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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 Alec

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    Richmond, Virginia, USA
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    Self-Proclaimed Geek. Picky eater.
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    Computers, Christmas Lights, Legos
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    Somewhere around 15,000 lights. 15' PVC mega tree. Huge leaping arch over driveway.

    Should have 16 channels of LOR this year.

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  1. I'm working on my first coro project today to... a Tune-To sign. It actually wasn't that bad on my fingers.
  2. Cue the "You know that's illegal, right?" posts.
  3. Not to mention way beyond illegal.
  4. I doubt it does a real good job with your mp3-player music. Probably acts like a light organ. But, of course, if it does magically sync to your custom songs, that's really cool!
  5. http://planetchristmas.com/FigurePower.htm It's all there.
  6. You must have at least three channels in order to do a chase effect. Maybe add green? I've seen Halloween lights in green, orange, and purple.
  7. This reminds me... I've got an old one I'd like to sell.
  8. Pretty much the same thing as sparkleballs. www.sparkleball.com Still, neat idea. I'm considering some for 2009, if I can come up with a place to put them.
  9. That screenshot looks GREAT!!!
  10. If you use a metal pole, it will be stuck in the ground. I'm rather sure the path of least resistance would be for the lightning to strike the topper, go down the pole, and reach earth ground. I doubt much damage to your lights would occur.
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    Cool! Another Weebly User! It took me awhile to find the Photo Album Widget, I don't know why. It's under "Multimedia" on the side.
  12. Once the gray-on-white problem was fixed, the last forum template was okay...
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