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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.

DaddyALJ

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    Torrington, Wyoming, USA
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    gardening, building cars and spending time with my family and now Planet Christmas and Light-O-Rama.
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    Crude Oil Pipeline Operator
  • About my display
    2007 - 32 channels of Light-O-Rama and 11,375 lights sequenced to 14 different Christmas songs. A mixture of C-9's, mini's, C-6 LED's, and concave LED's. A small nativity set, a blowmold snowman, a blowmold Santa and Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy around the Christmas tree.

    2008 - so far I have added another 16 channels of Light-O-Rama and working on some new projects.

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  1. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

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    I am looking to buy a Ramsey FM100B FM Stereo Transmitter that is assembled, wire tested and in good working condition. If you might have one, please contact me with information and cost. You may leave a message here or send email to daddyalj @ aol.com (no spaces in address). Thank you

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  2. LangfordDave, I have just read your post and I am curious how you attached the channel to you house? Your pictures are great and the explanation is easy to understand. Thanks if you have time to answer. Alan
  3. I have found the answer..... I should have dug deeper before I asked! Thanks....
  4. I year or two ago I came across a post with a sequence to Standing in Motion by Yanni. The music had been edited a lot and very well done. I downloaded the music and I think the sequence, but now seem to only have the edited music. I do not remember who did the work and was kind enough to offer to share. If it was you, or you know who it was. Would you please contact me. I would like to try and adapt it to my display. Thanks
  5. I did see some at Menards on Saturday 10-10-09. They were lit. I did not notice the cost ... sorry.
  6. Found this on an auction site. It is in Illinois. As of this posting current bid was $5.00. Just in case anyone might be interested. http://www.govdeals.com/eas/itmDisplay.cfm?itemID=329&acctID=409
  7. Found this on an auction site. It is in Illinois. As of this posting current bid was $5.00. Just in case anyone might be interested. http://www.govdeals.com/eas/itmDisplay.cfm?itemID=329&acctID=409
  8. Nope no reply here either.
  9. Not sure where to tell you to look but when I was a youngster back in the early 1960's, there was a woman in Wichita Falls,Texas whose name was Mrs. Burns. Sorry I do not know what the first name was. She was a very wealthy woman who had a very large home and would have a display in her yard that the whole town came to be a part of. There were many things to see such as Santa sitting in a rocking chair soaking his feet, A very large Jack-in-the Box that blew bubbles, Santa in an airplane and many other things. Mrs Burns died many years ago and in her will she left her display to Midwestern University in Wichita Falls with the stipulation that they display it for the city. The display can be seen still at Christmas time at the University there where it has been added to for many years and has grown considerably. I know there is a member or two here on Planet Christmas who live in Wichita Falls who might be able to add to this story. Good Luck with your research....
  10. How about: "There's no business like SNOW Business"
  11. If you can't figure it out, Ill send it to you.
  12. From Darryl's e-mail here is his quote: "ON SALE NOW! One Week Only! Feb. 6th - Feb. 13th 2009 We are out of some product and will have everything back in stock in late spring. "
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