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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.

Mark Sloat

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About Mark Sloat

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  • Birthday 04/09/1968

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  • Location
    Montgomery, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    Just starting over again due to a bitter divorce.
  • Interests
    Computers, lights, and dogs!
  • Occupation
    Electronics Tech
  • About my display
    Basically just starting over again after divoroce.
  1. It is pretty sad but I only have a few things up. Which I have to kick myself but nothing I can do about it right now.
  2. I was thinking after looking at all the neat stuff. I wonder if anyone has made a moving Christmas popup book. One that changes it page etc. That would be cool.
  3. Or you could actually have it drop to the ground. When he gets to a certain point, have it bring him up to a starting point and drop him again.
  4. What I have always wanted to do and I told Greg Parcel, was to sync links with many display across the country. 4 households could be controlled by 1 thru a network. It could happen. LOL
  5. Thank you Bill. But it wouldn't be fun if I didn't do it myself. Thank you though.
  6. NO, I don't can't do that. Didn't mean for anyone to feel sorry for me and give me a hand out. I just wanted everyone to know that when I did post pictures not to make fun of me. LOL Do you know what mean? LOL. But I thank you for the offer. Trust me, I will get back to normal soon. I might have a to buy a few things before making it though. But I am more into making it than buying. It seems to easy to just buy it when you can sit down and design your own stuff.
  7. Thank you! I wouldn't hold your breath with the display this year. When I say I don't have nothing I mean I don't have nothing. LOL So I am just going to be in the background this year and not post any pictures. I would ashamed posting a pictures of just a bush with lights.
  8. Western Digital. Go for like the 1TB ones. I normally use them to back up pictures, music, etc. And I have multiple computers so I know what you are talking about. I know there is a software package so you can have all the files backed up threw a network but I forgot the name of it.
  9. I just use a usb hard drive. It is better and I don't have to worry about space or the site going under and loosing all my files. The only person you can trust is yourself.
  10. I think you should just put one thing out and that is it. I know it will be hard for you to do, but just pick on bush etc and light it up. Don't put any signs out just light up one thing.
  11. This all can be fixed by just saying "I love you!" LOL. It works for me everytime.
  12. I just got back to the forum, I don't need an infraction or a pink slip.
  13. GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! If you get Michael Jackson to come out of the tree afterwards, I am leaving. LOL
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