. What type of LEDS do you have outlining your house? I noticed you had multiple colors. Love the Snoopy. Did you make that?
  14. Paul, any pricing on C9 LED replacements? I am wanting about 2200 for next year. Thanks.
  15. I finished last night. I was thinking that I was going to have some problems getting my 4 Firefly to work correctly on my Mega Arch, but they are working great. I just hope it stays that way. skjeffreyc thanks for the map. I can't wait to see all the displays.
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