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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 stuart

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  • Birthday 12/02/1969

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    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Biography
    Married with 2 small children (age, not height <grin>). Manage a group of 39 Travel agencies.
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    Christmas, Halloween, Science Fiction, Music
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    Travel Industry
  • About my display
    I have a 48 Channel Lightorama Display.

    I broadcast with an FM Transmitter.

    Overall it is a pretty basic setup currently, but slowly making it look better each Christmas.

    The good news is I seem to be starting earlier each year!

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  1. Hi Everyone, I thought this was a pretty cool project on Kickstarter that some of you might want to participate in! A group is putting together a new stop-motion feature film based on the award-winning book Auntie Claus. Various animation people from Laika, Mackinnon & Saunders, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation Studios are involved and if you are fan (like me) of the Rankin/Bass holiday TV specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman it is just an awesome opportunity! FYI, I am not involved with the project, just a huge fan! Full details are here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/athenastudios/auntie-claus-the-movie Is anybody else here backing it? Stuart
  2. Excellent, so really a simple addition! Thanks to you both for the info!
  3. In a number of the recent videos with animated light, they seem to have a number of extremely bright (looks like headlights almost) facing toward the crowd that come on for just an instant. Does anyone know what these are? Thanks, Stuart
  4. Hi Sielbear, Do you have pics of those windows in daytime and that setup? It looks impressive!
  5. Thanks Tom that is awesome! Sure you had nothing better to do!
  6. Santas Helper, do you happen to have a closeup pic of the back of the snowflake and clip? I am having a similar problem and that might solve it!
  7. I may have some extra this year too. I was thinking I might add them to the boughs I have running along our main floor gutters.
  8. Just had to add my congrat's - that is amazing!
  9. Thanks that was actually very helpful. At least I can try and stop eyeballing it!!! I like the tack box idea and will do that. Thanks for the help!!!
  10. I really don't like (read as detest) Mini lights....BUt I have 11 wrapped tomato cages and each year, I go through the process of searching for the problem. This year however, I seem to be running into a case of plugging in replacement bulbs and the light being very dim. I know they can be different from size and I believe voltage, but is there a way to tell just by looking at the bulb's if you are replacing them with the correct type? Thanks!
  11. That is amazing, do you have any other video of it? I was trying to visualize this in relation to your house.
  12. WOW, I am not sure I would ever take that down! It looks great!
  13. Have you purchased all your ext. cords yet? That was what caused me the biggest heart failure! The controllers were the cheap part!!
  14. You are an evil, evil person! Here I am trying to control myself and your just egging me on!
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