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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 bwolcott

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  • Birthday 04/05/1969

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    Santa Rosa, Ca.
  • Biography
    Been playing around with my LOR system for a few years now. I found I enjoy setting up for Halloween just as much as I do for Christmas. I
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    Halloween, LOR, Webdesign, Building Props, etc...
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    IT Manager
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    64 channel LOR system.
  1. Hey all just made some pretty slick social integrated updates over at www.diylightshows.com You can now connect to all your social accounts and import all your media right over to your account... Its fun and we have lots of sequences to that members are sharing.
  2. If you are looking for free sequences here they are. http://www.diylightshows.com
  3. PVC Pipe and a windshield wiper motor will get you a kick butt hangman. This clip shows the kicking motion. http://www.diylightshows.com/bill-wolcott/video/hangman-halloween-prop-diy-project-2/ This clip shows the parts. http://www.diylightshows.com/bill-wolcott/video/hangman-halloween-prop-diy-project/
  4. Hello everyone. Just wanted to give you all a heads up on a new site that has just gone live. Its DIY Light Shows http://www.diylightshows.com The site is basicly a holiday lighting social network with more power than any site online to date. Members can join free, upload photos and videos, creat blogs, sell or share their sequances (built in store that allows members to sell and the money goes directly to them via paypal.) cool profiles that can be customized, forums, there is a cool point system that will allow member to send virtual gifts, and so much more... Again the site is extreamly powerfull and offers functions that no other lighting site has to. Come check it out JOIN FREE. http://www.diylightshows.com
  5. Ugggg ok well Amazon refunded my 9 bucks now they say wait a couple days and they will have it fixed... lol
  6. Uggggg. Anyone know where I can find Run Rudolph Run by Marc "Doc" Dauer it
  7. Mine started on Oct 3. Its about 98% done at this point. check out the top two vid clips. http://www.srhalloween.com
  8. Hey all. Anyone know a place to get a good deal on extension cords? Seems like Home Depot has an ok deal at $8.87for 50 footers. Been picking up a couple everytime i go there, but I still need like 30 or 40 more. Home Depot link http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100650559&N=10000003+90021 Thanks All
  9. I will upload a 32 channel version for you tonight. with the music to match it... It will be here at http://www.myhallowseve.com
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