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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.

blazerstephen

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About blazerstephen

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  • Birthday 06/02/1977

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Biography
    Love the christmas season and the lights that brighten this holiday.
  • Interests
    Lights
  • Occupation
    Locomotive Engineer
  • About my display
    Animated display

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  1. Thanks for thinking of us. So many in our neighborhood and our city lost their homes. We will have to have a new roof and eaves replaced. Its minor compared to others. Thanks again to those who emailed that were checking on us. -stephen
  2. It was good to meet you last night. We enjoyed watching your display. Carey

  3. ive got about 7000 lights out so far, like gina said the rain has been rough thru october, im behind...... and no ladder injuries for anyone!!! -stephen
  4. one way i did a couple of mine a few years ago was put all clear lights on some of mine and use the Krylon stain glass spray paint or Krylon Xmetal spray paint to paint the lights what ya want them to be depending on what the frame is, those sprays have limited colors though. -stephen
  5. thats strange, do they have the thicker glass like the GE or sylvania outdoor floods? i know some of the chepo floods have very thin glass, but still dont know why they'd crack unless maybe a cold rain after they were on and hot, just a thought, may not be that though.... -stephen
  6. ill check auto zone and the other auto stores as well as ACE, walmart and kmart have the Xmetal paint but they dont carry the green for some reason, no one at the stores had an explination. oh and im using some of it to spray the lights on some of my wireframe christmas trees where they have faded over the years, alot faster than changing bulbs or whole sets out. thanks, stephen
  7. i need to find somewhere online that has the green krylon stained glass spray or green krylon X-metal spray paint. ive found places that sell those paints but cant seem to find it in green! thanks.... -stephen
  8. chuck, they will be dimming together. -stephen
  9. question about dimming the mr16. i have a lighting project im working on at my church where power usage is an issue so i figured i could use the mr 16's and it would take care of our problem. i need to be able to dim them up and down for a drama. i know i can use my pc power supply for the power for them, but can't use light o rama or computer every night because; one i will not be there every night to run it and two is the scene in the drama will not last the same period of time every take. it will have to be dimmed after the actor finishes a certain line. so what im asking is there any type of dimmer i can use inline after the PC power supply that would work? or any other option? thanks, stephen
  10. dont know if its just the hobby lobby's here in alabama but i went to 2 diff ones today and this year they are stocking G.E. Led's and reg GE lights also, did not see any Westinghouse/Holiday Creations. i was happy with the holiday creations i bought from there last year, had about 3000 of those and had no problems with them. I wonder how the G.E. ones compare? -stephen
  11. tongue twister i know.... i have a dryer motor that has the blower fan on it and thought about making a smaller scale tube dancer, air sock or whatever ya call them. maybe put the motor and all in a weatherproof box with weather vents for motor ventilation. my mother can sew very well so she could make the sock from some type of outdoor material that is lightweight. any thoughts, comments or helpful info? -stephen
  12. ill also say i was very pleased with kevins' mr-16's, great customer service and prices. -stephen
  13. Ill be there, staying at the Galt House. cant wait itll be my 1st PLUS. -stephen
  14. i would but i am saving all my extra time and money for PLUS 2009 in Louisville. hope some other bama folks can make it there -stephen
  15. wow, i love it!! looks bright. now let me go get my sunglasses......... really like the lights hanging vertical on the house -stephen
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