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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 radiomarsh

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  • Birthday 10/23/1959

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    Troy Near St. Louis, Illinois, USA
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    Broadcast Engineer

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  1. The Gingerbread house is made of plywood and Styrofoam. It is designed to come apart for easier storage. My wife wanted this for many years and I finally got all the pieces cutout and assembled. She did all the painting.
  2. Here is a short video of our 2014 Display. These are some of our additions this year. The Snowglobe is over 10 feet tall. The megatree is 23 feet tall. The megatree is made with rgb strips and a pixlite16 controller from, http://www.HolidayCoro.com . Merry Christmas from Troy Toyland. visit us at troytoyland.com
  3. We turned em on last night! I didn't think we would make it on time this year. Seems like the year flew by...or am I just getting old?
  4. After watching the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, I now see why LEDs have not come down much in price. All of the available stock was used on the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest! Unbelievable displays! Radiomarsh
  5. What about the Tiki Bar? Now that sounded like a good project! :]I hope those mounts work well for you. Marshall
  6. The real problem occurs when you are "sniped" on an auction and it turns out to be your wife!
  7. They can give "a second chance offer" to the next lower bidder. This happened to me on a couple of auctions. That way they get the bid up and do not have to pay relisting fees. Marshall
  8. Great Find. I need some this year too. Marshall
  9. How would one get in contact with blowmoldsrus to place an order. Time is running short.....tick...tick...tick.... Thanks, Marshall
  10. Very nice effect! Are they going to be animated? Marshall
  11. I have used acrylic domes in the past for outdoor fixtures. Here is a link: http://www.cleardomes.com/domes.htm?gclid=CKb_0NKG-Y0CFQKkIgodrmOsKw but.....open your wallet:shock:
  12. That's the beuty of PC ...the free sharing of ideas. Feel free. If you need any help, let me know. Thanks, Marshall
  13. I wish I had seen that before Christmas. We have Santa visit each year in a tent we put up in the driveway. I've wanted to put one in the tent for added decortation. This year we used a fireplace printed on mylar and it just didn't look as good. Thanks for the heads up.l We'll be getting one for next year. Marshall
  14. What kind of adhesive do you use. I've tried afew with very bad results. Anything solvent based just kind of melts the styrofoam. Thanks, Marshall
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