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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 festivus4u

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  • Birthday 05/07/1977

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  • Location
    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Biography
    I am married with 2 boys 13 and 11. I have 3 dogs! 1 wiener dog Jysse and Kallie who is a mix bull dog/boxer and now Hannah who is a mini yorkie.
  • Interests
    Christmas lights and coming up with more ideas for the Christmas display.
  • Occupation
    Church Admin and bookkeeper
  • About my display
    This is my 3rd year to have the lights computerized. We are get bigger every year!

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  1. Oh well that's not too bad! Well again War Eagle! I love it.
  2. That is awesome! How's traffic been since all this happened? And War Eagle
  3. I agree with everything yall are saying...I just don't want the element out of place if that makes sense. See this year we are recreating Cinderella's carriage and my husband and I are talking about whether or not that would be out of place if a Cinderella song isn't played or would people know what it is if there isn't a reference to the movie. I really don't care for an element in a display doesn't make sense so I am trying to make sure that I am not guilty of it too. I hope that I am making sense
  4. Ok good I was thinking so but I wanted to make sure that my thinking is correct
  5. So my question for the day is this...if you are adding a new element to your display do you need to or have to include a song that "represents" that element? Example would be a Disney element added to the display so does a Disney song need be sequenced so that the element makes sense?
  6. Thanks Bill! By the way, I have always been one of your fans!
  7. After not having our display up the last two years I am so excited that we will be having it once again this year! With all the rain we have been having we will be starting early this year....first weekend of Sept! We have already planned out the display and I will starting the modifications of the sequences! Super excited
  8. Please let me know how much shipping is for the used clear lights to zip 35235. I would like to pay you today for them.
  9. I am interested in your used clear lights....are they still available
  10. Ok.....wow I know that you should have gotten your stuff by now....I know that I was slow on getting your stuff out and I do apologize for that but posting this on a forum is craziness......
  11. Ok update....lights, cords and 3 controllers are now gone....I have one controller left...$160 firm
  12. Ok so here is an update on what's left...one controller for $160 is is 40 amps with no outside box but has never been outside. and over 20,000 regular mini lights (white, red and green) with about $600 worth of extension cords in various sizes for $300 (because of shipping)
  13. Ok so now there is 3 Controllers left each for $200
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