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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.

FDWhitey

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About FDWhitey

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  • Birthday 12/20/1970

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  • Location
    Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA
  • Biography
    I am a Firefighter/Paramedic, Paramedic Instructor, and CPR Instructor. I am married with two amazing sons.
  • Interests
    christmas lighting, ofcourse!
  • Occupation
    Firefighter/Paramedic - Paramedic Instructor
  • About my display
    My Halloween display features characters from Nightmare Before Christmas with the may piece being a 4'x4' - 3,000 light replica of Jack.

    Christmas has more than 20,000 lights and 48 channels... with more to come!
  1. I have an archway I really don't want to part with. the blower does not have the power to make it stand anymore. Is there a place to purchase replacement blowers? Any help is appreciated!
  2. Light-Keeper-Pro is the way to go!!!
  3. I have a dual-blower inflatable (santa popping up from present) and I found a hole in te seam ear the blower attachment. What is the best way to repair the hole?
  4. Yes they are - I bought them last year and used them last year. They are HD teardrop multi C6.
  5. Is there a way to repair a strand of LEDs that are out? Only used last year and put away working!?!
  6. First - your display is awesome! Thanks for posting the picture - the red looks good! I love the way you did your marty fan!!! I can't wait to see the video!! Thanks, Whitey
  7. I started with 16 channels and all incandescent. I am now up to 80 channels and mixed LED and incandescent. My big issue has nothing to do with saving money on energy cost as having the lights on for a 1/2 second here and there the increase in my electric bill was only $80 with 30k lights last year. I have been going to LED mainly due to power concerns. Last year I started popping circuits right and left. Bringing in LEDs has stopped that problem. As for buying LEDs - all of my LEDs are post-christmas sales. I have not taken part in purchasing from a vendor during the spring sale (if I recall there were some fire issues with them last year - but, the vendor did replace them from what I heard). I like the color of the LEDs, but some do give a neon appearence. The incandescents do seem to have a nice warm color to them. Good luck in your descision - either way - welcome to the world of animated lighting... it is an addiction!
  8. Last year I went and bought a bunch of 100ct red minis with a plan... problem is, I can't remember what it was now! So, I have decided to add some arches with them... but, I can't recall ever seeing red leaping arches!?! Has anyon else seen any and if so, howdid it look and is there video I can see? I sarted the first one, but if it is not going to look good I'll find another project. Thanks, Whitey
  9. Well, in january of last year I stored all of my mini's in a ball wrap and put them in large plastic bins. They spent the next 10 months in my attic stowed away. But, this year, as I am setting up my display I have atleast 15 - 20 strands that are half out. Only the first 50 or last 50 bulbs light up. I tried changing the fuses, walked the whole strand looking for damaged or missing bulbs and breaks in the wire... to no avail. Is anyone else having these issues? Is there a fix for this problem? Or, do I have 100ct - 50 working - strands now? Whitey
  10. That is awesome! I am teaching all this week - but, I will try to come by thursday night on my way home to check-out the grass. I really want to see how it comes out! I have started getting things ready but, haven't started putting anything out... I am soooo far behind. But, I have a pretty good layout this year and think it will go quickly. Hope to see you thursday!

  11. Good morning---- Hope all is well. Got everything but the front yard done,planing to paint the grass on Thur.(19th) then hope to be able to finish by thanksgiving. Have you started yet? If you need anything or help, just let me know. Talk to ya soon, Happy decorating.... Paul

  12. Hey there Paul - just stopping by to say hi!

  13. Looks good JD - I was going to add arches this year, but my yard is very small... I like the mini-arches... they look realy good! Whitey
  14. I would love to be there! I will be in the Ocala/Orlando area around Sept 19 - so that works for me! Keep me up to date! Whitey
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