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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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    Milford, Connecticut
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    Christmas display, scrollsawing, fishing, bowling
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  • About my display
    Our display is located in Milford Connecticut. We have been doing the display for quite a few years and in 2006 started doing the display to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. Since 2006, we have helped raise over $3,800 for the Connecticut Food Bank. Last year (2008) we had 40,000 lights on the house. Hopefully this year we will be around that number!

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  1. Thanks ZMAN. I was looking for the strings of transparent multi-colored lights. Chris
  2. Looking for C-7 Strings. Anyone have any they would be willing to sell? Let me know. Thanks!
  3. The curtain lights and you can find them from All American Christmas, are literally just that. They're curtains. Strings of lights that hang down like a curtain. Some are about 6 feet long and about 18 feet long I believe... www.aachristmas.com Sorry it took me so long to get back. I haven't checked this in a while.
  4. Thanks Kate! That's really cool. Definitely an idea and would probably keep the cost down. Havent' even built the display yet but when I do this summer I'll post it.
  5. You could, instead of trying to "wrap" the house is use curtain lights. I've used them before and they work great.
  6. Okay, this is going to sound weird but for the display this year I'm incorporating mannequins...hopefully one boy and one girl for a scene I'm making out of plywood that is a sweet treat type of shop. I have been able to find some on ebay and for some good prices but figured I'd ask if anyone has any for sale that they wouldn't mind getting rid of. Let me know. Chris
  7. The local (Milford) Patch community did a nice write up on our home and thought I'd share it... http://milford.patch.com/articles/that-house-in-milford-back-for-the-holidays Chris
  8. I know that this is a problem for most of us with displays. Besides putting normal outlets outside on my circuit breakers (which I can't do as it is absolutely not a safe practice and not code) what do you all do to keep breakers from tripping? I have approximately 10 outlets (5 outlet boxes) all wired with GFI's per code. Problem is everytime it rains (not snows) I have to shut down the display because so many lights are out. I know I can't wrap the connections because that just gets condenses moisture and they'll trip more often. I can try covering them but it's always something that trips the GFI. How do you all put up with the tripping of the circuits? Any other tricks I'm missing? Everything is staked and I'm going to cover everything this weekend (loosely cover everything). Any thoughts? Chris
  9. 1000Bulbs.com does sell brick clips. Is this what you're looking for? http://1000bulbs.com/product/6073/SHL-31165.html?utm_source=SmartFeedGoogleBase&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_term=SHL-31165&utm_content=Brick+Clips+and+Wreath+Hangers&utm_campaign=SmartFeedGoogleBaseShopping&gclid=CP2Y3_XguLMCFQ45nAod6DMAGg
  10. Do you have any information on what I need to get setup to use your system? Do I just need the audio and the projector? Or do I need LOR setup? I was reading that you will sell the song with the animation but am a little unlcear as to what I need for the setup...if you can explain that would be great.
  11. Sorry. Forgot to attach. Here's what they look like.
  12. I'm doing the same thing this year. I got mine from Christmas Done Bright. www.christmasdonebright.com Here's a picture of mine (from their website). They are all LEDs.
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