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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. Evan,

    We have had our ferris wheel for 3 years now with no problem. We do place it on our wrap around porch so it is not directly exposed to the weather. We enjoy it as I am sure you will too. Wives are wonderful. One year for Christmas I received a light controller from my wife. It was great. :D


  2. Thanks everyone for the kind words!! Debbie (the artist) is from Mass. and is a relative of a family in our neighborhood. She took a picture of our display from her visit last year and made the painting from it. It is really nice and greatly appreciated. I felt like a little child on Christmas morning when she handed it to me. I was speechless.


  3. This year, our family received a suprise gift to last forever. A visitor of our display did a watercolor painting of our home decorated for Christmas. It is absolutely beautiful and it came framed and signed. We were really touched. It is just so cool.

    I just thought I would share.


  4. 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!

  5. Which stations are those? This is exciting news!

    Thanks for writing. I'm so happy to hear about the contest, and that you won!!



    The two our family listens to the most during the season are - WARM-FM and WROZ-FM. WARM 103.3 FM is based in York County and WROZ 101.3 FM is in Lancaster County both in PA. These two stations compete the most because they run the same format. Between the two, they cover northern Maryland to the South, Gettysburg to the West, Harrisburg and Hershey to the North and Philly suburbs to the East.

  6. Judy,

    I also would like to thank you. Last year our family submitted a video of our display for the local area newspaper competition. We used your song and won first place. :D We have around 3000 visitors each year to our display and they love the music and especially the "House on Christmas Street" song. Thank you for giving us permission to use your work and making us look and sound so cool!

    I also wanted to let you know that South Central PA. radio stations have had your song in heavy rotation for the last two years!

    Congratulations and welcome to the Planet Christmas community!!

  7. 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:

  8. Has anyone experienced this before?

    Added another controller this year, and you can power up either plug, but when both are powered up both of the GFI's trip. I have nothing plugged in the channels.I tried two otherGFI's I am using with other controllers and extensions and still have the issue. I have contacted AL, but wondered if anyone else has seen this behavor? Since I can turn on one or the other by itself I would think the fuses are good.


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