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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 catz369

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    • Birthday 03/16/1958

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    • Location
      richmond, California, USA
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      christmas lights,christmas trees the more the merrier and christmas ornaments
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    1. Hi Joe, Do you know the best place to stay and I wonder if they will have any type of shuttles from the airport to gatlinberg.I really would like to see some familar faces.Have I met you before Joe? I have only been to one gathering the christmas expo in sacramento a few years back. Was unable to get a ride to the morro bay so missed out on it.If you reply back to my personal email I will reply faster as I dont read the forms as often.. [email protected]
    2. Hi All, Anyone in california going to the christmas expo in 2013 in gatlinberg,Tn???I plan on going my partner can not get vacation for that time.Am hoping I will see some familar faces from california...Kim
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      Yes would like to know how to build. Great looking.
    4. Just added my name hopefully we get 12 com on california
    5. Thanks jaypelham , I will try that if I have problems I'll contact you.
    6. Hi , I have a static show at the end of my display also.But Does anyone know if I can add more than one mp3 file to the show?
    7. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.I bought some small AMP speakers and everything is working great.I have ordered The whole house fm transmitter and shoud be receiving it today.
    8. Hi everyone, This is my first year with LOR I just got my display set up last night.I have 16 channels .My problem is when I hooked up my speakers to my LORmp3 the volume is very very low.The Fm transmitter I had gotten did not have enough range and has too much static so am looking to get a good Fm transmitter.has anyone ever had this issue with the sound so low and is there a way to increase the volume?I only have the speakers hooked up to the audio port of the mp3music director
    9. I have some clear twinkle icicles or net lights Im selling.I dont know if that helps.Kim
    10. This is great if you are not ready to computerize.I had 3 of these and only used 2 of them.I enjoyed the ease of just pluging lights in and having the box take care of the music and motion of the lights.I need to get rid of this as I have upgraded to LOR.Im asking $45.Hopefully some one who lives in califorina will need it to save on shipping. If interested please email me personally [email protected]
    11. This is great if you are not ready to computerize.I had 3 of these and only used 2 of them.I enjoyed the ease of just pluging lights in and having the box take care of the music and motion of the lights.I need to get rid of this as I have upgraded to LOR.Im asking $45.Hopefully some one who lives in califorina will need it to save on shipping.
    12. Well sorry this has taken so long I have finely priced all my lights for sale.All of these are new in box if not in box are new in ziploc bags or wrapped in balls.Here is the list with prices. 17 boxes of clear 100 minis- $2 each box 18 boxes of Multi 100 minis-$2 each box 7 boxes of Blue 100 minis-$2 each box 2 boxs of clear 300 icicle white wire-$5 each box 6 boxes of clear 200 icicle sparkle-$5 each box 3 boxes of clear net 150 sparkle-$5 each box Am hopeing to sell to someone close to me to save on shipping. I also have alot of strands of mini lights that dont
    13. Hi all sorry I havent gotten back to you with prices I have been out of town for the past 3 weeks.Im still not sure what to ask for the lights.I was hopeing to go to the potluck but couldnt get a ride.Maybe next time.If anyone needs to contact concering the lights email me at [email protected] Thanks kim
    14. Just like most everyone I'm in the process of changing out my lights to LEDS.I have alot of new boxes of mini lights never been used.approx 10 boxes Most are clear with white wire.2 boxes of 300 clear icicle lights white wire,3 boxes of 150 net lights random sparkle,6 boxes of random sparkle 200 clear icicle lights,4 boxes 100 strands with green wire the opened lights are in ziplock bags approx 10 100 multicolor with green wire.6 100 or 300 balls of green lights with green wire.3 to 6 balls of blue lights w/green wire.And many more I havent figured out what I'm asking as of yet
    15. Yes I had a great time and you pulled off a great event.It was great meeting new people who are just as nuts as I am about christmas lights.Im looking forward to to learning about my LOR2MP3 that I came home with.Im sure I will have lots of questions..Thanks everyone who was involved in getting the CACL workshop put together.
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