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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.

Ken Knighton

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  1. On idea #1 woul d you have ti worry abiut the strings sagging? if you want a laser type look I imagine the strings have to be perfevtly taut.
  2. So basically they are the first mega trees! Seem like pretty easy way to set up several of them. Too bad they're out of business. Anyone know where or if they still sell them?
  3. Tom, Can you give me more information about your powerd track? I understand you used battery chargers, is that correct? If so I'd love to know how you connected them to the track, how much track one charger will effectively cover and any other detailed information you'd care to share. Thanks in advance. Ken Knighton

  4. I have a street light in front of my house also. It used to bug me but once I got the display to a certain size, you never even notice the street light. Just keep on growing your display and simply outshine the thing. works like a charm. An added benefit is it would help slow down vandals as the yard is not dark when the display is off.
  5. Have just one tree to get the lights from. Will only take 10 mins tops, just hadn't gotten to it. Everything else is done.
  6. bear-bear the trucker wrote: No biggie. Drill a hole in and put one of those lights in them. You can find them at Hobby Lobby. They're in the doll house seciton and are the same lights as are uisusally found in blow molds.
  7. I think putting Lights more toward the bottom makes some sense. That way people might be more inclined to view the other topics as they go by them. Otherwise they just click on Lights at the top and ignore the rest. or maybe I'm crazy - always a good possibilty!
  8. Richard, You probably already know this but if you finish the basement you won't get all of that money back out of it when you sell. If you can do it yourself you might make a few bucks but otherwise you would lose money on the deal.Also I live in a covenant community - almost impossible not to nowadays - and have no problem with my display. But in fairness I don't generate as much traffic as you and the community is not gated. Bottom line Iwouldn't rule someplace out because of an HOA. I'd check the covenants beforehand though and maybe ask some prospective neighbors. Otherwise I fear you might limit yourself quite a bit.
  9. Have you checked at REI yet? they have some nice climbing harnesses
  10. Just saw something at Home Depot which might be useful for a roof grid. They're premade snow fences that roll up. Basically they're slats bound by wire .
  11. Just saw something at Home Depot which might be useful for a roof grid. They're premade snow fences that roll up. Basically they're slats bound by wire .
  12. Michael B wrote: Michael, Ok I've got to ask. What temperature is cold for you? Don't get me wrong I grew up in Louisiana but I'm thinking Florida ia another kettle of fish altogether.
  13. Ooopps....haven't done a double post in a while.
  14. Our tradition is to leave them on midnight on New year's Eve, so I have 40 more minutes. The first couple of nights are always hard because it seems so dark and gloomy outside, even with a nearby street light. Teardown....we have had several snow storms again this December so some stuff will take a while. But will make big effort to get the bigger stuff - carousel and ferris wheel in as soon as possible so will dig them out if snow doesn't melt by the weekend. Second year in a row for pretty severe weather and the display has taken a beating the last couple of years so getting it all put up asap.
  15. I want to animate a portion of my display next year. I understand the basics (very basic) of how the technology works. However I've never seen this question....I'm not that musical so is it difficult to figure out how to program to music? Do you need basic music lessons?
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