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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.

john southeast iowa

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About john southeast iowa

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  • Birthday 07/12/1955

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    Keosauqua, Iowa, USA
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    corvettes, computers, restoring old cars
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    maintenence supervisor
  1. Looks like I'm the only one so far. My matrix is 6 strings x 50 pixels folded in 2 giving me 12 rows of 25 pixels. String 1 pixel 1 is top right. Just looked at Nutcracker today and very excited with the possiblities!! Thanks! John
  2. Here's a video of this year's display. http://www.vimeo.com/17906993 My first Mega Tree with a growing tree inside. Back in the mid 80's I had a growing tree with 25 circuits making it grow and then decorate it's self. I used relays and a rotating drum(like a player piano) with pegs to trip switches turning on each circuit. I used a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood and drilled holes for the c7 bulbs. It was heavy and like a giant sail catching the wind and got blown over several times. We used it in our display for many years(painted it 4 times) and it was always a crowd favorite. I have been wanting to bring it back and worked it out in my Mega tree this year. I didn't get to do as much sequencing with it as I was wanting to, but like the saying goes....."there's always next year." I'll post some pictures of the old growing tree(wish I had done a video years ago!) and pictures on the Mega tree later. Thinking about seperating the trees for next year and adding more lights/channels on the mega tree. What does everyone think? leave them together as one Multi Tree or separate them into two Growing/Starbeams/Mini's and Mega/Spiraling Tree?
  3. Wal-Mart went to 75% yesterday......brought home over 10,000 mini's in 6 different colors @ $.62/100. And the greatest thing....I got them all at the first Wal-Mart we hit as the other's had been hit hard.
  4. Here's a video to my first Halloween display We didn't do one this years as we had too much going on(new items) with the Christmas display http://www.vimeo.com/17906993 but it pays to hit the after Halloween sales as it does with the Christmas stuff. You should plan on an outdoor speaker as most are out walking and not in their cars. There are sites with all kinds of ideas for Halloween...flying ghosts to shaking bones....lol.....have fun!! PS. there's a forum on here also...."Halloween Control"
  5. Hello???? Anyone else out there doing lights this year??? I know it's hard to post a video and such, but toot your horns and tell of your displays. Anyone that's fairly close might make for a nice roadtrip. Merry Christmas to all!!!
  6. Here's a link to my video from this year's show. First year with a 21' mega tree, also see my post under "toot your horn!'' on here. Merry Christmas to all! http://vimeo.com/17906993
  7. You have to use a handtruck to move it, and where do you store it in the off season? Then you have to screw outriggers to it with 24 lag screws, sounds like alot of work to me.
  8. I did a small mock-up using 50 count light strings to see what it looked like and liked what I saw. I have several other things planned for my mega tree and will tell of them as they come around.
  9. The final part to my mega tree will be the bottom L pieces. These will be
  10. Here’s my mega tree for this coming year. I’ll post this a 4 different posts/pics with each part of the tree. For the base I wanted something that could be moved around the yard easily and not fixed in one spot. I came up with using a
  11. I'm using shared neutrals and custom cords here also....tell me more about the 19 pin connectors(price, size,vendor). Thanks in advance and Santa's Marching Band is totally awesume!!
  12. Kinda expensive in my book! 10 1/2 sq. ft. for $39.99 plus $5 for shipping ....would you give $137 for a sheet of plywood?
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