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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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  1. I do not remember the brand. The only colors out were clear and multi. I will check on the brand on my next visit.
  2. Here in central PA, Sam's club has C9 LED's 50-count for sale at $9.98 a box. Happy hunting!
  3. Our local Lowes has Christmas items out. It is sparse right now, but they had lights, wreaths, and a few inflatables. Happy hunting. -steveb
  4. I have to agree this is right up there ... :giggle:
  5. The Muppets: A Christmas Carol is our favorite and we watch it as a family tradition in our home each Christmas.
  6. This year we did this for the first time-- well sorta. We have several shows saved on SD Cards. We use AL equipment. We change the shows often. I had the Demented Elf do voice only (no music bed) announcements for us. I then calculated intro and closing to the songs. I keep this information and the voice track number on the cd on a chart next to the "broadcast station". Using a Carver CD with a Ramsey FM100B we mix randomly (not all the time - or between each song) a different voice over between the songs. It really sounds good, and it fills up the couple of seconds of dead air between the programmed songs. Yes you have to be there to do the mixing, but we only do it during heavy traffic time. I think it works well because you can change up the show on the fly. I haven't thought of using a Mic to say anything, but we have in the past inserted virtual santa's sound track in the show as well. Merry Christmas Everyone!
  7. The roof pitch is steep so a boom may be needed, but we have had success year after year using C-7"s with individual light clips. They attach to the shingle stay put and we have had no issues. -steveb
  8. You might try decorating more at Easter.
  9. All --you are missing the point. The glasses are for EVERYONE ELSE'S display. It's not to diminish the big display, but to add character and life to the single string on a 50ft. tree display.
  10. I too live in a cul-de-sac and my neighbors do absolutely nothing for decorating. The good news isit makes our house look even brighter. The sad, it would look awesome if everyone pitched in. We are averaging about 90-100 cars an evening. SOOOO--I asked and got approval to place in each yard next to me, a 12' blowup Grinch with hands on his hips and toes tapping looking over at our house. :laughing:
  11. It was an extension chord that went bad issue. Countdown clock is back in business. Sorry for scaring anyone :]
  12. Anyone else have a countdown sign from Michaels go dark? It has been working fine and tonight decided enough was enough I guess. -steveb
  13. Sams Clubhas a very nice nativity (Resin grade), nine pieces for $447. The tallest piece is 36". I live in PA so I do not know if it is available everywhere. I bought mine from Christmas Night, Inc. http://www.christmasnightinc.com/which is also mentioned in this thread. -steveb
  14. The comedian who speaks/narrates on the song did not release for play. I asked AL about the song when I received it and the whole song could not be included due to the agreement. You areright though, nothing is stopping you from doing it yourself. I just did not want people to be disappointed if they purchase the song thinking it would be there as I did.
  15. For all you AL users: When you purchase a pre-sequenced song from Animated Lighting, it also includes a license to play it publicly on their controllers. This license does NOT include the narrative voice over shown on the video in this song. Christmas with a Captial 'C' is shorter and starts at the first verse. It still is a great song though. Just an FYI.. -steveb
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