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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.
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  • 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. Sarah Brightman has a song called "Running". The last portion of the song is all instrumental and I have used it in my show.
  2. Gotta have your cake so you can eat it too. I usually do what a couple of the other posters said, attach to the eaves/rafters with fishing line. Make sure the line you use is rated for enough weight for the item it is supporting.
  3. All I can say is sheesh! When I see a song like Sandstorm by Darude I use it as an intro (or an outro) song for the rest of the show. I brought it into Audacity and used the last 2:14, which in my opinion is about right for an intro song. I created a new 32 channel light o rama sequence for it this year and it turned out great. I also used part of TSO's Moonlight and Madness, the first 1:57. People like upbeat stuff in a show as imho it makes for a spectacular arrangement. woof woof!
  4. Try God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Mercy Me. I added it to my mix last year after I saw it in a few other displays from the prior year. It was a nice surprise!
  5. On the Sarah Brightman CD Symphony the last two minutes of the song "Running" seems ready made for use. I have used it in my display and it worked out great. What makes it ideal is that after the main part of the song there is a pause and then voila! I call it the "Running trailer".
  6. I enjoyed the video by Bryan Yu of his Illuminations display. On the video it said the music was the UFC theme, but nowhere can I find the music that was in his video. Any ideas? Thanks.
  7. We have always had quite a number of outside Christmas display items but last year was the first year the we did an LOR display. After Christmas we went on a buying spree snatching up good deals here and there and filling up one large cabinet in the garage, stacked things on a shelf between storage cabinets, another cabinet is filled with extension cords, yet another has stuff here and there, plus I have some stuff on the garage floor. With new wireframes on the way I think it is time to build a shed! I have found a number of free plans on the web and will gladly share them if anyone would like. Oh and I forgot I have my transmitter stored in the box on top of my computer desk.
  8. I made mine last year out of blue coro with white lights and it was an integral part of the display!
  9. I live near Sacramento and might be interested in some of the green. How many are in a mega string?
  10. You folks have me rolling. :laughing:
  11. I have been corresponding with Valerie concerning the Animated Santa and I have to say that she has been ever so very helpful! Thank you Valerie!
  12. I think they would have a limited use. I use a string of short lights to do the same job.
  13. August would be good. I'll post a link from the other forum to this thread.
  14. The yellow C6 looks like it could pass for gold or you might take a look at the orange.
  15. The yellow C6 looks like it could pass for gold or you might take a look at the orange.
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