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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.

jpohio

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About jpohio

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    http://www.madtownlights.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to have a favorite.
  • Location
    Madison, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    I have been putting a static display since 1996. In December 2006, I found Planet Christmas and came to the realization that I too, could have a animated display, so I took the plunge! Now I'm hooked, LOL! This is a wonderful hobby!!! Now spring forward to 2016 and I'm going to try something that is new to me...Pixels!
  • Interests
    Collecting Coca-Cola & Sci-Fi memorabilia, and of course... animated Christmas lights!
  • Occupation
    Manufacturing
  • About my display
    07 was my 1st year for animation. I had 40 channels & 13,900 lights. For 08, I had 88 channels & approx. 30K lights. No display for 2009. For 2010, I will have 200+ channels & roughly 40K lights (80% LED). This season will bring significant changes to my display...Pixels. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it!

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  1. jpohio

    Acdc In Indy!

    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
  2. jpohio

    Acdc

    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
  3. jpohio

    Acdc

    For those of you who have been waiting for the ACDC Agenda... you're wait is almost over, the agenda will be posted this weekend!
  4. jpohio

    Acdc

    Just a reminder... For those of you that weren't aware, LUO, ICE & C3 have been combined into American Christmas Decorators Conference - ACDC for short. So there isn't going to be a LUO event this year. For all the Columbus folks, I think Indy is a about 3 hour drive (correct me if I am wrong). Not to far to travel, for what is shaping up to be a great event! So let's see if we can get a big Ohio group @ ACDC!
  5. Are you going to C3 and want to know what to expect from mother nature? Then click here
  6. Now that the Light-Up-Ohio 2012 Event is over and in the history book, I would like to say... THANK YOU to everyone that attended! I (we) hope everyone had a good time and that you learned something new & exciting!!! I would also like to say... THANK YOU to Joe Erdeljac, Joe Davis, Bill Synder and Jon Gillie. You guys ROCK and we couldn't have done it without you!!! And a very special THANK YOU to our presenters & vendors at LUO... Santa Eddie (from Buckeye Santas) David Jones William Bruce (from Displaysinmotion) Greg Jones Carrie Sansing Val & Gary (from Christmas-LED's.com) Gregg Jones (from Winkelbottom Wireframes) My hat is off to each and every one of you!!!
  7. Well Light-Up-Ohio is almost here! For those of you that will be attending our Meet & Greet on the 18th, and are or would like to, participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange, all you need to do is bring a "wrapped" Christmas related item. It can be something you already have, or you can purchase something. You can spend as much as you like, but the general rule-of-thumb, is too keep it at a $20 max. We have a flowchart(thanks to Terry P.) , that will give you a pretty good idea on how it works. It's a lot of fun and you never know what you will end up with! Have questions, please feel free to ask! See you all in 2 days!!!
  8. So you're coming to LUO 2012, but not quite sure what to expect from mother nature... click here, as of today - it looks like it's going to be sunny & pretty warm! But as everyone knows, the weather can change a lot, so check back often!
  9. For those of you that have not registered yet, but you are coming to LUO 2012 - You have until tomorrow (5/13) at 5pm, to have our T-Shirt "included" with your registration. You can of course, register for our event after this time - right up to the day of our event... minus the t-shirt. And don't forget about our Meet & Greet on the 18th - It's only $5 and we will have the W-E-G-E for those that want to participate in it. Alcohol is permitted, but it's BYOB. Hope everyone planning on attending LUO 2012, can make it...cya in 1 week!!! www.lightupohio.com
  10. Just an FYI... If you are planning on attending LUO 2012, you only have 11 days left to register! If you would like to have our unique T-Shirt included with your registration, you only have 5 days left!!! May 13th @ 5pm is the cutoff for the t-shirt "with" registration! Our Meet & Greet is May 18th from 5-10pm and is sure to be a good time - Only $5.00! And don't forget to bring a wrapped gift if you would like to participate in the W-E-G-E!!! Light-Up-Ohio 2012 is just under 2 weeks away!!!
  11. Just a reminder... LUO 2012 is only 14 days away! You only have 8 days left, to get our T-Shirt "included" with your registration! And don't forget about our Meet & Greet on the 18th!
  12. Light-Up-Ohio 2012 is only 21 days away... time to get your registration in, if you're coming! If you register by May 13th (@ 5pm) , our T-Shirt will be included with your registration! If you would like to attend LUO, but it doesn't fit into your schedule... then how about our informal Meet & Greet on May 18th - It's a laid back, relaxed atmosphere and we will have the (for those wanting to participate in it) White Elephant Gift Exchange!
  13. Time is running out to get your registration in... LUO 2012 will be here in 28 days!!! ___ If you want our collectible T-Shirt included with your registration... you only have 22 days left!!! ___ Don't forget - the cutoff date for the t-shirts is May 13, 2012! ___ If you're attending LUO and would like to donate something for a door prize, that would be very much appreciated! Just send a PM to Bill Hoffman or myself and let us know, thanks!
  14. Are you planning to attend Light-Up-Ohio this year, but you haven't registered yet... you only have 35 days left!!! _________________ If you want to get our unique collectible T-Shirt included with your registration... you only have 29 days left!!! _________________ The cutoff date for the T-Shirt "with" registration is May 13, 2012!!! You can still register for our event after the 13th, but the t-shirt will not be included. _________________ www.lightupohio.com
  15. Light-Up-Ohio is only 42 days away! If you are planning to attend and haven't registered yet... you might want to consider getting your registration in - the event will be here before you know it! For anyone still needing table space - Please get in contact with Bill Hoffman or myself as we only have a limited number of tables to work with. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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