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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 bigj3fan4life

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    • Birthday 12/22/1971

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Each year it changes
    • Location
      Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
    • Biography
      I love Christmas!
    • Interests
      Christmas decorations
    • Occupation
      Chistmas Engineer
    • About my display
      Over the top.

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    1. Do you have a link to some pictures of the band project you built a few years back?  We are wanting to do something similar.

    2. The one I use is with the Manhiem Steamroller song Stille Nichte(spelling). I got it from someone on here. He e-mailed me the file. I do animate, but mine is not traditional animation. I do a Z Tree to the music with Linus in the middle of the song.
    3. I use Linus telling the story from Charlie Brown Christmas. It works out great for our display.
    4. A few years ago, I did the light and sounds of Christmas hack. Now I am using LOR channels and need to free up some channels. My question is will the LOR unit work with the LOR without burning it up?
    5. I found these at a local resale shop, would they work for you?
    6. We are looking to change or "shake" things up a little. I am in search of ideas for our display that are different, quirky,or just odd for our next display. Anyone have some ideas? Jeremy
    7. I liked yours. Here is mine.... https://www.facebook.com/ganesfamily.christmasdisplay?ref=tn_tnmn
    8. I know that a regular 150ct string has .51 amps. Does a 150ct multi function string have the same amp load? Jeremy
    9. This is where I got all of my Rudolph characters from. http://www.coloriez.com/coloriage-rudolph-le-renne-au-nez-rouge.html Jeremy
    10. This is my Bumble. Sorry It's dark, but it's the only pic I could find.
    11. I have lost the version of Mannheim Steamrollers Stille Nacht (Silent ***ht) with Linus telling the Christmas Story. Does anyone have a mp3 version of this? Thank you, Jeremy
    12. I tried to find you on FB, but there are too many Andy Andersons. Here is a link to my Chstmas Display on FB http://www.facebook....100002515177166 , or search for Ganes-Family-Christmas-Display. We too have many cutouts that we have made, and are always looking to add more. TTCD, Your cutouts are AWESOME!!! The Christmas Story ones are GREAT!!! I would have never thought about doing that. Send us a Friend Request, we would love to exchange ideas!!! Jeremy
    13. I have several cutouts I put on the roof every year. I built wood frames for them, I even have a couple that have multiple cutouts on 1 frame. I go to a local tire store and get an old innertube. Cut the inner tube to fit the part that sits on the roof, for grip. I also get sandbags and paint them with cheap flat black spray paint. Set 1 bag on each cutout (the larger ones take 2).
    14. I am having trouble writing a quick sequence. Every time i hit the view wave form button I get an Audio Analysis Error that says suscript out of Range. What am I doing wrong? and How do I fix it?
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