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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.
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  • 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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  • Birthday 03/17/1981

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    Fieldale, , USA
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  1. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. We are going through alot of things right now and need your support. Devil is really working on me hard.

  2. ill try to get pic soon just be patient because they are in storage at a warehouse we have a very large display that takes quite a bit of storage especially when your dealing with over 6 miles of spt2 wire and 392 channels of lor and thousands of props and lights
  3. My dad works in a warehouse that deals in glass bottles now in this warehouse they have pallet seperaters made or 3/16 thick plastic sheets that he can get by the thousands for free they are solid unlike coro now try your local warehouse that deals in pallets type of storage and ill guarentee they may have them good louck i use them alot and they work great for making really big signs one for each letter
  4. you do realize you can make your own by using the older chasing sets of lights you know the computerized multi function lights im sure there is a post on here for that can anyone help them on this ive made a ton of these before they cant handle many lights but they do well to make things appear to jump or snowflakes fall good luck
  5. Would any of you please place some pics on here about your table setup and what you made it out of so i and everyone else can get apicture of it for building issues i think this would help all new people and people adding on to there existing tables thanks hope to here from you all
  6. I have a 8ft x 8ft table we built last year to put up our village but it also 3 ft off ground. Now its just mix match sets but someone donated 4,300 dollars worth of dept 56 to us dated from 1974 until today the reason donated was due to a non profit organization we are a part of and we decorate the entire town with this being at the local town hall foyer but i need help with some ideas on building on possibly upwards to not create more space issues do you have any ideas the base for all the layout is 3/4 styrofoam that has been layed onto the plywood table and ive carved some as well ive gotten pretty good at this but need help with design issues on what to do about 37 new houses and trees and all kinds of figures please help me i would also like to add a few tunnels for a train but need help there also
  7. man i have a ton of these things with and without lights that we dont even use as far as i know they all work and i think we only used them for one season ill take 75.00 plus shipping for them not real sure about the shipping deal and what ill have to do for this just let me know
  8. Well I got mine in and its is a total of 100 male plugs with caps this is such a great deal
  9. Well i did jump on that at the home depot cant wait to have enough this time of the year it gets really stressful especially when you come up short on a product thanks for all the great help you guys are awesome im sure home depot is getting alot of buisness so just for giggles who all ordered these like me
  10. Looking for some vampire plugs for a reasonable price maybe less if used i use spt1 wire i need around 100 male adapters and also that many in female i will pay via paypal thanks
  11. Yes it is Traffic is bad around the far end of town Think Ill just go to Fieldale and work a bit
  12. Not sure if any of you have heard of us but we are a non profit organization that decorates a small town community center. I started this back 4 years ago and im steadily growing by leaps and bounds. Please take a look at our web site at www.freewebs.com/fieldalefestivaloflights Please tell me what you think. I would love to see some of you guys come up this year to see what myself and my family have done. My family got so big so that we had to move the display to a bigger spot and we also made it into a fund raiser Seems to have gotten alot of attention from the public and many people have enjoyed it so far that it has become a family tradition for many of them especially on the light up night the day after thanksgiving because alot of familys are in from out of town. well i guess thats enough for now you can read it on the web page better plus all the pictures now this years set up pics are not on there but they will be at a later date plus all the upgrades to and controller adds to this years setup
  13. is it really nessasary to drill those holes for the strobes if they are standing straight up i just dont want to damage these strobes in anyway possible if so then will someone tellme how they did and got the best results
  14. have no clue just remeber seeing it somewhere and just never wrote it down man they were super cheap to i think it was like 7 18" stars for something like 40.00
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