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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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teamneon last won the day on February 6 2018

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About teamneon

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  • Birthday 11/29/1976

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I got a bicycle as a kid for Christmas. I learned to ride without training wheels inside my moms apartment since it was snowing outside.
  • Location
    Paducah, Kentucky, USA
  • Biography
    Electrician located in kentucky just looking to get started with an animated display.
  • Interests
    Wakeboarding, motorcycles, boating
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  • About my display
    I have about 30,000 lights...all of which are sitting in boxes in my garage unfortunately. Im planning a show for 2017
  1. ya im buying a couple kits (pre-soldered boards) and prob a few pre-made sequences for my first year, but i want to make my own for next year.
  2. wow..and i thought i was the only one super late. i just mailed off checks for roughly $6k to the irs
  3. darnit if they would have posted this a week ago i would have snagged them when i drove to nash to pick up lights from jamie....grrrrrrrrr maybe if i can find one of those monopoly electronic games (the hot item for christmas this year) for the lady, we can make another trip!
  4. wow...looks like georgia would be the closest....eek might have to depend on other members buying and sending them the money huh. lol
  5. ive been buying/selling on ebay since 99....i get burned every once in awhile, but the other times make up for it almost. I sold a whole set of motorcycle plastic a few months ago and everyone complained about me charging $150 for shipping....but there were 10 pieces and a gas tank! ONE person asked to pick it up and i agreed....so he got a hell of a deal, and i saved a ton of time packing and shipping it!
  6. DogDawg wrote: hahaha you can put ANYTHING in your web search and get bad stuff...whats this world coming to. ill find a bjs and drive there...i dont care. Ive drivin all over for cars, bikes, christmas lights (thanks jamie), kiosks (ya, thats plural), white castles...etc
  7. w t heck is BJs? i guess a store like walmart? or like sams/costco? ive never even heard of it. awesome train
  8. Jamie, thanks again for the lot. I still havent unloaded them as work/cub scouts/hockey has kept me busy. But i hope to get these up if i buy a new house asap, if not ill at least use some at my old house. Awesome transaction (thats my feedback lol)
  9. did someone come in your yard and try to steal some of it? i just noticed the grave RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the boxes lol
  10. hi, i use a plastic welder to fix booboos on motorcycles. whats the main purpose of using them with light displays? (this is my first year with lighting to bear with me)
  11. wow super hot about what are the dimensions on that baby?
  12. phawks_99 wrote: dude just said he bought it...
  13. wow....i did good! too bad we dont have rep points here huh lol actually, i thought about driving that far but thought surely someone was closer. glad to have helped have a good day Jimmy
  14. Ive been browsing here ahwile but havent posted. I was browsing ebay and saw this assortment of lights that would be a good addition to someones show. If it wasnt 6 hours away Id go for it. Dont know what the reserve is but thought someone might want to check it out http://cgi.ebay.com/9-LARGE-ANIMATED-CHRISTMAS-REINDEER-LIGHTED-TREES_W0QQitemZ220040849241QQihZ012QQcategoryZ117416QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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