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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 JMitchell

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  • Birthday 08/21/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Watching the childrens eyes light up and dance to the lights.
  • Location
    Greenville, NC
  • Biography
    A lifelong Christmas Enthusiast.
  • Interests
    Running, Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Owner of Mad Science of South Central Alaska
  • About my display
    2007 - 64 Channels LOR - 60k + lights

    2008 - 96 Channels LOR - ???? lights
  1. Hey I hadn't heard from you in a long time, how is it going??? would love to see how your Christmas display looks, when you are finished, post some pictures!!! I believe the last time I saw your pictures was actually your first year on here. I had loss my password, had so much trouble, I just had to start all over as a member but still decorating. I have pictures posted on my page from last year in my albums and will post new ones when I am complete this year.

  2. Just remember, it doesn't last that long. This stint wa especially nice though as I am 4 months ahead of taking my display down. I was able to get all of my cords and such up and rolled! Now it may snow again.
  3. I posted this once, but it got lost it appears.... Lisa, You better recind your comment or we will revoke you Alaska status! This is the time we look for that seperates the 2 halves of winter! Remember, in Alaska WE LOVE GLOBAL WARMING!
  4. Dance baby Dance! Now you know why my cords are stuck till May. Its not the snow!
  5. You come by and I will fire it up especially for you!
  6. Taking it down??? I wish! I know mine will be up till about April or so. The joys of displays in Alaska!
  7. Targets are at 90% (or at least they are here). Maybe give them a try? Good luck!
  8. Welcome to the world of press. I live on a cul-de-sac and that was our major problem all last year. With the being said, we were on the front page of 2 papers and the evening news twice. I was (by choice and to not tick my neighbors off) a slave to my display. This year, more lights, bigger show, NO PRESS. I refused all press coverage and left it to word of mouth. I have spent all of 6 hours total outside running traffic since Thanksgiving. Big difference. Now I go out because I want to thank goodness since we have had a cooold snowy winter here in Alaska. Like Womack said, the traffic is your responsibility. I would try the no press option as well as maybe a static display between songs. That may do the trick and good luck!
  9. It's winter... we are all hibernating!!!
  10. Hey down on the peninsula! The house looks awesome again as always! One of these years we need to make a roadtrip down to see it live and in person! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and if you ever head north, give us a call! Jeff
  11. You call em lights? I think it is more like freezing our ornaments off! Have fun Joe!
  12. I see how you guys are ... Talking behind my back when you know I am sooooooooo far behind! I called you last week Joe when I was in town. No Joe to be found.... =+( Tom, it was good to talk to you tonight. Joe is an A/L guy so we cant ask him anything! LOL And Lisa... The house next door to us just went up for sale! Here is your chance..... I will try and be around more often. Work is just so busy. I hate responsibility!!!!!
  13. Tom, I will take a look at it if ya want and tighten it up for you... That is if it needs it! Email it to me if you want. You will do fine and remember, I am only down the road!
  14. Great job Gene. I am right behind you rebuilding ours!
  15. Gene, I feel your pain. I lost my tree today as well. But we will rebuild!! Its to early in the season not to, right? I havent had a chance to see mine in the daylight, so I will have to access the damage then. Good luck onyour rebuild!
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