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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 tcoody

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    1. tcoody

      Austin displays

      anyone know where the animated displays are in the Austin Round rock area?
    2. I am wanting to build a tunnel for cars to drive thru. As I have a split in our drive(around a tree) I can build it to 10ft and anything over that would be able to go around. At this point I saw 1 tunnel using 2" pvc over "T" post, 45 coupler to a 1" cross bar 12ft for the arch. They placed one every 7 ft in length. Any other ideas?
    3. In your video you said....."24inch snow fall lights, 14 bucks out of China..." NEED Contact information PLEASE???? PS thanks for the video, nice
    4. DITO, I bought a lot of things from Val at the Texas workshop in '08 and will order more as needed.
    5. WOW what a wonderfull idea, here is another: Make a picture book with photo's/drawings and lable EVERYTHING. Put instructions, devided into sections or chapters, down as if you were unable to be on site and your wife/kid/another PC person, was doing the setup and did not know how your display was constructed. This way if someone comes out and offers to help you can give them a section(page)and with little interaction from you can help you set up.
    6. to recap(and what I have done) set your Christmas light as you want them tripod remote triger(or time delay) bracket shots take LOTS of pictures have fun: I took a few where I zoomed in while taking the picture, gave a warp effect.
    7. I want a 70 foot tree... Just no place to put it with all the real trees. Looks good.
    8. As I am taking out my cables this year I will be using a sharpie and labeling them A-Z, when I hit Z I will repeat. My main concern is locating 1 cable in the mix and at the start of last years setup(OCT 2010) my cords were easy to tell apart as I had 1st year orange, 2nd year mostly orange and some yellow fade, 3rd year mostly yellowish, and 4th year were the most sun faded. When you have about 4 miles of cords you do not want to have 1 dedicated 100 ft cord that you need to dig thru the boxes to find for "this" location. By using A-Z I am almost sure that I will not have 2 "B" cords
    9. very nice,I have a spool too. Would you include a parts list for motor, sliprings, bearings etc?
    10. From my web site FAQ: How did you do it? With little elves and a BIG wall full of switches, the elves turn on and off the lights as needed in the song. if it is someone that is a tech I say see that little gray box.......
    11. looking back at my 1st year and 15K lights I think it looks worse than crap. But the people LOVED IT Now with over 150K I do not stop for long. After the show goes live, I think about what I want for next year, after putting everything away in January I start a 1 month break then I start looking for ideas, songs, discounted items. setup starts late July pulling out items for repair/painting, in mid-late August posts go in the ground for the tree lines. Sep/Oct everything goes up to start live testing in November. ---point of interest, I live 30 miles from my display and work mostly on
    12. 40 WOW that is a LOT of juice on one controller. Please remember that you would need to have larger outlets(most are 15 amp, you need 20 amp outlets), wire to the breakers, and breakers. Also do not plug both in to the same outlet as it would be to large a load, again most outlets are rated at 15 amp. I run 24 amps (100 strings) on a D-light controller but only for 2-3 seconds at a time, and do not like pushing most levels to that 80% capacity as I prefer 60% for a larger margin of safety.(said running all on peak 240 amps on a 200 amp dedicated service ) Sorry, did not answer your qu
    13. The area I decorate belongs to the camp that my wife and I are members of. They pay the electric, I pay for everything else. It is a large area for a display. http://starranchchristmas.net/directions.aspx Picture of the area, marked to give reference of size Red is 2 moblehomes, 14x80. Blue Large size swimming pool Small blue circle is the frozen lake, white=arches Green line = tree line in back Mary, Joseph, baby, under the Google thumtack Mega tree,located around the purple tree the purple square is the building
    14. Sunny and Jenna want to interview for the Racing Analysys spot. With a combined record of over 100 races and 40 wins, they think they have the stuff needed to do the job, now that they have retired and adopted some humans to take care of there needs.
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