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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 compfire

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  • Birthday 11/15/1968

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Greeley, Colorado, USA
  • Biography
    Married with two boys (ages 19 & 22). I have been decorating for over 16 years. My display has grown a little bit each year. 2007 was my first year using synchronized lights to music.
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    Computers, outdoor activities, airsoft and Christmas decorating.
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  • About my display
    Our display has over 180,000 lights, and are on nightly from 5:30 pm till 10:00 pm from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day. The display is computer controlled with over 500 separate light channels. The lights are synchronized to music. The music is broadcast over a low power FM radio transmitter. In the yard there is over 20 animated decorations. There is a Santa's Workshop that is 12' long with 3 windows and 9 animated elves and Santa. The giant tree stands about 50

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  1. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    Shooting stars - LED clear & blue (Gemmy) NEW in the box, 8 count per set, 7' lighted length - 6 quantity: $15 each - incandescent mini lights NEW - blue (green wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 21.5 ' length - 17 quantity: $.50 each blue (green wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 23.5' length - 7 quantity: $.50 each blue (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 24' length - 7 quantity: $.50 each red (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 24' length - 12 quantity: $.50 each purple (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 24' length - 6 quantity: $.75 each green (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 28' length - 7 quantity: $.50 each purple (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 28' length - 17 quantity: $.75 each green (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 28' length - 7 quantity: $.50 each blue (white wire) / 100 count / Holiday Time / 28' length - 11 quantity: $.50 each red icicles (white wire) / 300 count / Holiday Time / length - 13 quantity: $1.50 each (no box) red/green icicles (green wire) / 300 count / Holiday Time / 12' length - 3 quantity: $1.50 each blue (green wire) / 100 count / Philips / 24' length - 2 quantity: $.75 each purple (green wire) / 100 count / Holiday Living / 25' length - 3 quantity: $.75 each


    Greeley, Colorado - US

  2. Did you get the software you needed?
  3. How much to ship the 50 red & 50 green 100ct mini to 80634 zip code?
  4. I would like to get all your red & green 100ct mini lights, if you still have them for sale. What type of condition are they in? How many seasons did you use them?
  5. compfire

    93.9 this year

    I won't step on your freq. Before I change, I will check with you and Ed to make sure I am using a different freq. SO Sorry to hear about your Wife. Glad to hear you still put up your display. I need to come by and see you soon.
  6. I will run a test on my 125ct section that I cut 25ct off of. How long (days, weeks, months) should I run my test on them?
  7. On my set that is where the section ends.
  8. I don't know about all LED's, but I just bought some this year and was able to cut them after 25 mini bulbs.
  9. compfire

    93.9 this year

    I too had problems with 93.9 FM. I have used this station for 3 years without problems. A new station in Loveland started broadcasting on it right before I put up my Halloween display. I made a rapid change to 92.9 FM (new $100 sign, and new voiceovers). 1 week after my Christmas display was up, a new station in Cheyenne, WY, started broadcasting on 92.9. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGG! Not sure what I am going to do next year. I don't want to have keep changing it, and paying for more signs & voiceovers. Maybe I will go much lower on the Radio 88.1 or 87.9 OR get a FM transmitter amplifier to boost my signal.
  10. Display is up and running too. 5:30-10:00 every night. 354 50th Ave. Ct. Greeley, CO 80634 Website http://www.thegreeleygrizwalds.com/ Mapquest http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&addtohistory=&address=354 50th
  11. Mario, great to see you on the PC board. The Colorado PC people are GREAT! ALSO, I saw the paper and your posting about winning "Best First Time Entry" - CONGRATS! We now have 3 from Greeley on here.
  12. I am looking for some giant bulbs that Lowes sold 2 years ago. They came in red, green and blue. They are 14" long and cost about $8 each.
  13. Wish I lived in the Bay area. Would you be willing to ship if I paid the shipping cost?
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