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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.

Ben Hopkins

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  1. Howdy, not sure you remember me from last year, but did you get your show up this year? Thanks!

  2. I have sent my donation via paypal, may Bill rest in peace Ben
  3. I emailed Radshack about getting some help, several days ago, no reply from them.
  4. Hello everyone Is there anyone who might have the Arch Sequence to this song, I am trying to find someone who might be able to duplicate part of the sequence for arches shown in the video, click link below http://youtube.com/watch?v=HXFC574qQzk my talent on sequencing these arches are not the best, but love the way they were sequenced in the video mentioned above. If anyone could help it would be most appreciated. Ben
  5. Thanks Brian, I appreciate it and your lights are awesome !
  6. I watched the video on how to build the fan, I was wondering how many channels will this project take and how many lights per channel ?
  7. Hello I was looking for the sequence of The House On Christmas Street by Judy Pancoast, looked on Light-o-rama sequence.com and could not find it there, is there anyone who would mind sharing their sequence with me. Thanks Ben
  8. Hello I am in need of 4 boxes of 100cnt. Red/green wire 9 Boxes of 100cnt. White/green wire 9 Boxes of 100cnt. Blue/Green Wire I am wanting to make red,white,blue, leaping arches for the 4th of July Was wondering if someone here had some they would like to sell new in the box. please send me a pm. thanks Ben
  9. Thanks Chris I think I will go with setting them on bricks
  10. Hello I have made 15 mini trees out of Tomato cages and did not think about this until now, on the bottom of the cage, lights are connected to them and will sit on the ground, will this short out the lights if it rains or get wet on the ground, I used indoor/outdoor mini lights, or should I move them the bottom row up to get them off of the ground ?
  11. The hobby lobby in Wichita Falls, Texas has had thier light for a couple of weeks, 100 count mini's are 2.99 in Wichita Falls, was disappointed to find they only had the led mini in 35 count, was looking for c6 led to do a mega tree, maybe wal-mart will carry them, will have to wait and see. Ben
  12. I bought 15 of them 3 feet for .99 at Sutherlands Lumber
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